CelcomDigi and VIRNECT sign MoU to develop experiential industrial Metaverse learning and education

Press Release
September 8, 2023

PETALING JAYA, 8 September 2023 – CelcomDigi Berhad (CelcomDigi) and VIRNECT (438700: KOSDAQ), a Korea-based technology company that specialises in the development and commercialisation of industrial extended reality (XR) solutions, have sealed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the development of experiential learning and education using Metaverse, for multiple Malaysian universities.  

Under the MoU, both organisations will collaborate for the co-creation of industrial virtual learning programmes that are reimagined using metaverse and AI-based solutions. Utilising the Metaverse platform across various learning segments, students will be trained with an immersive learning and education method that will potentially benefit enterprises such as cybersecurity, healthcare, robotics, as well as oil and gas engineering.

CelcomDigi via its Innovation Center aspires to build the nation’s most inspiring innovation ecosystem by teaming up with VIRNECT and XRA, VIRNECT’s local partner and support team in Malaysia, to deliver strategic initiatives leveraging from the capabilities of cutting-edge metaverse and AI-based technology solutions into higher learning institutions in Malaysia.  

The collaboration aims to produce industry-ready graduates who are skilled in metaverse applications, building Malaysia’s digitalised society through cutting edge solutions and technology. Local graduates will be enabled with the opportunity to harness the capabilities of Metaverse and transform beyond traditional knowledge and learning programmes, accelerating the development Malaysia’s future talents with AI-based digital growth.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at Westin Chosun Hotel on Sep 8, 2023, by Datuk Idham Nawawi, Chief Executive Officer of CelcomDigi Berhad, and Tim Ha, Chief Executive Officer of VIRNECT. The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Minister of Communications and Digital of Malaysia, YB Fahmi Fadzil.  

Commenting on the collaboration, CelcomDigi CEO Datuk Idham Nawawi said “We are committed to bring the best innovation that will greatly benefit the development of Malaysian industries by utilising the real values of 5G technology.  We are excited to collaborate with VIRNECT, an industrial leading XR technology expert, for the development and co-creation of experiential learning and education using Metaverse solutions. This strategic collaboration underscores our position of leveraging Metaverse, 5G and AI technology, to potentially establish innovative and productive digital solutions for Malaysian enterprises, spurring Malaysia’s digital ecosystem into a new era of digital leadership.”

Tim Ha, CEO of VIRNECT, celebrated the collaboration: "We are immensely grateful to have partners like CelcomDigi and XRA who share our passion for advancing technology to enhance how organisations work, learn, and communicate," he expressed. “South Korea’s leading industrial company has leveraged XR technology to enhance data understanding and collaboration. As a global trendsetter, their success sets the stage for similar advancements in Malaysia, promising increased productivity and innovation across industries.”