Malaysian telecommunication firm CelcomDigi Berhad, through its Innovation Center, launched Malaysia’s first experiential and immersive learning environment – CelcomDigi Metaversity™.

Utilizing metaverse, extended reality (XR), and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions, supported by CelcomDigi’s 5G and fibre connectivity for optimal digital experience, this initiative will accelerate the development of Malaysia’s future talents’ artificial intelligence (AI)-based emerging technologies expertise and spur the innovation of digital solutions for academia and enterprises, CelcomDigi said in a statement on Friday.

The CelcomDigi Metaversity™ reimagines tertiary education by applying cutting-edge technology such as metaverse, extended reality (XR), AI, robotics, and 5G in its immersive learning modules, to enable students with “hands-on” digital learning experiences in a virtual world and deepen their technical expertise for these in-demand competencies.

These immersive learning modules will open doors for students to apply their skills and create innovation opportunities across industry sectors such as healthcare, engineering, robotics, cybersecurity and more.

Students who enrol in CelcomDigi’s Metaversity™’s immersive learning course will be given a metaverse certification by VIRNECT and XRA upon completion.

CelcomDigi’s Metaversity™ has implemented multiple use-cases in various faculties with six local universities, such as virtual museum, medical teaching hospital, car manufacturing, robotics, cyber security, and oil and gas engineering.

CelcomDigi Metaversity™ is a collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education and was launched by Mustapha Sakmud, Deputy Minister of Higher Education in Malaysia.

CelcomDigi and the Ministry of Higher Education are also collaborating to drive the adoption and implementation of innovative metaverse, XR, and AI learning and education solutions across 21 universities nationwide.

A total of ten universities namely Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UTM), Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), MAHSA University, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM), have also pledged their commitment to adopt CelcomDigi Metaversity™’s immersive learning modules.

As the preferred connectivity provider for these universities, CelcomDigi will support with fiber connectivity and a range of digital IoT solutions to aid in the transformation journey of these tertiary institutions.

“Metaverse learning and education is an innovative method that opens many possibilities for our future talents to seize and experience,” said Sakmud.

“It is also a notable feat for CelcomDigi in spearheading
this initiative towards innovating future-forward solutions that will inspire Malaysian students,

“We call upon more education institutions, as well as technology and industry players, to reimagine and revolutionize the nation’s education system together and bring our nation’s talents to greater heights,” he added.

Idham Nawawi, Chief Executive Officer of CelcomDigi, said that AI is changing the world and Malaysia needs to be ready.

“Our ambitions here are clear – we want to help accelerate the preparedness of Malaysia’s future talents and position our homegrown universities as some of the most advanced learning institutions in the region,

“By leveraging the power of 5G, AI, metaverse, and Internet of Things technologies, we can enhance how we educate and train our future doctors, engineers, scientists, and technicians alike,” he said.

According to the statement, CelcomDigi’s Metaversity™ initiative began in September 2023 through a collaboration with VIRNECT and XRA to develop experiential learning and education using Metaverse, for Malaysian universities.

The collaboration with homegrown universities aims to produce industry-ready graduates who are skilled in metaverse applications, transforming beyond traditional knowledge and learning programs and accelerate the development Malaysia’s future talents with AI-based digital growth.

CelcomDigi is Malaysia’s largest mobile network operator with more than 20.6 million users on its network.

Established on 1 December 2022 from the merger of Celcom and Digi, the company aims to serve the growing digital needs of its customers by leveraging its newly combined widest network footprint, distribution touchpoints, innovative range of digital products and services, and superior customer experience powered by over 3,800 top industry experts.

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