Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), Iverson Associates and Cloudera today jointly announced that Sunway University, Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), have joined the Cloudera Academic Partnership (CAP) programme. CAP is designed to help academic institutions empower their students with big data analytics skillsets by developing a holistic academic initiative that equips both teaching staff and students with complete industry-standard Hadoop curriculum.

With this announcement, the total number of CAP universities in Malaysia has reached seven. The other academic institutions that have earlier joined the programme include Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) and Multimedia University (MMU). As part of this collaboration, these seven universities will be a part of the first 10 universities in Malaysia to sign up for CAP and receive paid training for lecturers focusing on Apache Hadoop curriculums.

Dato’ Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer at MDEC, said: “Big Data Analytics (BDA) is a game changer and key driver for Malaysia’s digital economy. Given the rising demand for big data, and the talent shortage across the world in this field, we need industry and university collaborations such as the CAP programme in providing solutions to address the talent gap.”

“Cloudera’s CAP programme brings great value to our progress as a BDA hub in the ASEAN region as it provides our academic institutions with the resources and support required to better equip our future workforce,” she added.

The Cloudera CAP programme is built around the Hadoop open-source programming framework. Hadoop allows for the storage and processing of massive data sets, so that organizations can do more and get more out of their data. It has been adopted by organizations worldwide, from the Fortune 500 to small-medium enterprises.

Besides academic partnerships, Cloudera recently introduced the Cloudera Big Analytics Skills Enablement (BASE) Initiative, an industry-led ecosystem designed to groom a future workforce of data professionals in Malaysia. Through BASE, Cloudera has brought together partner organizations across the private and public sectors to form an ecosystem that works collaboratively to cultivate more data professionals in the country.

“We are currently facing a data professional crunch in Malaysia. With big data increasingly taking centre stage in business and government, and pretty much touching every part of our lives, the demand for skilled data professionals will definitely grow. The CAP programme is a timely and tangible push in the right direction and I’m sure it will benefit Malaysia as a whole in the long run,” said Dr Yap Chee Sing, Managing Director of Iverson, Malaysia’s leading professional IT training provider that has also partnered up with Cloudera for BASE.

Cloudera plays the catalyst role, through the BASE initiative and CAP programme, in driving a collaborative ecosystem that is focused on cultivating more data analytics professionals. Evidently, workers who are armed with data skills stand to gain access to more employment opportunities and contribute to the economy and industry as part of the workforce, while the private sector benefits from having a larger pool of skilled data workers.

“At Cloudera, we are privileged to be able to work with MDEC and key industry partners like Iverson to together play the role of catalysts and support academic institutions here to groom the next generation of data professionals. Data professionals are already playing an essential role in driving the future of Malaysia’s digital economy. The key is to create a collaborative and innovation-driven ecosystem where data talents can strive and bring value to businesses and the local economy,” said Daniel Ng, Senior Director, APAC for Cloudera.

 

How does Cloudera Academic Partnership Programme work?

Through the Cloudera CAP programme, Cloudera offers partner educational institutions with a complete, paid, industry-standard Hadoop curriculum that schools can incorporate into their courses. Teaching staff and students affiliated with the partnership programme institutions can freely download a wide selection of Cloudera supplementary training material and receive discounts on all Cloudera Certification examinations. Teaching staff also qualify for deep discounts on Cloudera University professional training delivered by Cloudera’s team of expert Hadoop instructors, and benefit from up-to-date classroom tools, instructor forums, dedicated programme support, and the world’s largest Hadoop knowledge base.

 

Cloudera Education Software License Programme

Accredited, non-profit academic institutions can also take advantage of the more robust features of Cloudera’s software suite through a special University License. Cloudera Academic Partnership programme members have free access to Cloudera Enterprise: Data Hub Edition for 12 months to support data-intensive testing, development, and research. In conjunction with Cloudera’s industry-leading open-source platform, the University License provides the partnership programme participants with the tools needed to achieve major breakthroughs in big data.

 

Foundation for Cloudera Academic Partnership Programme Curriculum: Cloudera University

The Cloudera Academic Partnership programme curriculum was developed from the industry-leading training courses and technical certifications offered by Cloudera University, which focuses on Apache Hadoop, its ecosystem and data science. Cloudera University offers the world’s most complete and comprehensive Hadoop education programs for data professionals.

To date, Cloudera has trained more than 40,000 participants and certified more than 10,000 Hadoop professionals. Over 65% of the Fortune 100 and all 20 of the top 20 global technology firms have leveraged Cloudera’s expertise to train employees on Apache