Huawei Technologies Malaysia Sdn Bhd (Huawei Malaysia) has signed a Memorandum of Agreement to implement a Work-Based Learning (WBL) Education Programme with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) to jointly develop highly employable digital talent.
Under the WBL programme, students will undergo two years of study in UTAR and one year in Huawei for on-the-job training to obtain a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics Systems.
“For a smooth transition to employment, work-based learning has become more crucial than ever. Through work-based learning, students will get hands-on practical training which will help them apply what they have learned from textbooks,” said Mr Choh Yau Meng, Huawei Malaysia’s Vice President of Human Resources.
“It will also provide them employability opportunities as they would already have exposure to working in a global ICT company such as Huawei,” he said at the signing ceremony at the Huawei Customer Solution Innovation Centre recently.
A key component of the Bachelor of Technology in Electronics Systems degree, the WBL Programme involves Elective Courses that feature on-the-job learning for undergraduates through practical, curriculum-related work assignments.
UTAR students will spend one year being assigned to training at designated Huawei venues, gaining valuable experience in real working environments by learning from and working with industry professionals.
UTAR President Ir. Prof. Dato’ Dr. Ewe Hong Tat said, “Through the establishing of the Work-Based Learning (WBL) programme under this MOA, our students will be able to acquire hands-on practical training and learning, and industry working experience, which contributes to deepening their understanding on the real work culture of the industry, and preparing them to be resilient and adaptable across changing environments. This arrangement is a good collaborative outcome between the university and the industry.”
The WBL Programme aims to equip graduates with an additional edge by providing them with opportunities to network with established professionals, develop soft skills, and adapt to working conditions and challenges.
Huawei has forged strong relationships with educators to cultivate the next generation of talent to meet the demands of a highly competitive ICT industry. This partnership with UTAR is yet another bridge to close the talent gap of a rapidly evolving digital landscape.
“Together with UTAR, we look forward to contributing further to developing Malaysia’s talent pool and boosting the country’s ICT industry,” added Mr Choh.