APU’s New Collaboration with the Department of Statistics Malaysia Marks a New Beginning for Data Analysis and Findings

APU’s partnership with the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) is changing the game for data mining and statistical research. Learn how.

Updated 16 Aug 2022

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Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) with the purpose of driving data mining, data analysis and data analytics training among academicians and students.

The agreement was signed by the Chief Statistician Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin, and the Vice-Chancellor of APU, Prof. Dr. Ho Chin Kuan, at APU’s campus in Bukit Jalil on 6 July 2022.

Through this MoU, DOSM and APU agreed to share new findings and data analysis results. In addition, it will also see collaboration in the areas of statistics research, knowledge exchange, and information supply, storage and exchange.

This collaboration is beneficial for both parties as they’ll receive current information and data through the latest statistical techniques, the application of data science and analytics, as well as other innovative methods.

“For the aspiration of new knowledge, experience, expertise and research, this collaboration signifies a smart partnership between both parties. DOSM will provide selected micro datasets for research purposes and the development of new knowledge among the APU community,” Dato’ Sri Dr. Mohd Uzir Mahidin stated during his speech.

“Hopefully, the academics and students will make full use of this data to enhance their skills in data mining using a large-scale dataset and therefore improving analytical capability as well as evidence-based decision making,” he continued.

According to APU’s Chief Operating Officer Mr Gurpardeep Singh, APU has launched the first Big Data or Data Science postgraduate programme in Malaysia in 2015 and this is favourable with DOSM’s process of establishing the National Big Data Analytics and Data Processing Centre.

“As we understand, the biggest challenge for any analyst is about getting the right data, especially authorised data, and there is no other better source than DOSM. We are thrilled to establish this relationship with DOSM, as we think we can go beyond getting data and contribute to the creation of predictive analytics for our decision-making on institutional as well as national levels,” concluded Mr. Gurpardeep.


Also in attendance to witness the event were Puan Nazaria Baharudin, Deputy Chief Statistic (Technical Development & Social), DOSM; Encik Zuraidy Hj Zainal Abidin, Director, Malaysia Statistical Training Institute, DOSM; Dr. Hari Narayanan P. Ondiveeran, President, APU; Prof. Dr. Vinesh Thirichelvam, Chief Innovation and Enterprise Officer, APU; and staff from both institutions.

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