Alibaba Business School initiates Global E-Commerce Talent Network

Alibaba Business School establishes the Global E-Commerce Talent (GET) Network, in collaboration with universities and training institutions from Malaysia and around the world. Focused on educating and equipping individuals with the skills needed for e-commerce success in the digital economy, the GET Network builds on Alibaba’s GET program to offer a full education ecosystem to network members.

Brian Wong of Alibaba Group says, “Alibaba Business School is proud to be driving an initiative so vital to the future of the digital economy. Our mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere and the GET Network is a natural extension of that. We are committing to addressing the shortage of e-commerce talent in important markets and, by empowering educators around the world, we have created a platform for youth and SMEs to understand and learn how to succeed in this dynamic industry. We are excited to be working even more closely with our key education partners to help make this all possible.”

“As the first GET member in Asia, UTAR recognised and understood from the very beginning that this program could make a big difference for e-commerce businesses and talent in Malaysia,” says Prof. Dr. Choong Chee Keong, Vice President of Malaysia’s Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman(UTAR), a founding member of the GET Network.

He adds, “GET has helped us enhance our offering to ensure students are receiving the most relevant, up-to-date courses and learning for e-commerce and digital business success. Given how dynamic the industry is and how quickly demands for new skills are emerging, this will be an ongoing process – particularly as Malaysia’s Digital Free Trade Zone continues to grow in importance. Today, we are excited to be taking the next step on that journey. The GET Network will bind us even more closely together with Alibaba Group and other forward-looking partners who understand the new e-commerce context.”

Dr. Charoen Chinwanit, Vice President of Thailand’s Burapha University says, “Educators have an important role to play in the development of Thailand’s digital economy. It is our responsibility to ensure we are delivering what the next generation of e-commerce talent needs to help businesses succeed and evolve. With a view to this, Burapha University has worked with both Alibaba Business School and the Government of Thailand on various initiatives to accelerate that level of digital proficiency. The GET Network will ensure our faculty and students remain at the forefront of e-commerce developments, and that Thailand has the talent it needs to meet the changing demands of consumers and businesses alike.”

Network members will receive access to Advice and assistance in setting up a GET Start-up System Incubator, GET Online Learning Platforms and Simulation Platforms, GET’s online community of experts, Online and offline teacher training and the chance to visit Alibaba’s headquarters.

The network is an extension of Alibaba Business School’s GET Program. It was founded to bring awareness, innovation and entrepreneurship to cross-border e-commerce through first-rate education and training to enable young entrepreneurs and SMEs to better compete in global markets. Conducted by experts from Alibaba Business School and industry practitioners, it includes up to date theoretical and practical training for local education professionals on eCommerce ecosystem, operation and entrepreneurship, offering a holistic view on the global eCommerce system and the digitization of national economies. Certified trainers then use the resources and knowledge acquired to integrate their learning into eCommerce courses available at their respective institutions.

To date, the GET Program has benefited 65 education partners, and having trained more than 260 lecturers, 1,600 SMEs and almost 7,000 students. The beneficiaries have come from a diverse set of countries, including Australia, China, India, Israel, Malaysia, Mongolia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Turkey. The strongest demand so far has come from Malaysia and Thailand, where apart from UTAR and BUU, other leading universities such as INTI International University, Universiti Teknologi MARA, and University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce are also among founding members of the network.

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