(Sacramento, CA, USA: October 11, 2011) The Linux Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification organization
(http://www.lpi.org), and its affiliate, LPI-Asia Pacific
(http://www.lpi-apac.org/) announced new LPI-Approved Academic Partners
in Malaysia: Faculty of Information Technology, Multimedia University
(MMU) and the Advanced Medical and Dental Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
"Malaysia has long been a leader in the adoption of Open Source
technology within their public sector and LPI is pleased to be part of
that effort. In particular, these two new LPI training partners from
Malaysia's leading academic institutions is indicative of the efforts of our affiliate in the region, LPI-APAC, to reach out to that country's IT training organizations," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of LPI. Mr. Lacey pointed out that LPI first announced a partnership program for Malaysia's IT training organizations in February (see:
Ibrahim Yusof of the MMU noted that Faculty of Information Technology chose to align with the LPI certification program so as to ensure that their students had the highest level of technical skills possible: "Linux is an important tool for every IT or Engineering graduate. Linux is popular in Malaysia, especially with developers and system administrators. Therefore, if you are LPI certified as Linux-proficient, your career choices are that much wider."
MMU is Malaysia’s first private university and since 1997 has produced
over 26,000 graduates. MMU is focused in the fields of Engineering,
Information Technology, Business and Management, Creative Multimedia,
Accounting, Law, Medical IT and Bio-Informatics. The Faculty of
Information Technology (FIST) at Melaka (http://fist.mmu.edu.my) and the Faculty of Information Technology (FIT) at Cyberjaya
(http://fit.mmu.edu.my) will be providing Linux training courses towards the LPI certification program.
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) through the Advanced Medical and
Dental Institute (AMDI: http://www.amdi.usm.edu.my/) also offers training programs towards all three
levels of LPI certification (LPIC-1, LPIC-2 and LPIC-3). USM was
established in 1969 and has offered courses at the undergraduate and
postgraduate levels to approximately 20,000 students. Prof. Tan Sri
Dato’ Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, the Vice-Chancellor of USM noted the
growing importance of Open Source Software in Malaysia as one of the
reasons that the USM adopted an LPI training program: "“Open source
means that anyone can and has the right to obtain access to the
technology. It is not commodity-based and is not just accessible to
those who can afford it. This means that we can share any technologies
that have been developed for the people and everyone has the same rights to use the technology."
Other LPI training partners in Malaysia include LPI Approved Training
Parter (LPI-ATP) CBT-TECHNOLOGY.COM (http://www.cbt-technology.com/) and LPI-ATP Asia Talk (http://www.asiatalk.com.my/).
For more information on LPI's training partner program please see:
The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT
industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government
entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is
supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is
distributed worldwide in multiple languages at more than 7,000 testing
locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 290,000 exams and 95,000
LPIC certifications around the world.
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About the Linux Professional Institute:
The Linux Professional Institute provides a global framework, industry
leadership and other services to enhance, develop and further lifelong
professional careers in Linux and Open Source technologies. Established
as an international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the
Linux community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to
demonstrate recognized global leadership, direction and skill standards
for those who pursue a career in Linux and Open Source technology. LPI
advances the Linux and Open Source movement through strategic partners,
sponsorships, innovative programs and community development activities.
LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.