Multimedia University (MMU) and Cloudera today announced a partnership to collaborate in cultivating the next generation of data professionals through the Cloudera Academic Partnership (CAP) programme. Through this programme, students from the Faculty of Computing and Informatics (FCI) MMU can access the latest Cloudera Enterprise curriculum, software and skills training for the Apache Hadoop platform.
Leveraging the partnership programme, MMU has integrated the content provided by Cloudera into its Bachelor of Computer Science (Hons.) with a Data Science Specialization program. The Faculty of Computing and Informatics, together with the Faculty of Information Science & Technology, boasts a significant number of 450 graduates yearly and contributes critically to the growing number of skilled data professionals in Malaysia.

“By integrating the partnership programme into our curriculum, we are confident that our students will be exposed to cutting-edge data analytics skills and comprehensive Hadoop-based training that will prepare them well for their future work roles,” said Prof. Dr Ho Chin Kuan, Dean of FCI, MMU. “This is especially crucial as the Malaysian government has set the year 2020 as the target to see Malaysia become a regional hub for Big Data Analytics (BDA). The demand for these skills is only going to grow.”

Daniel Ng, senior director for APAC, Cloudera said: “We are seeing a strong demand for skilled data professionals, especially for workers who are able to deploy and manage big data initiatives on the Hadoop platform. In line with the Malaysian government’s plans to introduce data science into the curricula of more institutions, Cloudera’s partnership programme comes in with the appropriate resources to streamline and accelerate the adoption of Hadoop, as well as to help prepare and certify students for the demands of a future with new big data-related roles across industries.”

Through the partnership programme, Cloudera provides partner institutions with a free, complete, industry-standard Hadoop curriculum that can readily be incorporated into computer science and business analytics courses. Teaching staff and students of affiliated institutions also get access to software and discounted training to help accelerate the adoption of the Hadoop platform. Currently, over 100 academic institutions around the globe are members of the Cloudera Academic Partnership programme.

Besides academic partnerships, Cloudera has also recently launched the Cloudera BASE Initiative in Malaysia, which MMU is also a part of. Through BASE, Cloudera has brought together partner organizations, including the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), as well as other private and public sector organizations to form an ecosystem that will work collaboratively to empower more data professionals in Malaysia. In line with MDEC’s drive for Malaysia’s digital economy, these partnerships mean that workers getting trained in data and analytics skills can gain better access to employment opportunities, while the private sector will gain from having a larger pool of data professionals.

How does Cloudera Academic Partnership Programme work?

Through the programme, Cloudera provides partner institutions with a complete, free, 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 knowledgebase.

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 Hadoop.