Malaysia to Accelerate Growth of Data Professionals

  • Public and private sectors come together to raise the quality of talent in Big Data Analytics

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(From left) Selva Nagappan, Managing Director of Knowledge Gorup of Companies; Dr. Karl Ng Hou, Director of Data Economy, MDEC; Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, CEO of MDEC; Sharala Axryd, CEO of ADAX

Kuala Lumpur, 2 October 2017 – Malaysia has fast-tracked its growth in data professionals through a unique Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative called Data Star programme - a data science finishing school designed to fast track the development of world-class data professionals who meet industries’ demands. A joint-effort between ASEAN Data Analytics eXchange (ADAX), Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and renowned industry players, Data Star programme will help Malaysia achieve 20,000 data professionals by 2020; a goal set by the Government in 2015.

Speaking at the event, Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of MDEC said, “This marks the fifth Big Data Week Asia organised by MDEC and, each year, it continues to bring a bigger impact to the progress of Big Data Analytics (BDA) in Malaysia.”

“The Data Star programme is a testament to MDEC’s unwavering commitment to develop a robust BDA ecosystem; in line with Malaysia’s vision to position itself as a data driven nation. So far, the country has produced 6,000 data professionals and we are confident that we will achieve 20,000 high-quality data professionals by 2020. Unique initiatives like the Data Star programme will significantly contribute to this agenda,” she further added.

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Data Star students posing in front of partners from ADAX, MDEC and renowned industry players.

Big Data Week Asia 2017 is organized for industry players, students and the public alike. The anchor event - ‘Next Big Tech Asia’ – is being held on 2nd October and 3rd October, at KL Convention Centre. This will be followed by Big Data Workshop – a platform designed for tertiary students and start-ups taking place from 4th – 6th October at ADAX office in Bangsar South. Finally, the event will conclude by hosting Big Data Tech Jam – a festival aimed at educating public on BDA and the role it can play in our daily lives. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in Big Data Tech Jam on 7th October and 8th October at APW in Bangsar.

During the launch of Big Data Week Asia 2017, Datuk Yasmin Mahmood also announced the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Data Star programme between ASEAN Data Analytics Exchange (ADAX) and multiple industry partners. This includes Kasatria, Fave, Tapway, Datalynx, Fusionex, GHL, Celcom, Leo Burnett and Quandatics.

Launched in 2017, ADAX is MDEC’s initiative to drive the Big Data community in Malaysia to greater heights.

“ADAX’s mission to nurture and grow data professionals for the ASEAN region has gone from strength to strength since we officially launched earlier this year. With the support from MDEC, we are confident that the Data Star programme will not only accelerate the growth of data professionals for Malaysia, but also, more importantly, produce world-class talent that suit the demands of the digital world. We look forward to working with renowned industry players to further develop the skill-sets necessary to tackle big data head-on. It is these partnerships with MDEC, ADAX and industry players that will drive the Data Driven ASEAN agenda successfully,” added Sharala Axryd, Chief Executive Officer, ADAX.

Data Star programme also provides a two-month intensive data science enablement exercise, which includes hands-on modules with experienced data scientists and placement offers with selected industry partners. The learning path is curated to align them with the Data Professional Skills Framework, a platform that supports data and analytics knowledge development with focus on three primary scopes: data engineer, data analyst, and data scientist.

About Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation or MDEC (formerly known as Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd.) is the lead agency in driving the digital economy in Malaysia under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia. Since its inception 21 years ago, MDEC’s mission is to develop the nation’s digital economy. MDEC’s implementation efforts are centred on driving investments, building local tech champions, catalysing digital innovation ecosystems and propagating digital inclusivity.

MDEC is also responsible to ensure that Malaysia plays an integral part in developing and nurturing talent to drive digital innovation around the world, while attracting participation from global ICT companies to invest and develop cutting edge digital and creative solutions in the country.

MDEC is spearheading the efforts to encourage and increase BDA adoption across all sectors by developing talent in the field of data science and enabling strategic partnerships, while introducing upskilling efforts and spurring integrated initiatives.

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About Big Data Week Asia

Big Data Week is a global concept of interconnected community events focusing on the latest, next-generation big data solutions, innovations, and improvements in a vast array of industries. We bring together a worldwide community of data scientists, data technologists, data visualisers and data businesses spanning major commercial, financial, social and technological sectors.

Big Data Week connects a number of major city hubs across Europe, Americas, Australia and Pacific Asia through locally hosted meetups, events, networking functions, data visualisation demos, debates, discussions, conferences, and hackathons. Events are designed to provide a common ground to educate, inform and inspire – organised by people who are passionate and knowledgeable about data exploration.

This year’s Big Data Week Malaysia is brought to you by MDEC and Knowledge Group of Companies.

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