Intel partners TalentCorp, CREST to bridge learning gap

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / Pic by BLOOMBERG

INTEL Corp, in collaboration with Talent Corp Malaysia Bhd (TalentCorp) and Collaborative Research in Engineering, Science and Technology Centre (CREST), introduced a new initiative to help university students get one step closer to the pre-pandemic learning experience via the launch of Systems Cloud for University (SC4U).

Intel’s IoT group VP Eric Chan said the company’s goal is to contribute what it can to help the learning experience of students, which has been deprived due to the pandemic.

“To be realistic, we won’t be able to completely replace what the physical lab experiences can provide, but we strive to restore 80% of the hands-on learning experience through the SC4U offering,” he said.

SC4U originated from the company’s effort to provide better access, service and support experience to a larger customer base.

Intel has invested in the system infrastructure which consists of board combinations, systems and tools that will be made available (free of charge) through the cloud for students and lecturers to resume lab classes which have been largely missed due to the pandemic.

With the SC4U programme now launched, its objective is to restore the handson learning experience for university students.

CREST CEO Jaffri Ibrahim also said the centre is honoured to partner Intel for the rollout of the programme via its TheGreatLab platform, which hosts a network of educators and students.

“At CREST, we believe in the spirit of collaboration and strive to work with the industry and academia to grow a pool of domain experts, as well as equip students with knowledge and skills for the future of work,” he said.

The launch of the event gathered over 100 participants from both the university and academia communities.

Also present at the event was Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri M Saravanan, who said the initiative is an example of industry and academia working together.

“The SC4U initiative is also a great example of industry and academia working together to improve the competencies, skills and knowledge of Malaysia’s talent pool,” he said.

TalentCorp will be taking the role of bridging the talent especially among graduates to utilise the same infrastructure to improve employability, while CREST will help manage the engagement with universities.