MINISTRY OF HIGHER EDUCATION OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES 1CITIZEN PROGRAM FOR 80,000 STUDENTS
Winners of 1CITIZEN Portfolio for 2012 Announced
PUTRAJAYA, 14 DECEMBER 2012 – The Ministry of Higher Education (“MOHE”) Malaysia today launched the 1CITIZEN Program and announced the portfolio winners for year 2012 during the Inauguration of Student Leaders Convention of Institutes of Higher Learning 2012 and Launching Ceremony of 1CITIZEN Program. The ceremony was officiated by the Minister of Higher Education, YB. Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
1CITIZEN Program, which offers the IC CITIZEN Certification, is a special training program developed by Prestariang Systems Sdn Bhd (“PSSB”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Prestariang Berhad (“Prestariang”) to foster national unity via appropriate use of technology. The program aims to instill in youths today a sense of 'keNegaraan', collaboration, responsibility and ownership to the communities during their online digital experience; promote youth activism and volunteerism and integrate a Malaysia-owned Globally Benchmarked and Standards for digital literacy Certification.
It is currently being implemented in collaboration with MOHE under the supervision of the Department of Higher Education (JPT) targeted to cater 80,000 students from 20 identified public institutes of higher learning including universities, polytechnics and community colleges in Malaysia (“IPTA”), as well as selected private institutes of higher learning (“IPTS”).
Under the 1CITIZEN Program, students will undergo a 12 contact-hour training session and sit for the IC CITIZEN Certification exam at the end of training session to verify their understanding of ground rules for acceptable use of technology in today’s digital world. As of 30 November 2012, the program has trained more than 23,995 participants nationwide.
The IC CITIZEN Certification is a home-grown product specially developed and designed by PSSB to produce digitally literate and responsible citizens. It inspires Netizens to become critical thinkers who understand ethical consequences of online behaviour. Launched in 2010 for the global market, IC CITIZEN is being marketed via a partnership with Certiport from US to a network of approximately 10,000 centres in 152 countries. To date, IC CITIZEN has a growing list of users in the US, Mexico, Ireland, Turkey, Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Brunei.
“The IC CITIZEN certification is our very own home-grown certification, and to see it being rolled-out under the 1CITIZEN Program in our country is indeed a significant milestone,” said Chief Executive Officer of Prestariang, Dr. Abu Hasan Ismail.
“We add value to the existing academic courses by equipping students with the skills and knowledge that are normally not taught in their field of study. It is very important to have this certification because it signifies that the bearer has the knowledge and understanding on appropriate behaviour when they are online. This makes them more likely to be reliable and trustworthy to the potential employers,” he continued.
In conjunction with the program launch, the winners of the following student award categories also received cash prizes:
•1CITIZEN Best Portfolio Season 1
•1CITIZEN Best Portfolio Season 2
•1CITIZEN Best Portfolio Year 2012
•1CITIZEN Best Achievement of IPT Year 2012: Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP)
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About Prestariang (www.prestariang.com.my)
Prestariang Systems Sdn Bhd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Prestariang Berhad; an investment holding company was incorporated on the 26 November 2010. The Company was listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia on the 27 July 2011 with stock name “PRESBHD”, stock code “5204” and market capitalisation of approximately RM277.2 million.
Prestariang is a major provider of information communications technology (“ICT”) training and certification as well as software license distribution and management in Malaysia. Focused on training and certifying adults and lifelong learners to become professionals, Prestariang has trained and certified more than 120,000 participants since its inception in 2003. The Company offers over 40 certification courses nationwide in partnership with Microsoft, Autodesk, IBM, Oracle, CompTIA, Prometric, EC-Council, Certiport and others. As the preferred ICT training provider in Malaysia, Prestariang operates a unique business model offering short courses in ICT training and certification, which synergistically complements its software license distribution and management services..
Issued by: RAPR Mileage Communication Sdn Bhd on behalf of Prestariang Berhad (Co. No.: 819351-H)
Date: 14 December 2012
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