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Microsoft announces free online academy to boost Malaysian IT skills

AvantiKumar | Nov. 20, 2013
Malaysia's national ICT agency MDeC co-launches Microsoft's free online Virtual Academy.

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Photo - Carlos Lacerda, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia delivering his Welcome Address.


Malaysian ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation [MDeC] has co-launched Microsoft Virtual Academy [MVA], which would deliver free online training to enhance IT skills.

MVA, which is hosted on Azure, offers free online Microsoft training to help technologists with hundreds of courses in 11 countries, said Microsoft Malaysia managing director Carlos Lacerda, during the launch.

"Microsoft is committed to transforming Malaysia together by empowering developers, IT professionals and students with the tools and training needed through the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA)," said Lacerda. "We believe that technology - encountered through devices and services like cloud computing - empowers individuals and businesses with the tools needed to be efficient and productive for the activities they value most."

"The key to this are the often unseen, underrated and unsung IT Heroes - professionals and developers, who often provide the backbone to enable IT for their users. Microsoft understands their role and is committed to being their partner and to empower them in the great work that they do," he said.

"Our mission is to continue to help developers, knowledgeable IT professionals and advanced students learn the latest technology, build their skills, and advance their careers," said Microsoft Corporation platform strategy director, Tim Park.

"Developers and IT professionals alike can enhance their technical skills with more than 200 courses across 15 different technologies, including Windows Server 2012, Windows 8, HTML5, C# App Development, and other Microsoft technologies, and all this without costing anything to the IT professional," said Park.

"We're offering this free continual learning opportunities because at Microsoft, we believe that IT professionals play an important role not just for their respective companies, but also as an IT enabler for their customers," he said.


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Photo - (From left)  Dinesh Nair, Director of Developer and Platform Evangelism, Microsoft Malaysia; Tim Park, Platform Strategy Director, Microsoft Corporation; Wan Murdani Mohamad, Director, Digital Enablement Division, Multimedia Development Corporation; Carlos Lacerda, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia; and Muhammad Imran Kunalan Abdullah, Head of Talent Division, Multimedia Development Corporation.


 Certification through MyProCert

MDeC head of talent division Muhammad Imran Kunalan Abdullah said Microsoft's partnership with MDeC helped to create a path to certification and recognition of IT skills.

"We're proud to work together with Microsoft because we believe this partnership serves to develop a high value, knowledge driven human capital with 21st century skills that are practical and relevant to the local economy and industry needs," said Imran. "Microsoft provides the professional courses and we provide funding for working professionals aspiring to acquire professional certification in the ICT industry, through our MyProCert programme."

He said the MyProCert programme is a one-stop catalytic programme aimed at accelerating the upskilling of Malaysian professionals in efforts to support the national economic transformation into a knowledge driven, high value economy.

MyProCert is an incentive based programme for working professionals aspiring to acquire professional certification in ICT industry, which is divided into the following categories:

1. Strategic Reform Initiatives (SRI) is a partnership with Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU) to up-skill and upgrade Malaysian professionals: participants of the programme will receive a minimum reduction of up to 25 percent off the usual certification fees, while the government will reimburse between 25-30 percent of the total fees to the companies which sponsor their employees, and individuals who pass the required certification examination.

2. Data Centre (DC) - specifically designed for employees of MSC Malaysia data centre companies and provides a reimbursement of up to RM15,000 [US$4,706] per participant.


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