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IT undergrads to get HEdStart
20 Nov 2005
The Star Online
INFORMATION Technology (IT) undergraduates in public universities will soon obtain Microsoft certification in addition to their degrees in an effort to improve their marketability.

Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Shafie Mohd Salleh said the pilot programme, involving undergraduates from one or more universities, will be launched next year and subsequently introduced at other universities. 

“The Microsoft certification compliments the strong fundamentals and theoretical approaches in technology offered by the public universities.

“It exposes students to the cutting edge technology applied in the fast growing world of business.” 

Sharing a light moment at the launch of the HEdStart programme
were (from left) Prestariang Systems Sdn Bhd chairman Datuk Mokhzani
Tun Mahathir, Dr Shafie and Ballmer. – Pic by Darran Tan

Dr Shafie was speaking to reporters after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the 17 public universities,

Prestariang Systems Sdn Bhd and Microsoft Malaysia on the development of HEdStart (Higher Education Start Programme), a curriculum that will provide local university students with a formal Microsoft certification recognition.

“HEdStart enhances the competitiveness of the current IT curriculum. 

“Technology advances rapidly and we must be able to produce graduates with the latest expertise and technical understanding to advance the country’s ambition of becoming a nation of knowledge producers,” he said.

Microsoft Corporation chief executive officer Steve Ballmer, who was in Malaysia on his first visit, also announced that a multilingual Microsoft Windows XP Starter Edition for Malaysia will be made available in early 2006.

He said that both initiatives are a result of Microsoft’s commitment to ongoing collaboration with the Government and industry to help individuals, communities and countries gain access to technology tools, skills and innovation.

“As an industry leader, we believe we should support the growth and innovation of economies by working with governments and partners to build capabilities and competitiveness,” he said.

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