In a memorandum of understanding signed last week, Red Hat Inc, the world’s leading provider of open source solutions announced it’s initiative to drive open source education and training in the state of Melaka with Abyres, one of Red Hat’s partners in Malaysia. In a first-of-its-kind initiative in Melaka, Red Hat aims to help drive awareness for the adoption of open source technologies in the public sector.
Under the agreement, Red Hat will be providing al the relevant training material under the Red Hat Academy curriculum to local universities, polytechnics and community colleges in the state of Melaka. Under this scheme Certification exams will also be made available at a discounted fee for all students, lecturers and instructors of Universities and Polytechnics in Melaka.
According to DP Van Leeuwen, vice president and general manager of the Asia Pacific region for Red Hat:
“Red Hat is very pleased to collaborate with the Melaka State Government to promote open source awareness in Melaka, but also hopes that with the setting up of the Open Source Center of Excellence, we will be able to provide expertise and resources to train current and future IT professionals in Malaysia through this channel.”
Dr Mohamed Sulaiman Sultan Suhaibuddeen, head of ICT, Melaka State Government added:
“We see open source as the way of the future. There is a lack of skilled resources and awareness for open source technology. We understand the benefits from using open source that can be realized to help meet the unique challenges that governments face when addressing the need to get on the cloud, so our aim is to equip our staff and the future workforce with the necessary knowledge and skill set.”