Industry-academia collaboration is a strategic necessity in today’s challenging and turbulent economy. Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation is always looking for ways to ensure that its programmes continue to be at the leading edge.
Apart from forming an Industry Advisory Panel (IAP) which is a key enabler of systematic industry-academic engagement, APU collaborates with industry in various forms that include Internships, Job fairs, joint final year projects (FY Ps), technology workshops, industrial visits, seminars, webinars, competitions etc.
APU follows a structured Industry-Academia Collaboration (IAC) model that associates the concerned parties involving industry, academia, and government. The main considerations include enhancing the employability of graduates, necessary information on the employability outlook, areas of growth within the ICT industry and how various programmes offered by APU assist in talent development.
Over the years, APU has focused on establishing collaborations with the key international and national IT industries. With these collaborations, APU students are able to graduate with both an academic degree from APU and international standard and vendor neutral IT skills credentials from industry. Some of these collaborations include:
APU collaborated with IBM on academic initiative to deliver a series of technical workshop, technology talks, industry visits, etc. IBM academy collaboration has received overwhelming participations from APU students. APU has produced over 200 students as IBM certified solution designers and application developers so far.
APU became the first university in Malaysia to partner with EMC under its successful EAA initiative and introduced courses on Data Science and Big Data Analytics, Cloud Infrastructure and Services, Information Storage & Management to undergraduate students.
APU joined MyUniAlliance UNITY Learning System Programme that include benefits such as curriculum review and updates for existing courses, embedding new syllabus for the latest technology versions, training for academicians via Train-the-Trainer (TTT) Programme and creating Unity Learning centres accredited by Unity Technologies.
APU became authorized training partner for Salesforce. Salesforce provides APU students with industry trend to build agile enterprise solutions rapidly using Salesforce as a platform. It promotes APU to be the 1st University in shaping DevOps Culture Shift among IT students.
APU joined MyUniAlliance SAP UAP in 2012. This alliance allows students to access SAP curriculums, demos, webinars, recorded videos and other learning platforms.
APU joined MSC Malaysia MyUniAlliance Google Web Academy Programme and integrated Google E-Business contents in its curriculum.
APU became CompTIA’s First Academic Partner in Malaysia. It provided an excellent opportunity for APU students to get vendor-neutral IT education embedded in their curriculum through CompTIA.
APU established Oracle Academy partnership which makes available CS education resources that are up-to-date, industry-relevant, and engaging. It also provides support in curriculum, Faculty Professional Development, Certifications and community building.
Microsoft has been an APU industrial partner for over two decades. APU is one of the frontier universities on the Microsoft Talent Development programme. Students at APU have continued to engage directly with professionals from Microsoft via workshops and talk sessions. Many of these students have also attained professional Microsoft certification allowing for greater job prospects. APU has also received the Microsoft Azure Educator Grant Award.
APU-ISACA Student Group is officially recognized by ISACA International Headquarters. It is the first officially recognized ISACA Student Group in Malaysia. ISACA Student Groups (ISGs) encourage education beyond the classroom by allowing students to network and learn from each other, and connect with a supportive group of professionals. Upon the establishment of this group, APU is accessible to ISACA’s material, tools as well as a range of other benefits.
APU has signed a MoA with HILTI allowing for HILTI to sit in our industrial advisory panel for curriculum development. HILTI is where many of APU graduates are currently working having established OJTs in Liechtenstein and Switzerland. Traditionally APU academicians have been judges and students as participants in HILTI industrial competitions in which APU has done well constantly.
APU has worked very closely with MDeC on the development of IT graduates. MDeC has been an endorser of the programmes developed in Data Science and IoT. APU is recognized as a premier Digital Institution of Higher Learning and a top provider of IT graduates to stimulate and embrace Digital Malaysia.
APU and SAS have signed an MoA in partnership to develop Data Scientists in Malaysia. SAS also has endorsed the UG and PG level programmes in Data Analytics by providing tools and educational material support for learning and research purposes. All UG and PG Data Analytics graduates will received a Joint Professional Certificate from SAS.
MoU between APU and Fusionex has been signed during the Big Data Week in 2016. Fusionex has been supportive in providing Post Graduate case studies, UG final year projects and UG internships. Fusionex has guided and allowed the GIANT analytics tools to used for educational and learning purposed at the UG level Data Analytics courses.
APU and F-Secure has been partners in joint students skills development enhancement in the areas of forensics and cyber security. F-Secure’s prominent industrial level competitions have been constantly participated in by APU students and they have traditionally done extremely well.
APU signs Amazon’s Global Initiative AWS Educate programme that incorporates the provision of AWS Credits, AWS Training, Curated Content and Collaboration Tools to APU staff and students.