Microsoft Malaysia in collaboration with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has initiated an accelerator programme, Microsoft Malaysia Student Accelerator 2020 (MMSA). The programme is aimed at equipping university graduates with digital skills and employability enhancement.
The programme led by the Women at Microsoft in conjunction with upcoming International Women’s Day (IWD) is a six-month industry training which comprises weekly learning sessions and industry scenario-based group projects.
Each session involved guests from the industry to provide participants with real insight into various technologies, and how they can be applied to solve problems.
Vice President, Digital Skills and Jobs Division at MDEC, Sumitra Nair said, “Our partnership with the Women at Microsoft team through MMSA exemplifies how technology is an equalising force and Malaysians can level the playing field between genders as more and more women join the tech industry.”
Notably, 75 students from eight universities have completed the session with 37 students signing up for industry placement application.
“MMSA has not only showed me what working in the tech industry looks like, but also challenged me intellectually and innovatively whilst testing my discipline in balancing schoolwork with MMSA coursework,” Wong Xin Yi, one of the participants from Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) said.
“Through the mentorship and guidance provided by the team, I am so excited to receive a job offer from InFront Consulting Group as a part-time Python web developer! MMSA was a great experience which I’m truly grateful for. I now have a clear vision of myself after graduation and the woman I’m becoming,” she added.
Meanwhile, Mei Yan Tan, Technology Strategist at Microsoft Malaysia said, “I look at this as a win-win situation for both parties. Students can learn in-demand skills while participating companies can access a pool of skills-ready fresh graduates.