Collaborating and innovating: JCU in Singapore and KPMG sign MOU
James Cook University in Singapore and KPMG in Singapore have agreed to collaborate on the development of cybersecurity and information technology degrees at the University.
James Cook University (JCU) in Singapore and KPMG in Singapore (KPMG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 5 February 2021 to expand their collaboration in developing the Bachelor of Cybersecurity, Bachelor of Information Technology (and Minors), and Master of Information Technology (and Majors).
The collaboration creates a cyber alliance, where KPMG is pivotal to teaching subjects under the bachelor’s degrees including cyber risk management, operational technology cyber, and cyber strategy. In addition to KPMG cyber professionals advising on the content development for cybersecurity subjects, the partnership entails joint research projects between the two teams.
In addition, the MOU will also provide the two organisations with the chance to explore further collaboration opportunities, including graduate hiring; career, training, and volunteer-related activities; internships and overseas industrial attachments; teaching and learning thought leadership engagement; book prizes.
Associate Professor Roberto Dillon, Academic Head of Science and Technology at James Cook University in Singapore, said, “Cybersecurity is as challenging as it is exciting and, thanks to this partnership with KPMG Singapore, we are confident we can deliver our students not only an academically rigorous program but also one that holds real industry value.”
Mr Daryl Pereira, Partner, Head of Cyber, Advisory, KPMG in Singapore, said, “According to the 2020 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey: COVID-19, the pandemic had amplified IT challenges due to the mass shift to remote working and digitalisation of business processes. With a massive rise in cyber-attacks, organisations realised the need to secure their digital assets and digital labour, making cybersecurity the most in-demand technology skill in the world.”
“We are pleased to join forces with JCU, where we aspire to nurture future-ready cyber professionals by imparting industry knowledge and sharing insights on the practical application of cybersecurity principles with them,” said Mr Pereira.
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