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UiTM vice-chancellor Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Azraai Kassim (third from right) with representatives of the five companies under its digital accelerator collaboration.
UiTM vice-chancellor Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Azraai Kassim (third from right) with representatives of the five companies under its digital accelerator collaboration.

Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) has teamed up with five key technology providers to accelerate its Education 5.0 initiative, which it hopes would give the institution an edge by putting it in the forefront of research and talent development.

The UiTM Digital Accelerator Collaboration saw the university engaging with Cisco, TM Bhd, IX Telecom, Sirim Bhd and ASCUBT Sdn Bhd to establish a digital campus that featured the latest technologies to support innovative teaching and learning, besides an efficient administration.

Speaking at the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between UiTM and the respective companies, vice-chancellor Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Azraai Kassim said the university would be the first in the country to enjoy a private broadband network speed of up to 100 gigabits per second.

“With the high-speed Internet access, UiTM will be able to provide its 180,000 students nationwide with a smooth online experience ideal for innovative teaching, learning and real-time lecturing, particularly for postgraduate and distance-learning students, as well as allowing its academics, staff and students to engage with their counterparts abroad.”

He said there were high expectations for UiTM to rise up to the challenges of producing high quality education and graduates.

“We need to ensure that the future generations who are entering UiTM will receive quality education under this digital aspiration,” Azraai said.

Under the UiTM Digital Accelerator Collaboration, CISCO will help enhance UiTM’s information technology operations, while TM Bhd will work on communication services; IX Telecom on software-defined networking in wide area network infrastructure and research collaboration; SIRIM Bhd on technology transfer and development; and, ASCUBT on IR4.0 technologies and integrated education systems.

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