Malaysia's Minister of Communications and Multimedia, YB Gobind Singh Deo, introduced a new AI-focused Masters by research programme at AI and Data Week 2019. This was announced by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) on Thursday (12 September).

The programme, titled MYINDUSTRY AI Scholarship Programme, is a certification programme jointly funded by the industry, universities (University of Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, and Multimedia University), as well as MDEC.

Participants will receive a minimum monthly stipend of RM2,500 for up to 24 months, as well as tuition fees. As for pioneer companies supporting this scholarship, they include: Astro Malaysia Holdings, CIMB, Green Packet, G3 Global, Intel Microelectronics, IRIS Corporation, and Poladrone Solutions.

In line with this, to develop more industry-ready talent, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia has acknowledged the support received from seven of its industry partners, which included one-year placements for their pioneer batch of students under the 2u2i mode programme for Bachelor of Computer Science.

These partners are: Datamicron Systems, DHL Asia Pacific Shared Services, IJM Corporation, Petronas, PPG, TM ONE, and Top Glove.

According to the release, the objective of this programme is to provide students with more exposure to real-life work experience through "more learning time in the industry". An industry review of its curriculum and internship placement was earlier facilitated by MDEC.