Alibaba Business School announced the expansion of the Alibaba Global eCommerce Talent (GET) Network initiative yesterday, with eight new members joining and committing to facilitate the education and empowerment of youth around the world. Sunway University from Malaysia was one of the eight new member universities added to the worldwide network. The announcement was made at an Alibaba symposium held during the 12th Annual China-ASEAN Education Cooperation Week.
Since the launch of the Alibaba GET Network, five Malaysian universities have joined the network to support the goal of empowering young Malaysian entrepreneurs to excel in the Digital Economy. This includes Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU), INTI International University & Colleges, and most recently, Sunway University. Until now, 223 GET Network teachers from Malaysian universities have trained over 6,340 Malaysian students representing 46 organizations in Malaysia. The initiative underscores Alibaba Group’s ongoing efforts to sharpen the skills of Malaysia entrepreneurs, strengthen their existing businesses and empower the future makers of Malaysia’s Digital Economy.
The symposium “Entrepreneurship and Innovation Education in the Era of the Digital Economy” brought together GET-trained university lecturers and students as well as representatives from 62 universities and partners across 22 countries including China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia and Mexico.
More than 250 experts and representatives from Alibaba Group, various governments, universities and the digital industry joined stakeholders from the Alibaba GET Network to discuss how to further develop talents in the digital economy and drive a new business education model. It was part of the wider proceedings of the China-ASEAN Education Cooperation Week which encourage educational and cultural exchange between ASEAN nations and international partners since 2008.