MDEC Launches Data Star Programme at Big Data Week Asia 2017

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) announces the Data Star programme – a data science finishing school designed to fast track the development of data professionals who meet industries’ demands.

This is a public private partnership (PPP) between ASEAN Data Analytics eXchange (ADAX), MDEC and other industry players. The signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the Data Star programme took place between ASEAN Data Analytics Exchange (ADAX) and multiple industry partners, including Kasatria, Fave, Tapway, Datalynx, Fusionex, GHL, Celcom, Leo Burnett and Quandatics.

The Data Star programme will help Malaysia achieve 20,000 data professionals by 2020; a goal set by the Government in 2015. Data Star programme also provides a two-month intensive data science enablement exercise, which includes hands-on modules with experienced data scientists and placement offers with selected industry partners. The learning path is curated to align them with the Data Professional Skills Framework, a platform that supports data and analytics knowledge development with focus on three primary scopes: data engineer, data analyst, and data scientist.

The announcement was made at Big Data Week Asia 2017 – a week-long event that featured international speakers of various expertise, leading exhibitors, sponsors, and satellite events focused on building a data driven ASEAN.

Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, Chief Executive Officer of MDEC said, “The Data Star programme is a testament to MDEC’s unwavering commitment to develop a robust BDA ecosystem; in line with Malaysia’s vision to position itself as a data driven nation. So far, the country has produced 6,000 data professionals and we are confident that we will achieve 20,000 high-quality data professionals by 2020. Unique initiatives like the Data Star programme will significantly contribute to this agenda.”

(pictured: L-R: Selva Nagappan, Managing Director of Knowledge Group of Companies; Dr. Karl Ng, Director of Data Economy Division, MDEC; Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, CEO, MDEC; Sharala Axryd, CEO, ADAX)


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