Dell Technologies Malaysia (Dell) and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) have signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in a milestone industry-academia move to produce more industry-ready graduates. The MoU provides a platform for Dell and USM to work hand-in-hand to groom and equip USM undergraduates to be highly employable graduates under the USM LIFE Programme, a new academic initiative that advocates creative and experiential learning.
Signing the MoU at the virtual ceremony were Pang Yee Beng, Senior Vice President, South Asia, and Managing Director, Malaysia, Dell Technologies, and Professor Dato’ Dr. Faisal Rafiq Mahamd Adikan, Vice-Chancellor, USM.
This collaboration with one of Malaysia’s oldest leading universities, and a premium research-intensive institution in the country, is an example of Dell Technologies’ commitment to work together with academia and share its knowledge and resources to innovate and build a skilled workforce of the future.
“At Dell Technologies, we believe in creating a positive and lasting impact on communities and the planet – using our reach, technology and people. It is with this in mind that we embarked on our Progress Made Real 2030 plan, which outlines our social impact goals and strategies,” said Pang, who is a USM alumnus himself.
Expressing his delight to be collaborating with a leading, trusted brand like Dell Technologies, Prof. Faisal Rafiq said, “I’m really excited to have guest lecturers from Dell Technologies to be involved in the USM pilot LIFE programme, the first of its kind, that kicked off this month, where participants (students) will be exposed to a myriad of subjects such as genomics and gerontology, innovative thinking (computational and design), financial literacy, philosophy and grit, Social Development Goals (SDGs) and Living Labs, among others.
Also present at the virtual ceremony were USM Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Development Affairs and Alumni), Professor Dr. Aldrin Abdullah; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Dato’ Ir. Dr. Abdul Rahman Mohamed; Architecture Lecturer from the School of Housing, Building and Planning, Ar. Tan Bee Eu; senior management of Dell Technologies; USM faculty members and LIFE Program members.