KUCHING: Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has forecasted that the digital economy requires more than 1 million digital workers, such as coders, application developers and software engineers, by 2025. In line with this, various initiatives have been launched by the Malaysian government in preparing today’s students for the future and a key priority of the Ministry of Education is to ensure that these students are equipped with the necessary skills to thrive in the future workforce.

The Future in Tech: Sarawak workshop seeks to highlight the key skills and knowledge needed as we consider the future of our students and children. In the 21st Century, a recent US Report from the Department of Labour suggested that up to 65% of today’s students will be employed in jobs that do not yet exist. The workshop seeks to explore key skills and areas of study might be important in preparing them for an uncertain technology driven future.

The Future in Tech: Sarawak workshop is jointly organised by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub, and supported by Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and The University of Melbourne.

Austrade has been essential to this program in providing the linkage and access to The University of Melbourne who will be featuring Associate Professor Dr Shanton Chang from the University’s Department of Computing and Information Systems at the workshop. Further to this initiative, Austrade is currently working closely with local government bodies and universities to develop digital learning opportunities. The quarterly workshop, targeted at students, teachers and parents creates an opportunity for Australia to share knowledge, expertise and experience with Malaysia.

Hosted at the Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Sarawak (TEGAS) Digital Innovation Hub in ICOM Square; the hub boasts 5,100 square feet of space comprising of co-working spaces, event spaces, maker’s corner, sky booth, sound and video production room. The hub offers start-ups ready access to funding and facilitation opportunities, entrepreneur-friendly eco-system and talent development programmes, which would encourage talented individuals to innovate and produce creative ideas.

To further strengthen and enrich the eco-system, TEGAS has signed 11 MoUs with strategic partners to promote creativity and innovation as well as provide growth opportunities for start-ups. These companies include Sarawak Shell Berhad, MaGIC, Austrade, SME Corporation Malaysia, Swinburne University of Technology and IM E Group of Companies.

TEGAS chairman YB Datu Len Talif Salleh who attended the event said the digital innovation hub was a precursor to the proposed Digital Village at Samajaya, which is currently in the design stage and expected to be fully operational by the first quarter of 2020.

“Public-private academia collaboration will be vital to encourage the youth from just being users of digital innovation to becoming producers or digital innovators.” said Daniel Havas – Austrade’s Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Malaysia and Brunei.

With the announcement in Budget 2018 by Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Najib Razak, RM 4.9 billion has been allocated for the Technical and Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) sector with the aim of producing highly skilled talent for the future workforce.

For further information, please contact Melissa Tan, Education Manager at Austrade via

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