Microsoft IT Academy program, which is run in Malaysia through partnership between the Ministry of Higher Education and local IT training companies, is set to expand to cover more tertiary institutions.
The academy is part of the industrial certification program that offers Microsoft professional certification to students in universities and colleges.
The Malaysia academy was launched in early 2006 as an effort to expose the participants with the relevant technology and help the graduates meeting the employment demands.
Some of the current participating higher learning institutions are Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO).
With the new expansion plan, more than 20 tertiary institutions will be able to enjoy the program and offer it to their students.
The Microsoft IT Academy is part of the company’s global Partners in Learning initiative which is currently available in more than 100 countries worldwide, covering America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and Middle East. Through the program, a number of certifications are made available for participants to choose such as IT Pro Platinum, Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).
Through the program, students will be taught and train on skills that will be handful for them in the working and employment world, based on Microsoft technology and development.