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CompTIA Welcomes Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation as First Academic Partner in Malaysia

Jul 09, 2015 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – CompTIA, the information technology (IT) industry trade association, has welcomed Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) as its first CompTIA Authorized Academy Partner in Malaysia.


Gurpardeep Singh, Vice President, Operations, at APU and Dennis Kwok, Vice President, Asia Pacific, CompTIA, recently launched the partnership at the APU campus in Kuala Lumpur.


With this collaboration APU students can graduate with both an academic degree from APU and internationally-recognized, vendor neutral IT skills credentials from CompTIA.


“Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation is extremely delighted to become the first CompTIA Authorized Academy Partner in Malaysia,” said Singh. “We are always looking for ways to ensure our programmes continue to be at the leading edge of computing. Collaboration with CompTIA will further help in this objective. It is an excellent opportunity for APU students to get vendor-neutral IT education embedded in their curriculum through CompTIA.”



“APU is an important strategic partner for us because the university is at the forefront of improving workforce development, enhancing graduates' employability and delivering long-term educational value,” Kwok said. “Partnering with APU helps CompTIA fulfill one of its primary objectives – to prepare the IT workforce of today and tomorrow.”


The partnership between APU and CompTIA occurs at an opportune time.


According to CompTIA’s 2015 International Technology Adoption and Workforce Trends Study, 63 percent of Malaysian executives surveyed said they expected to increase IT staff headcount at their business this year. Additionally, Malaysian companies planned to increase IT spending, on average, by 6.7 percent in 2015.


“In the 21st Century workplace most skilled jobs depend on technology knowledge,” said Kwok. “Virtually all industries require IT professionals, and they are needed in large numbers.”


Professional certifications such as those awarded by CompTIA plan an increasingly important place in the hiring and promotion of IT workers. Hiring managers and HR professionals believe having IT job candidates with industry certifications saves time and resources in evaluating applicants, ensures a candidate’s credibility and demonstrates that they have a baseline set of knowledge.


Once hired, certified IT professionals get up to speed more quickly, are more likely to stay with the company long term, have a higher likelihood of being promoted and generally perform better than non-certified IT staff.


About Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU)

The Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) is amongst Malaysia’s Premier Private Universities, and is where a unique fusion of technology, innovation and creativity works effectively towards preparing graduates for significant roles in business and society globally. APU has earned an enviable reputation as an award-winning University through its achievements in winning a host of prestigious awards at national and international levels, as well as an excellent track record in producing highly employable graduates who are able to immediately contribute to industry upon graduation. To learn more, visit


About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. To learn more, visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter