Collaboration on tech training and sharing

Abdul Karim (left) at the signing of the Certificate of Collaboration between Serba Dinamik Group Berhad and Unimy witnessed by Mohd Daud (right).

KUCHING: Serba Dinamik Group Berhad (Serba Dinamik) and University Malaysia of Computer Science and Engineering (Unimy) signed a Certificate of Collaboration (COC) involving technical training and technology sharing, expertise and certification programmes recognised by a TVET institution, Politeknik Malaysia in Terengganu.

The signing ceremony which was streamed live on Unimy’s Facebook page Monday (Nov 9) involved three Politeknik branches — Politeknik Besut Terengganu, Politeknik Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Dungun and Politeknik Kuala Terengganu.

The COC was signed by Unimy’s Vice Chancellor Professor Datuk Ts Dr Mohd Razali Muhamad while Serba Dinamik Holdings Berhad was represented by its managing director, Datuk Dr Ir Ts Mohd Abdul Karim Abdullah.

Abdul Karim pointed out that Serba Dinamik had long been involved in international and local business, thus the collaboration should be used as a key to success in the Industrial Revolution (IR) 4.0.

“We need to realise that the 21st century learning syllabus needs to be sown and implemented according to technological developments that are changing so rapidly to face IR 4.0. 

“At the polytechnics and university levels, they need to be prepared to accept the challenge of forming a stronger digital ecosystem,” he said when signing the COC.

Abdul Karim also explained that it is a process where every level of education institution needs to seriously continue to support the mandate of IR 4.0 to remain relevant in the current market developments.

“I have full confidence that this joint collaboration can help students at the polytechnic and also Unimy to have strong expertise to give them job opportunities in the future,” he added.

Mohd Razali stressed that in this uncertain situation, an organisation (especially institutions of higher learning such as universities and polytechnics) cannot operate alone or solo, so smart collaboration must be formed so that limited resources can be used more optimally.

“I am confident that the desire to collaborate between Unimy and these three other polytechnics will be followed by hard work in achieving the target of agreement of several academic or research projects to create success stories that will provide greater encouragement and motivation or high impact.

“The cooperation will also result in savings in terms of finance, human resources and other physical resources, and I believe the advantages of each of these parties will be synergised together and this effort will continue to preserve the collaboration,” he explained.

Director of Politeknik Besut Terengganu, Che Mukhtar Bakar, said that the polytechnic has made history for a long time in providing TVET in line with the demand for skilled manpower in the field of IR 4.0.

“We have trained students in various technical and vocational fields in line with IR 4.0 with emphasis on the development of the Internet of Things (IOT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

“The collaboration between Serba Dinamik and Unimy and other polytechnic branches can produce students to achieve graduate marketability to become a developed country in line with the digital and technology industry,” he said.

The main agenda in the collaboration between the three polytechnics, Serba Dinamik and Unimy are as follows:

• Cooperation in curriculum development;

• Involvement in staff and student development and mobility programmes;

• Involvement in research, research innovation and publishing programmes;

• Involvement in seminar, workshop symposium and community activities;

• Involvement in entrepreneurship and commercialisation programmes and;

• Sharing information of knowledge, skills and equipment in areas that have been identified together.

Also present at the signing ceremony was director of Politeknik Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Dungun, Mohd Fikri Ismail and director of Politeknik Kuala Terengganu, Dr Mohd Daud Isa.