IBM-TP launch a Technology Experience center

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IBM and Temasek Polytechnic (TP) announced the setting up of a Technology Experience Centre to enhance students’ capabilities in hybrid cloud and spur new research and development collaborations in emerging technologies. Mr Tan Kiat How, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information presided over the launch ceremony.  

The IBM-TP Technology Experience Centre is expected to train approximately 500 students each year to design and co-create smart and connected solutions for the industry on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform.  Students will gain access to IBM’s green (attached PDF – Reducing carbon footprint of computing) high powered hybrid cloud enterprise computing technologies through solution discovery engagements and capability as well as skills training. This will equip them with the knowledge and insight for emerging roles in the digital economy that supports Singapore’s Smart Nation and cybersecurity goals.

“Singapore is recognised as an innovation hub and is well poised to contribute to the recovery of the global economy by creating new solutions to address the challenges faced by industries transitioning to a post pandemic era. The collaboration with Temasek Polytechnic is timely in IBM’s journey in Singapore by contributing to the development of a future ready workforce and exposing students to sustainable technologies that make a positive impact to communities in Singapore,” said Martin Chee, General Manager, IBM ASEAN and Singapore.

The global health pandemic combined with rapid digital transformation has created a demand for skilled technology professionals as more organisations automate operations and integrate digital channels to complement the brick-and-mortar.

According to Korn Ferry, there will be a global shortage of more than 85 million tech workers, representing $8.5 trillion in lost annual revenue by 2030. A separate survey from Global Knowledge noted 67% of IT decision makers believe that skill gaps cost employers between three and nine hours of work per week.

Minister of State for Communications and Information Tan Kiat How said, “The Government is committed to partner the industry in supporting our students to pick up skills in emerging technologies. IBM’s collaboration with Temasek Poly to establish a TP-IBM Technology Experience Centre is a good example. Through this collaboration, students can learn about developing Smart and Connected digital solutions that leverages the power of cloud platforms. These skills and experiences will be valuable in helping our students seize exciting opportunities in the growing digital economy.”

Under the collaboration, in response to the market demand for Zero Trust technologies, IBM will provide a Linux-based IBM Z platform to enable TP to set up a sustainable, secure hybrid cloud platform and will help the faculty to infuse existing curriculum with relevant materials from cloud computing, cybersecurity, Zero Trust, DevOps, digital assets and blockchain.  The material will be curated from IBM and the IBM Academic Initiative portal.  IBM’s Academic Initiative allows educators, students and researchers at IHLs to easily leverage IBM tools, courses, and selected software for teaching and learning purposes. IBM’s mission is to enable students to graduate with ‘real-world’ technology learning and more importantly, direct hands-on experience in “industrial strength” tools that will help them in their chosen career.

Experts from IBM will also expose Temasek Polytechnic staff and students to real industry problem statements and provide free consultancy on joint collaborative projects.  
“IBM and TP have been long-standing collaborators in preparing our youths and adult learners for knowledge-intensive jobs in fast growing industries.  We are very excited to grow this collaboration by leveraging IBM’s advanced technologies and know-how in cloud computing and emerging technologies to equip our students with the skills to design and develop smart solutions for businesses,” said Peter Lam, Principal & CEO, Temasek Polytechnic.

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