Thursday, October 24, 2013


PETALING JAYA, MALAYSIA – 25 October 2013: IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM or National Defence University of Malaysia) today announced a collaboration to incorporate IBM’s intelligence software syllabus into the defence and security’s education curriculum.

The collaboration, which is part of IBM’s Academic Initiative programme, entails providing IBM i2 software and courseware to UPNM’s Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Defence Science and Technology.  The IBM i2 software will be used to enhance the teaching of defence strategy, military intelligence analysis, counter intelligence, and border and tactical security in the faculty’s bachelor degree programme for defence science and technology.

In addition to providing complimentary software, IBM will also train the faculty members on how to use the IBM i2 software to teach. The faculty has an annual intake of 150 students a year, who undertake the three-year bachelor degree programme.

“This collaboration complements UPNM’s mission to be Malaysia’s premier defence university in terms of education, training and knowledge creation. Equipping the Malaysian Armed Forces and law enforcements with proven analytical tools will help contribute towards a solid foundation and help secure national sovereignty,” said General Tan Sri Dato' Seri Panglima Hj Zulkifli Bin Hj Zainal Abidin, Vice Chancellor, UPNM.

IBM i2 delivers multidimensional analytical and visualisation capabilities, coupled with real-time dissemination of intelligence and information, to support virtually every phase of the armed forces mission. With IBM i2, undergraduates at UPNM are able to quickly identify connections, patterns and trends in complex data sets that will yield faster analysis results, strategic reports and bulletins. Currently 25 of the 28 NATO member countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany, use IBM i2 solutions to help equip front-line troops with the right information at the right time.

“This collaboration will ensure that UPNM students will be trained to use analytics, and develop their skills to help our armed forces achieve success in their future intelligence missions,” said Paul Moung, Managing Director, IBM Malaysia.

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