Alibaba Business School announces the establishment of the Global E-Commerce Talent (GET) Network, in collaboration with universities and training institutions from around the world. Focused on educating and equipping individuals with the skills needed for e-commerce success in the digital economy, the GET Network builds on Alibaba’s GET program to offer a full education ecosystem to network members.
The initiative was formalized in front of 1500 educators and government officials at a ceremony officiated by Yang Jun, Counsellor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PRC, Ms. Shen Yiqin, Governor of Guizhou Province, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, Secretary-General of ASEAN and Brian Wong, Vice President of Alibaba Group. It was launched under the auspices of the 11th annual China-ASEAN Education Cooperation Week, given the important inroads, it will help make in e-commerce education across the region.
The founding members of the network also came together to sign an Article of Authorization. In attendance were representatives from participating universities as well as Sophon Napathorn, Deputy Minister for Education, Thailand, Brian Wong of Alibaba Group, and Abdul Aziz How Abdullah, Counsellor, Embassy of Malaysia in Beijing, and other dignitaries.
In driving the initiative, Alibaba Business School gathered renowned universities and training institutes from across the region to jointly establish the network, which will develop high-quality courses, grow teaching platforms and train teachers to empower their educational institutions to participate in the construction of the future digital economy.
While the network is initially made up of institutions who have already taken part in the GET program, plans are in place to bring further members on board from across ASEAN and beyond in the future.
“Alibaba Business School is proud to be driving an initiative so vital to the future of the digital economy. Our mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere and the GET Network is a natural extension of that. We are committing to addressing the shortage of e-commerce talent in important markets and, by empowering educators around the world, we have created a platform for youth and SMEs to understand and learn how to succeed in this dynamic industry. We are excited to be working even more closely with our key education partners to help make this all possible,” said Brian Wong of Alibaba Group.
“As the first GET member in Asia, UTAR recognized and understood from the very beginning that this program could make a big difference for e-commerce businesses and talent in Malaysia,” said Choong Chee Keong, Vice President of Malaysia’s Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), a founding member of the GET Network. “GET has helped us enhance our offering to ensure students are receiving the most relevant, up-to-date courses and learnings for e-commerce and digital business success.”
Further, he added, “Given how dynamic the industry is and how quickly demands for new skills are emerging, this will be an ongoing process – particularly as Malaysia’s Digital Free Trade Zone continues to grow in importance. Today, we are excited to be taking the next step on that journey. The GET Network will bind us even more closely together with Alibaba Group and other forward-looking partners who understand the new e-commerce context.”
Network Members will Receive Access to:
- Advice and assistance in setting up a GET Start-up System Incubator
- GET Online Learning Platforms (including course materials and multimedia learning assets) and Simulation Platforms
- GET’s online community of experts
- Online and offline teacher training
- The chance to visit Alibaba’s headquarters
The network is an extension of Alibaba Business School’s GET Program, which was founded to bring awareness, innovation, and entrepreneurship to cross-border e-commerce through first-rate education and training. The GET Program aims to enable young entrepreneurs and SMEs to better compete in global markets.
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