1st April 2015 marks the history of a partnership between Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), and Samsung Malaysia Electronics (SME) Sdn Bhd. It was the date of the launching ceremony of Samsung Internet of Things (IoT) Academy at UTeM, which is the first-of-its-kind in Malaysia. This event was successfully officiated by YB Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Education II, who was accompanied by YBhg Prof. Datuk Dr Shahrin Sahib, Vice Chancellor of UTeM; and YBhg Dato’ Roh Jae Yeol, Director of Corporate Affairs, Samsung Malaysia Electronics. YBhg Tan Sri Dato’ Ir. Dr Ahmad Zaidee Laidin, Chairman, Board of Directors of UTeM and Mr Lee Sang Hoon, President of Samsung Malaysia Electronics were also present to witness the historical event.
The partnership between UTeM and Samsung Malaysia was highlighted as an excellent example of public-private partnership that leverages on the expertise of academia and industry to drive technological development and innovation. It was also in line with the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2015 in which the Cultivating the next generation of innovators with Samsung IoT Academy government aims to leverage on ICT to scale up the quality of learning for students. This partnership is expected to avail immense opportunities in the areas of academia, industry and community and provides significant benefits to the nation. The Samsung IoT Academy is part of the Samsung Global Corporate Citizenship initiative in the core area of Education that employs Samsung technology and expertise for the betterment of local communities. Its establishment at UTeM is timely, given that the internet and ICT is fast transforming the world of digital, and the next generation of innovators will come from students who have been trained and equipped with the 21st century skills such as digital learning, effective communication, technology and problem solving.
The Academy is designed to optimize the transfer of knowledge where Samsung subject matter experts will train UTeM lecturers on the operating systems modules, the latter of whom will then undertake the delivery of these modules to students and participants. It is expected to deliver training modules, which include sessions on the latest operating and hardware systems such as Magic Info and Knox, that run on Smart Signage and mobile devices respectively. The latest Samsung devices will be available for use in teaching modules that are customized and co-developed by UTeM and Samsung Malaysia. In addition to digital training, there will also be workshops and seminars involving established entrepreneurs who will share their knowledge and experience to inspire the future generation of innovators. The establishment of the Academy at UTeM is considered as an important milestone and a way forward for a fruitful and smart partnership between the university and Samsung Malaysia Electronics.