Speech by Chief Minister of Penang
During The Signing Ceremony between KDU College Penang & Dongseo University
at KDU College Penang
Friday, February 6, 2015
On behalf of the State Government of Penang, let me first of all extend a warm welcome to all of you, especially the professors from Dongseo University, Korea.
I am truly honored to step into KDU College Penang and stand here once again to witness another significant milestone for KDU College Penang.
I would like to acknowledge Paramount Education (formerly known as KDU Education Group) for its continuous efforts in supporting the Penang state government’s plan in developing Penang into a global hub for creative multimedia industry.
This is another initiative by Paramount Education after the acquisition of 30 acres land in Batu Kawan under the wing of Paramount Corporation Berhad in Mac 2014, which will see Paramount Corporation building Penang’s first university metropolis in Batu Kawan. In line with Penang’s efforts to promote quality education and knowledge-based projects in Batu Kawan, this university metropolis – to be developed by Paramount Property (the property development arm of Paramount Corporation) – will be anchored by a new purpose-built campus for KDU Penang.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Penang possesses huge potential to develop as an international and intelligent state. We believe by collaborating with professional institutions, we are able to cultivate human capital in various areas and better position Penang as a global hub for education and creative multimedia.
investPenang launched the “first-in-Malaysia” Business Processing Outsourcing-Information Technology Outsourcing (CPO-ITO) Hub last year, which is inclusive of a Creative Animation Triggers (CAT) within the George Town Heritage Enclave. This RM11.3 billion project is a joint-venture agreement with Temasek Singapore.
This CAT aims to enhance Penang’s capability in producing world-class content in animation and of course ultimately to bring the good name of Penang in creative multimedia to international arena. Simultaneously, it also drives entrepreneurship in the creative industry.
Today, the signing between KDU College Penang and Dongseo University, Korea marks a significant collaboration in producing qualified specialists who are able to adapt and apply comprehensive knowledge of digital contents production to complement the Penang state government initiatives in promoting Penang Creative Animation Triggers.
As informed, this collaboration involved approximately half-a-million ringgit since it is still in the initial stage of procuring all the hardware and software.
ZI am truly pleased to see the coming together of two premier higher education institutions in this collaboration – KDU College Penang, a tertiary education provider in Penang renowned for its solid industry linkages and experienced teaching faculty; and Dongseo University, a leading university in Korea with campuses in US and China.
They will commence two new double-degree programmes namely B.A. (Hons.) Creative Multimedia and B.A. in Communication (Hons) major in New Media to benefit the younger generation especially our young Malaysian.
This new collaboration will create more opportunities for students in KDU to pursue their dream career in creative digital animation industry and allow more openings to foster creative and talented artists in this industry.
Last but not least, I would like to thank KDU College Penang and Dongseo University Korea for this partnership which will propel Penang into another highly innovative market – the creative multimedia industry.