by DASHVEENJIT KAUR
The MIMOS-NCIA Advanced Competency Development Centre (MIMOSNCIA ACDC), a training facility jointly established by the national research and development (R&D) centre is expected to create 2,000 electric and electronics (E&E) professionals in five years.
MIMOS-NCIA ACDC, jointly established by MIMOS Bhd and the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) is an end-to-end, high technology industry training facility aimed at fostering hands-on experience needed to produce highly skilled workforce in the E&E sector.
“We hope to create 2,000 high impact E&E professionals in five years which is expected to meet the demand from E&E companies operating in the country,” said NCIA CEO Datuk Redza Rafiq Abdul Razak at a press conference yesterday.
“It is the only facility in Malaysia that provides 80% practical and 20% theory in industry grade wafer fabrication. It enables accelerated development of skill sets that support movement up the E&E value chain initiatives,” he said.
The centre complements Technical Vocational Education and Training and Malaysia Board of Technologist programmes, Redza Rafiq added.
The MIMOS-NCIA collaboration is an example of government agencies anchoring on the National Blue Ocean Strategy by complementing each other and utilising resources optimally, he said.
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau, who was not present at the launch of the facility, said in a statement that the initiative is in tandem with the target to move into the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
“To maintain the growth and resilience of the sector towards a high income digital economy, Malaysia needs a competent and primed workforce,” he said.
Present on his behalf was his deputy, Datuk Wira Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah.
“Advanced technologies, innovation and sophisticated machines are meaningless if our human capital does not have the competence to translate them into new knowledge and added value that will give competitive edge to the country,” Abu Bakar told reporters at the press conference yesterday.
Located in MIMOS’ existing building, NCIA funded an additional RM8 million for equipment.
In his statement, the minister said the 2016/2017 Economic Report released by the Finance Minister noted the country needed to accelerate the adoption of technology and innovation in order to move up the value chain of the manufacturing sector.
The report said the country needed to increase investment in human capital and R&D to enable it to achieve the objective.
He said, as the contribution from E&E to national development is substantial, the right policies and ecosystem are crucial so that the sector can continue to be a mainstay of the national economy.
The E&E sector is Malaysia’s key industry driver, contributing RM288 billion or 36.7% of national exports in 2016.
“To stay ahead in global competition, the industry must embrace industry 4.0 and our human capital must be swift in pursuing and embracing this new paradigm,” he said.
The event also saw the exchange of memorandum of understanding and memoranda of agreement documents between MIMOS and parties that will be taking part in initial programmes at the centre.
They included NCIA, the University of Malaya, Sage Interactive Sdn Bhd, Agensi Inovasi Malaysia, Sirim Bhd, Technology Despository Agency Bhd, Grectronics Sdn Bhd, Eclimo Sdn Bhd, Penchem Technologies Sdn Bhd and Nanotech Scene Centre Sdn Bhd.