Bridging local talents to global opportunities


INTI International College Penang hosted its signature Industry Networking Session today in an exemplary display of collaboration and innovation.


Bringing together industry leaders and several top management representatives from INTI International University and Colleges, the event was a testament to the power of partnerships – spotlighting the tireless efforts of industry leaders and organisations that have synergised with INTI.


It was held at Eastin Hotel Penang.


Chong giving Chow a token of appreciation.


Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow, during his keynote speech, applauded INTI for playing a key role in driving progress and innovation in Penang.


“INTI has an impressive legacy of nurturing talents who chart their unique paths instead of adhering to predefined ones.


“A prime example of this vision is INTI’s pioneering collaboration with IBM Malaysia, championing the prestigious IBM SkillsBuild initiative in Malaysia.


“Such initiatives showcase INTI’s unwavering commitment to preparing industry-ready talents through innovative educational programmes.


“In a world where digital advancements often outpace traditional curriculums, INTI’s dedication to real-time industry collaboration also ensures that students receive the most relevant and up-to-date training.


Chow delivering his speech.


“We must equip our students with knowledge, wisdom, skill sets and mindsets to navigate the complexities of our interconnected world, which comes with both advancement and growth,” Chow said in his speech earlier.


He also reiterated the continuous concern that resonates alongside Penang’s development, which is the shortage of skilled talents.


“A 2022 study by Penang Institute estimated a staggering RM10 billion in lost productivity annually due to the shortage of skilled workers, underscoring the imperative for a comprehensive strategy to address this concern.


Chow (third from right) launching the industry networking session. With him are other representatives from INTI and industry leaders.


“The state government, through agencies like InvestPenang, Digital Penang and the Penang Skills Development Centre (PSDC), has taken deliberate steps to tackle this issue.


“The establishment of Penang STEM in 2017 was a proactive step to cultivate STEM skills beyond conventional curricula,” he added.


Among others present during the event were INTI International University and Colleges chief executive officer Chong Kok Wai, state Education Department deputy director Abdul Said Hussain, Penang Port Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Sasedharan Vasudevan and INTI International College Penang chief executive Hemalatha Murugiah.


Story by Kevin Vimal
Pix by Ahmad Adil Muhamad
Video by Siti Nuratikah Rahmat