UUM ONLINE: UUM created history when it became the first university in Malaysia to conduct the Training of Trainers Global E-Commerce Talent (GET) in collaboration with the Alibaba Group China at EDC Hotels & Resorts, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) from 14 until 19 January.
According to the Deputy President of Alibaba Group China, Mr. Brian A.Wong, in line with the era of Industrial Revolution 4.0, UUM had taken a strategic step in the right direction by tailoring the needs of the future economy based on the digital economy.
"2 years ago, Mr. Jack Ma met up with the Prime Minister of Malaysia to help change the economy followed by e-WTP and the signing of the MoU with the Minister of Higher Education.
He added that the Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) would be crucial in promoting the development of small and medium-sized businesses as well as the development of young people through facilities in the physical and virtual zone.
"UUM became the first university to carry out GET and I was eager to share information about e-commerce, how economy is formed and how to use technology to spur economic growth in various services.
"Amongst other things, it is critical for trainers to be trained, preservation of businesses and promotion for the development of small and medium businesses be made through facilities set up in the physical and virtual zone," he said.
Mr. Brian A.Wong expressed his excitement to be at UUM to share his knowledge. At the event he was assisted by trainers and facilitators especially brought in by Alibaba as well as the organizing secretariat of MoHE.
"I would like to thank UUM and MoHE for supporting and making this programme a success," he said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and International), Prof. Dr. Yusnidah Ibrahim said the programme involved 50 lecturers from six Malaysian Higher Education Institutions (IPTs) namely UUM, UKM, UTM, UTHM, Polytechnics and Community Colleges.
"This programme is aimed at improving the skills and knowledge of lecturers in relation to the latest e-Commerce practices and this knowledge will also be taken back to be applied into the curriculum as well as the teaching and learning processes at their respective institutions," she said.
She further reiterated that, UUM had always supportive of MoHE's target to create more e-Commerce start-up incubator programmes and produce 10,000 e-Commerce entrepreneurial talents each year and the target was in line with the IPT Entrepreneurship Action Plan 2016-2020.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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