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CelcomDigi Metaversity in Collaboration with XRA and VIRNECT: Pioneering the Future of Tertiary Education

[Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, March 22, 2024] – CelcomDigi Berhad (“CelcomDigi”) proudly introduces CelcomDigi Metaversity™, an innovative educational platform set to redefine tertiary education in Malaysia. Developed through the company’s Innovation Centre, this initiative marks a significant leap forward in leveraging metaverse, extended reality (XR), and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to revolutionize learning experiences.

With a primary focus on cultivating future talents in AI-based emerging technologies, CelcomDigi Metaversity™ harnesses the power of 5G and fiber connectivity to provide immersive learning opportunities. By seamlessly integrating metaverse, XR, AI, and robotics into its curriculum, the platform offers students unparalleled hands-on digital learning experiences within a virtual environment, fostering deep technical expertise and in-demand competencies.

Upon completion of CelcomDigi Metaversity™’s immersive learning courses, students will be awarded certifications from XRA and VIRNECT, validating their proficiency in metaverse technologies. This strategic collaboration underscores the pivotal role of XRA and its 70 alliance members worldwide in driving Malaysia’s digital transformation agenda, emphasizing the importance of equipping talents with necessary XR skills essential for various industries.

The initiative has already gained significant momentum, integrating multiple use-cases across various faculties in collaboration with six esteemed local universities. Spanning fields such as healthcare, engineering, robotics, historical, automotive and cybersecurity, these collaborations highlight the platform’s versatility and relevance across diverse sectors.

A key collaborator in this transformative endeavor is the Ministry of Higher Education, with the initiative officially launched by Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Datuk TS. Mustapha Sakmud. CelcomDigi and the ministry are actively collaborating to implement metaverse, XR, and AI learning solutions in 21 universities nationwide, ensuring widespread adoption and impact.

Moreover, 10 prominent universities, including Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Asia Pacific University (APU), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), have committed to adopting CelcomDigi Metaversity™’s immersive learning modules. As the preferred connectivity provider for these institutions, CelcomDigi will provide essential fiber connectivity and digital IoT solutions to support their transformative journey towards digital education.

Commenting on the initiative, Deputy Minister Mustapha Sakmud remarked, “Metaverse learning and education are innovative methods that open numerous possibilities for our future talents to seize and experience.”

Meanwhile, CelcomDigi CEO, Datuk Idham Nawawi emphasized the critical importance of preparing Malaysia’s future talents for the AI-driven world. Leveraging technologies such as 5G, AI, and IoT, CelcomDigi’s Metaversity™ initiative aims to produce industry-ready graduates skilled in metaverse applications, thereby contributing significantly to Malaysia’s digital growth and innovation agenda.

Adding to the conversation, Mr. Havene Liew, CEO of XR Associates, highlighted the essential role of an immersive technologies provider like XRA in contributing Malaysia’s roadmap to digitalization. He emphasized the significance of creative thinking and smart execution, stating, “The real metaverse allows anyone, regardless of IT expertise, to create XR content with platforms like Virnect. Let AI and tools like Virnect express your thoughts fast, benefiting the community while equipping individuals with necessary XR skills required in various industries.”

Through transformative initiatives like CelcomDigi Metaversity™, Malaysia is poised to lead the way in adopting innovative education solutions, effectively preparing its workforce for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

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