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IKCEST – ISTIC Training Workshop on Big Data for Developing Countries

May 15 – 18, 2017

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Organized by

International Knowledge Centre for Engineering Sciences and Technology (IKCEST)


International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC)



Industry 4.0: Big Data

Industry 4.0 (sometimes referred to as the fourth industrial revolution) is basically the next stage in the digitization of the manufacturing sector. The three previous major shifts in manufacturing have been the 1970s lean revolution, outsourcing boom in the ‘90s and automation in the 2000s. Big data, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), human-machine interfaces and digital to physical transfer (3D printing) are all combining to form the fourth industrial revolution.

Many of these aspects are already in evidence for a lot of businesses but in the coming years look bound to become more prominent. Some will affect the whole supply chain or process while others will only impact a small part. Smart factories will be at the forefront of pushing Industry 4.0 through, making the use of such elements to improve cost-effectiveness and product quality.

In many developing countries, many professionals in government, in industry and serving nongovernmental organizations are challenged by the fast pace of technological change. Science and Technology is without doubt a strategic driver that contributes toward the shift from relatively lower end economic activities into high value added activities.

As such, professionals who understand the dynamics of science and technology within the context of economic and market development, are critical to help in designing blueprints and strategic implementation frameworks to lead strategic transformation within countries and organizations.

Day by day more data generated in this new age, how knowledge should be acquired, disseminated and then serve the humans is a new challenge. Mass data distributed across all social institutions feature different background, structures and constant growth. They are all there, but the professional in STI cannot make full use of them, due to the lack of interconnection among them. Big Data platform provides a potential solution to collect data resources, to integrate science and technology forces and to strengthen academic exchanges and collaboration to address this challenge.

With this in mind, ISTIC and IKCEST is committed in ensuring developing countries are not left behind in the pursuit of economic development impeded by the absence of a technological capability to harness new opportunities, that will generate income, jobs and revenue for countries, therefore the Big Data Application in engineering, science and technology provides a potential solution that can enhance/advance the decision making and problem solving in STI into higher level.



The main objective of training programme is to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to participants in the national level ICT related organization to support STI agenda through the establishment of systematic knowledge management with Big Data Technology Application.



What Will Participants Get from This Programme?

Participants in this programme will be actively involved in:

◆ Learning key principles related to Big Data Application and Knowledge Management

◆ Acquiring key competencies in:

Big Data infrastructures

    •    Big Data frameworks, bestpractices and programming language

    •    Technology Management Best Practices in establishing the Big Data system.

    •    Understanding the technology related to Big Data such as Map Reduce, Deep Learning, Deep Search, Knowledge Graph Population, Data Analytics etc.



The outcomes of the training programme are:

i) All participants will gain the necessary knowledge and experience on how to establish big data system for STI knowledge management strategies for their countries/organisation.

ii) The establishment of networking among and between participants from the various countries in the Developing Countries.

iii) Participants trained from the workshop can provide training and leadership on Big Data system formulation to other possible audience from their own countries.



About 10 participants from developing countries and 20 from Malaysia are expected to participate in this programme. The combination of participants from other developing countries and Malaysia will allow for exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences as well as opportunities for networking and collaboration.

International participants:

The organizer will bear the local cost (accommodation, food and related transportation within Malaysia). Participants are required to seek travel grant from their organizations to pay their travel expenses to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Local (Malaysian) participants:

The organiser willonlybear the meeting package(food and transportation for study visit).



The participants should possess the following criteria:

•    Those who have Bachelor’s Degree, Master or PhD in sciencerelated to ICT are preferred.

•    Have experienceor have been involved in the development and implementation of ICT policy in their home countries.

•    Participants who perform management functions in the middle and upper level of a government organization are preferred.

•    Participants must have good command of English, both in verbal and writing.

•    Participants must be in good health.



The training workshop will be held for 4 days at Seri Pacific Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 15-18, 2017.



The organizer of the training course will invite experienced experts and specialists from Zhejiang University and the research and platform development teams of IKCEST and also from MIMOS, Malaysia.

Upon completion of training workshop and the group project, participants will be awarded a certificate issued by ISTIC and IKCEST.



The training programme will be delivered by using the combinations of the following methods:

•    Series of lectures.

•    Group discussions and presentations.

•    Group activities.

•    Study visit to selected local organization(s).

The training workshop will be conducted in English.



Applicants are urged to use online application. The link of online application form can be accessed from the website www.istic-unesco.org

Online application form



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