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MIDA, MPC and Intel Taking AI Innovation to The Next Level for Education Institutions

Kuala Lumpur, 28 January 2022 – The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) and Intel Malaysia today awarded Intel’s Artificial Intelligent (AI) Kits to five (5) local universities, namely Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Universiti Tenaga Nasional and Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation.

To ensure a conducive learning environment for the youth, MPC, MIDA and Intel Malaysia are pushing to break the myth that digital technology is only for techies. Designed with innovation in mind, the ‘AI-based machine vision’ kits align with the growth of the emerging technologies by providing education institutions an avenue to equip future talents with AI skills.

This handover event is a continuation of Artificial Intelligence for Universities (AI4U) programme launched by the organisations in November 2021, to facilitate the building of their respective AI Labs among these institutions to cultivate computational thinking skills among students of various fields of study. This sponsorship opportunity will also enhance training and learning capabilities, initiate research in technology theories and design, and introduce intelligent computing and machine learning.

Dato’ Arham Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of MIDA in his welcome remarks, said “AI education unlocks collaborative and remote learning, giving communities of learners ubiquitous access to knowledge and self-development. MIDA aspires to emulate the success of the AI4U Programme to initiate multiple academia-industry collaborations because such initiatives are fundamental to our future. Besides creating high-value job opportunities, we are responsible for preparing our aspiring young technology innovators and leaders because they are crucial to nation-building in this technologically driven era. We hope today’s milestone will trigger new opportunities to emulate similar partnerships between premier universities and the corporate sector to enhance growth in AI-related research activities and commercial product innovation. Congratulations to everyone involved!”

The Director General of MPC, Dato’ Abdul Latif Hj. Abu Seman said MPC is delighted to collaborate with MIDA and Intel Malaysia in the AI4U programme. He remarked, “As technology evolves, employers are asking for graduates with different skills as well and higher education will need to respond accordingly. As we ramp up our efforts, we gave the education institutions a facelift to reflect our goals for an AI-driven future.”

The five (5) selected universities are expected to establish their respective AI labs, which will serve to empower students of all faculties to learn and experience AI. This programme is also designed to have the computer science faculty of the universities to be the peer trainer by their respective computer science students and lecturers to the rest of their faculty.

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About MIDA
MIDA is the government’s principal promotion agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA has 12 regional and 20 overseas offices. MIDA continues to be the strategic partner to businesses in seizing the opportunities arising from the technology revolution of this era. For more information, please visit www.mida.gov.my and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.

About MPC
The Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) is a statutory body under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). MPC promotes productivity, quality and competitiveness to the industries and organisations in Malaysia. MPC’s vision is to be the leading organisation in productivity enhancement for global competitiveness and innovation.

For media enquiries, please contact:

MIDA
Aizah Abdullah
Director
Industry Talent Management and Expatriate Division
[email protected] | DL: +603-2267 3529

MPC
Huda Atiqah Samsir
[email protected] | DL: +6013 726 1950

Lee Wan Wei
[email protected] | DL: +6012 295 5105

MIDA, MPC and Intel Taking AI Innovation to The Next Level for Education Institutions


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Kuala Lumpur, 13 January 2022 – The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) kickstarted their 2022 to build relationships in appreciating partners and stakeholders’ contribution towards MIDA in 2021. During their annual media appreciation and networking event, YBhg. Dato’ Arham Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of MIDA, thanked the unwavering commitment and support from the media team in helping MIDA highlight Malaysia’s potential as an investment destination in 2021 and shared a brief insight into the organisation’s theme for this year, “Rebuilding a sustainable economy through quality investment and strategic investment supply chain development in 2022”.

The Government, via MIDA, remains focused on attracting high-quality investments from foreign and domestic companies into Malaysia through various investment strategies and policy initiatives amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

From January to September 2021, Malaysia attracted RM177.8 billion approved investments in the manufacturing, services and primary sectors and generated 79,899 job opportunities. Within the first nine months of 2021, foreign direct investments (FDI) contributed RM106.1 billion, accounting for nearly 60 per cent of the total approved investments. The remainder, 40.3per cent or RM71.7 billion, were channelled from domestic direct investments (DDI), thanks to the existing and new aspiring local companies meeting the growing industrial needs of different MNCs.

Many Fortune 500 and local companies made pivotal decisions to leverage Malaysia’s role as a strategic supply chain hub with cost advantages and pro-business policies, a friendly economic environment and ASEAN trade and bilateral relations.

MIDA has consistently explored avenues to enhance its business processes, delivery and facilitation to further increase efficiency in supporting investors. Among the major initiatives undertaken by the Government to improve Malaysia’s investment environment include:-

a. One-Stop-Centre (OSC) Facilities
To facilitate the movement of short-term business travellers during the pandemic.

b. The Digital Investment Office (DIO)
A fully digital collaborative platform between MIDA and the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) to spur the charge towards facilitating digital investments in Malaysia.

c. InvestMalaysia
A single gateway portal for approval of investment projects.

d. MIDA’s Project Acceleration and Coordination Unit (PACU)
End-to-end facilitation to all approved projects in the country, enabling speedy and efficient implementation.

e. MIDA Assessment Development Centre (MADC)
A collaboration initiative known as HyTalent Programme; a synergised effort between three (3) premier local universities that offer up-skilling and re-skilling programmes to local graduates and talented individuals to make them career and industry-ready.

f. The Intervention Fund (IF) and Smart Automation Grant (SAG)
To facilitate our local players’ technical competencies.

YBhg. Dato’ Arham Abdul Rahman shared, “We focused on accelerating the adoption and adaptation of digitalisation to transition brick and mortar hubs into “smart factories” to enhance flexibility and optimise productivity and growth remotely. We strive to ensure that Malaysia remains welcoming of investors by rolling out several game-changing measures to ease the challenges of operating businesses in the country while encouraging and facilitating the adoption of technology, innovation and research by companies. Looking towards 2022, MIDA encourages companies to accelerate the adoption of digitalisation and intensify research and development (R&D) activities to discover new technologies”.

Malaysia also focuses on pursuing more high quality, capital-intensive projects and those that support the sustainable development agenda of the nation. Aligning to the Shared Prosperity Vision (SPV) 2030 and the Twelfth Malaysia Plan (RMK12), the country has been securing new investments that align well with Malaysia’s National Investment Aspirations (NIA) and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles. The NIA is expected to propel Malaysia’s long-term growth through the flow of sustainable quality investment in new and complex growth areas.

To reflect this, MIDA has lined up targetted trade and investment missions (TIM) and Specific project Missions (SPM) to capture investments in high technology, innovation and research-driven industries that will complement the Malaysian industrial ecosystem. MIDA has a pipeline of 477 projects with proposed investments of RM33.3 billion in the manufacturing and services sectors within MIDA’s purview. These include aerospace, electronic vehicles, machinery and equipment, IC design, advanced electronics; advanced materials; fine chemicals; renewable energy such as photovoltaic; optics and photonics; display technology; petrochemical; pharmaceutical, medical devices, etc. food security.

“As the coordinating central investment promotion agency and a one-stop centre for potential investments, we look forward to working collaboratively with the relevant investment promotion agencies to harness the competitive strengths of every state within Malaysia.” added Dato’ Arham.

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About MIDA
MIDA is the Government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into Malaysia’s manufacturing and services sectors. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA has 12 regional and 20 overseas offices. MIDA continues to be the strategic partner to businesses in seizing the opportunities arising from the technology revolution of this era. For more information, please visit www.mida.gov.my and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channels.

For further enquiries, please contact:

MIDA
Fatmah Ahmad
Senior Deputy Director
+603  2267 2428
[email protected]

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Edna Zacharias
Communication Director
+601 6355 4758
[email protected]

Citrine One
Jane Goh
Consultant
+601 3312 1027
[email protected]

MIDA Affirms Commitment to Building a Sustainable Investment Ecosystem for Malaysia in 2022


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Kuala Lumpur, 7 January 2022 — Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: MU), today announced an investment of RM1 million to strengthen collaboration, research and development (R&D) projects with local universities over the next five years. Funding will go towards grants supporting research in the areas of semiconductor materials, smart manufacturing and artificial intelligence which are key to the advancement of tech manufacturing in the country.

“Like all fellow Penangites, my colleagues and I are immensely proud of Penang’s achievements in the electronic and electrical industry. Yet to go further, we need partners who share our vision for Penang, and Micron is one of them,” said Yang Amat Berhormat Tuan Chow Kon Yeow, Chief Minister of Penang. “The RM1 million grant funding to local universities by Micron today further reinforces the company’s commitment to using its leadership, influence and resources to create positive change, on top of its relentless efforts in employee wellbeing, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility.”

“We are encouraged by Micron’s efforts and contribution to build a resilient semiconductor ecosystem that supports Malaysia’s competitiveness as the destination of choice for future investments,” said YBhg. Dato’ Arham Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA). “For the past 50 years, MIDA has strived to position Malaysia as an international manufacturing hub whose holistic electrical and electronics ecosystem enables front-end and back-end semiconductor production, and this would not have materialised without the active contribution of the corporate sector. Besides advancing business growth, their involvement in universities’ academic curriculum development has been catalytic in grooming aspiring young technology innovators and leaders who are fundamental to this industry’s success. This partnership between Micron and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) is set to create new growth opportunities and we welcome such collaborations to transpire between other various institutors and companies.”

“Malaysia is critical to our global manufacturing footprint, and we hope the funding and knowledge transfer to local universities will strengthen the local semiconductor ecosystem, advance R&D and deepen science, technology and engineering skills in the local talent pool,” said Amarjit Singh Sandhu, Corporate Vice President and Country Manager of Micron Malaysia. “We aim to use our presence and influence to contribute to Malaysia’s economy, including generating quality jobs and increasing the country’s productivity, efficiency, and global competitiveness.”

USM is the first university partner to receive funding from Micron. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Micron and USM was signed during an official (virtual) ceremony by Amarjit Singh Sandhu, Corporate Vice President and Country Manager of Micron Malaysia and YBhg. Professor Dato’ Dr. Faisal Rafiq Bin Mahamd Adikan, Vice Chancellor of USM.

Witnessing the funding announcement and MOU signing ceremony were Yang Amat Berhormat Tuan Chow Kon Yeow, Chief Minister of Penang, and YBhg. Dato’ Arham Abdul Rahman, CEO of MIDA. Also in attendance were YBhg Professor Dato’ Ir. Dr. Abdul Rahman Bin Mohamed, Deputy Vice Chancellor of USM, YBhg. Dato’ Seri Lee Kah Choon, Special Investment Advisor to Chief Minister of Penang, and YBhg. Dato’ Loo Lee Lian, CEO of InvestPenang.

“I wish to thank Micron for giving USM the opportunity to be the first university partner to receive funding and hope that it will spur research and strengthen the collaborations between both organisations,” said YBhg. Professor Dato’ Dr. Faisal Rafiq Bin Mahamd Adikan, Vice Chancellor of USM. “The partnership between Micron and USM is in line with the focus area of the National Fourth Industrial Revolution’s policy, and supported by national policies such as the 12th Malaysia Plan and Wawasan Kemakmuran Bersama 2030.”

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About MIDA
MIDA is the government’s principal investment promotion and development agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) to oversee and drive investments into the manufacturing and services sectors in Malaysia. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur Sentral, MIDA has 12 regional and 20 overseas offices. MIDA continues to be the strategic partner to businesses in seizing the opportunities arising from the technology revolution of this era. For more information, please visit www.mida.gov.my and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube channel.

About Micron Technology, Inc.
We are an industry leader in innovative memory and storage solutions transforming how the world uses information to enrich life for all. With a relentless focus on our customers, technology leadership, and manufacturing and operational excellence, Micron delivers a rich portfolio of high-performance DRAM, NAND and NOR memory and storage products through our Micron® and Crucial® brands. Every day, the innovations that our people create fuel the data economy, enabling advances in artificial intelligence and 5G applications that unleash opportunities — from the data center to the intelligent edge and across the client and mobile user experience. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: MU), visit micron.com.

© 2022 Micron Technology, Inc. All rights reserved. Information, products, and/or specifications are subject to change without notice. Micron, the Micron logo, and all other Micron trademarks are the property of Micron Technology, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

For more information, please contact:

MIDA Industry Talent Management and Expatriate Division
Aizah Abdullah
Director
+603-2267 3529
[email protected]

Micron Media Relations Contact
Erica Pompen
Micron Technology, Inc.
+1 (408) 834-1873
[email protected]

Micron Investor Relations Contact
Farhan Ahmad
Micron Technology, Inc.
+1 (408) 834-1927
[email protected]

Micron Invests RM1 Million to Support Research at Local Universities


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