The Digital Tech Tertiary Matching Platform will be made available to the public during the #mydigitalmaker Fair 2019 which will be held on Sept 14 and 15 at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur. - Pic source: Facebook/MyMDEC

With the advent of the 4th Industrial revolution and growing adoption of digital technologies across all sectors, there is a growing demand for digital tech jobs.

However, there is a lack of awareness among students on digital tech careers, and quality digital tech tertiary courses available.

To scale this awareness and to empower parents and students to make more well-informed decisions about which tertiary education pathways to take - in not just the digital tech industries but across many other sectors too, the Malaysian Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) is joining forces with Genesis Data Asia Sdn Bhd to launch an AI (artificial intelligence)-based platform which will profile and match students to in-demand tertiary-level digital tech courses and scholarships.

Happening this weekend, the Digital Tech Tertiary Matching Platform will be made available to the public during the #mydigitalmaker Fair 2019 which will be held on Sept 14 and 15 at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur.

“Many students lack information about which digital tech tertiary courses and education funds they qualify for, and which universities have industry-relevant courses with high employment rates. The only way to find out at the moment is for parents and students to spend hours researching each individual university.

"With this AI-based platform, students will receive personalised guidance on recommended pre-University or University level courses and scholarships in just minutes, thus simplifying and speeding up their decision-making process,” said Dr. Sumitra Nair, vice president of Tech Talent, MDEC.

By entering their academic results into the platform, students will receive personalised recommendations to guide their applications to universities and scholarship providers. Students will also be guided on subjects they need to improve should they wish to target specific digital tech courses offered by Premier Digital Tech Institutions (PDTI). PDTIs are universities and polytechnics that have proven track records in high graduate employability, industry engagement and career services.

"This platform will empower students to make better decisions about their tertiary education, and help school counselors to play a more prominent role to promote tech tertiary courses and prepare students for their tertiary pathways that lead to high-value digital tech careers.

"Importantly, the platform is one of the many initiatives undertaken by Malaysia to ensure that the country has a sustainable supply of digital and technology talents to power the ecosystem," said Sumitra.

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