Wistron Corporation of Taiwan, a Fortune 500 ICT global player, has made Malaysia its regional hub to lead expansion in the country and across Southeast Asia for its smart school education solution.
The company said Malaysia is chosen as Wistron's education domain regional hub given its significant economic clout in the region and its robust education blueprint which is in tandem with its New Economic Model, Economic Transformation Plan and Government Transformation Plan to place the country into a high-caliber path.
Wistron Corp president and chief operating officer Robert Hwang said Southeast Asia is one of the fastest growing regions in the world with high network readiness index and strong commercial links to the Middle East.
"Malaysia is the region's largest trading partner with the Gulf region and in the UAE in particular, making it a natural choice for us to establish a regional hub here," he said in a statement.
Wistron has set up a subsidiary, WiEdu Sdn Bhd, offering fully integrated education technology solutions and services that enable creative teaching and learning.
WiEdu managing director Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin said the company's ambitious plans in Southeast Asia include expanding its support to the Malaysian government through a long term roadmap to bringing ICTs to students at large in both public and private schools, and into Indonesia and Middle East at a later stage.
"The Ministry of Education is in collaboration with WiEdu in lifting the achievement of all students and teachers under the Malaysia's Education Blue Print," he said in a statement.
Syed Zainal said WiEdu is supported by specialised expertise and emerging technologies, customised to meet the rigorous requirements from Malaysian education sector from concept, implementation, to after-sales services. He added that effective deployment of ICTs in schools is a complex affair that goes beyond purchasing hardware and software.
Wistron-WiEdu has identified several key elements and methodologies based on its previous deployment experience in Taiwan and China that must be considered if the deployment of ICTs is to have meaningful impact in Malaysia. These components must all co-exist; none is optional and together form a system.
"WiEdu demonstrates our confidence in the market and in our ability to provide excellent products and services in the region, especially through leveraging on Wiston's extensive expertise in R&D and manufacturing of ICT products.
"Wistron-WiEdu is actively bringing this leaner-centred learning environments facilitated by fully integrated approach with aim to contribute to the creation of a knowledge-based student population," he said.