If national schools are where foundations are laid, institutes of higher learning are where these foundations are molded into industry-ready skills. This is the basis behind the launch of the Tech Talent @Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) initiative.

To ensure that future graduates are able to meet the nation’s digital economy demands, the Ministry of Education and MDEC designated 11 universities and five polytechnics as Premier Digital Tech Institutions. These academic institutions are capable of providing students with first-class theoretical and practical training, giving them a head start in the digital ecosystem.

Key Strategies

Nurturing graduates with marketable skills upon graduation is a key part of our Tech Talent @Institutes of Higher Learning initiative. As such, we’ve came up with two key strategies that’ll help us achieve our goals:

  1. Work in tandem with the Ministry of Education to designated Premier Digital Tech Institutions as preferred Institutes of Higher Learning when it comes to digital technology and IT courses for tertiary education.
  2. Drive collaborations with industry leaders through Project PRIDE (Platform for Real Industry Driven Project Exchange)


Premier Digital Tech Universities and Preferred Digital Tech Polytechnics (PDTIs) are Malaysia’s leading digital tech-focused tertiary institutions. The PDTIs have a proven track record in producing high quality graduates for digital tech-based high value jobs, via cutting-edge research and education policies, strong industry linkages, and career development and placement services.

Borne out of a collaboration between MDEC, the Ministry of Education Malaysia and industry leaders, the PDTIs deliver end-to-end solutions to ensure that future graduates are propelled into becoming dynamic members of an innovation-driven and knowledge-powered Malaysia.


Looking to be a future tech talent? Here are the pathways that you can explore.


(Science – Information & Communications Technology)


(Computer Science Modules)

Foundation (IT/Computing)

@Premier Digital Tech Private Institutions

Asasi (IT/Science)

@Premier Digital Tech Institutions

Diploma in Digital Tech Related Courses

@Premier Digital Tech Institutions

Degree in Digital Tech Related Courses

@Premier Digital Tech Institutions
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Project PRIDE

Talent is one of the most vital components of a robust digital ecosystem. In order to create the right talents, collaboration between industry, academia and government is essential. Project PRIDE is one of the initiatives that was birthed from this collaborative effort.

The Platform for Real Industry Driven Project Exchange (PRIDE) provides a structured engagement platform for industry players to collaborate with Premier Digital Tech Institutions and to be more actively involved in the nurturing and development of industry-ready tech talents from the tertiary education level. Here is what PRIDE offers:

  • Strategic Collaboration

    Project PRIDE offers strategic and specific collaborations that enable faculty members and undergraduates to acquire industry knowledge and skills
  • Centre of Excellence

    Project PRIDE helps establish and/or enhance industry-grade teaching and training facilities at Institutes of High Learning
  • Internship & Employment

    Project PRIDE provides students with internship and employment opportunities
  • Final Year Project & Industry Speakers

    Project PRIDE provides case studies, mentors and judges to assess a student’s final year projects. PRIDE also facilitates speeches presented by industry leaders
  • Digital Ninjas

    Project PRIDE provides MDEC’s Digital Ninjas with internship opportunities


Join PRIDE today to get the edge you need to surpass the competition