Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak launches the Malaysia Global Talent (MGT) programme, an initiative in line with the government's ongoing efforts to make Kuala Lumpur (KL) a global hub for multinational companies (MNCs) investments. NST picture by AIZUDDIN SAAD.

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today launched the Malaysia Global Talent (MGT) programme, an initiative in line with the government's ongoing efforts to make Kuala Lumpur (KL) a global hub for multinational companies (MNCs) investments.

The programme, which is a collaboration between Talent Corporation Malaysia Bhd (TalentCorp) and InvestKL Corporation (InvestKL), supported by Ministry of Higher Education, aims to nurture 5,500 global Malaysian leaders by 2020.

“The first phase of MGT will see the coming together of 12 top global MNCs and 10 public universities with the singular goal of creating leaders of tomorrow. This will soon be further extended across more MNCs and universities,” he said at the launch during InvestKL’s annual ministerial event 2018.

“The MGT will also drive the set-up of multiple world class Centres of Excellence as a collaborative venture better industry and academia. I have every confidence that MGT will be a huge success and an inspiration for similar collaborations.”

InvestKL chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Zainal Shah said there is a need to grow the supply of good young local professionals as more MNCs makes way to KL.

“As of 2017, InvestKL has been successful at creating almost 11,000 high skilled regional jobs and as such, there is a growing need to broaden the supply of good young professionals and meet the demands of the MNCs here,” he said.

“The MGT will be able to develop Malaysian talent as strong leaders who will drive the country's economic progress which in turn attract global companies to establish presence in Malaysia.”

TalentCorp CEO Shareen Shariza Abdul Ghani said the scale of the MNC’s capabilities, development, knowledge sharing and best practices will prepare local workforce for the future of work.

The MGT programme is divided into three groups namely Young Executive, Senior Executive and Apprenticeship.

It offers Malaysian professional opportunities such as secondment, internships, mentorship programmes and knowledge-sharing with chief personalities from multiple MNCs.

Among the participating MNCs in the first phase are Schlumberger, Linde, Honeywell, IBM and Cargill with participating universities are Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Heriot-Watt University.

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