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Alibaba Cloud and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)’s Partnership to Transform Cloud Computing Education

Published by Afterschool.my on Aug 13, 2020, 11:16 am

Jordy Cao, General Manager of Malaysia Alibaba Cloud Intelligence and Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat, UTAR President

Kuala Lumpur – Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), a not-for-profit private university have signed an MoU to transform the cloud computing education offerings for students and staff. The collaboration will empower digital talents and tech professionals through Alibaba Cloud’s Elastic Compute Service (ECS) and Data Transfer courses, overhauling the current Cloud Computing curriculum at the university.

Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, is among the world’s top IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) providers and also the largest provider of public cloud services in China. Alibaba Cloud provides a comprehensive suite of cloud computing services to businesses worldwide, including merchants doing business on Alibaba Group marketplaces, start-ups, corporations and public services. Alibaba Cloud is the official Cloud Services Partner of the International Olympic Committee.

The MoU is a part of Alibaba Cloud Academic Empowerment Program (AAEP) for local universities that aims to provide advanced cloud computing technology for students and staff. With the easy access to the high-quality learning resources, UTAR students can pursue Alibaba Cloud certification and stand a chance to intern with the company after successful completion of the courses. Both parties will jointly promote cloud computing by conducting collaborative seminars, guest lectures, workshops and training activities to lay a strong technical foundation for the young generation.

Jordy Cao, General Manager of Malaysia Alibaba Cloud Intelligence said, “It is pivotal that students and the teaching staff are getting the best and latest cloud computing curriculum, as well as access to experienced professionals to help them validate and clarify their theoretical knowledge. Alibaba Cloud has been dedicated to providing the best-in-class cloud services to our customers, and we’ll deliver exactly these experiences to UTAR to help students get the best learning resources in the industry so they can better seize the opportunities provided by the digital era.”

Prof Dr Ewe Hong Tat UTAR President said, “We are proud to be part of the Alibaba Cloud Academic Empowerment Program. UTAR now has about 23,000 students and offers more than 110 programs from foundation studies to Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees currently. Students need to continuously acquire latest knowledge and tap into available training and resources to be in tandem with dynamic industry changes.” “We are thankful that Alibaba Cloud, through this MoU, is collaborating with UTAR to help prepare our students for the digital cloud transformation journey. We look forward to this collaboration for greater educational benefits for our students as well as information and knowledge exchanges between Alibaba Cloud and UTAR,” he added.

As Malaysia gets ready for a mature digital economy, the demand for cloud computing professionals in business are rising significantly. Apart from AAEP, Alibaba Cloud is also working closely with the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to boost local IT talents and start-ups by organizing Cloud Academy Day Malaysia which will kick off on 27 August. Courses on ECS, database, machine learning and cyber security will be offered. Alibaba Cloud operates 63 availability zones in 21 regions globally. It is also the first Cloud provider to fulfill the additional requirements of Germany’s Cloud Computing Compliance Controls Catalog (C5) and has more than 70 security and compliance accreditation worldwide.

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