MDEC partners Coursera to digitally upskill Malaysian workforce as part of #mydigitalworkforce initiative
By Digital News Asia May 13, 2020
- Workers have unlimited access to 3,800 courses till 31 Dec 2020
- Includes Professional Certificates, designed to train people for high-demand jobs
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) announces that they’re in partnership with online learning platform Coursera to upskill Malaysians in the workforce. The partnership is part of MDEC’s ‘Let’s Learn Digital’ campaign launched under the #mydigitalworkforce initiative, which goal is to make Malaysians ready to work in an economy that is digitally dependent.
This is especially crucial during the COVID-19 movement control order (MCO) period, which is seeing increasing reliance on digital tools and technology. This all falls under MDEC’s role in promoting lifelong learning via e-learning resources, which is under the organisation’s three main pillars: digitally skilling Malaysians, digitally powering businesses and attracting digital investments.
“MDEC has been focusing on the development of future-proofing the workforce, understanding that the emerging economic landscape post-pandemic, is one that will heavily lean towards digitalisation,” says Dr Sumitra Nair, MDEC’s VP of Digital Talent Development.
“We want to present opportunities for Malaysians who aspire to be in digital roles, to upskill themselves with relevant digital skills, and to do so from global industry practitioners. We believe that this will help them be more marketable to employers or start their own business”
Unemployed workers in Malaysia will be able to obtain job-relevant online learning through the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative, which is available to any government entity.
Here, workers will have access to 3,800 courses on Coursera taught by leading university and industry educators, covering critical digital skills. The initiative also includes Professional Certificates that are designed specifically to train people for high-demand jobs. Workers will have unlimited access to the 3,800 courses until 31 December 2020.
The Professional Certificates available include Google IT Automation with Python, SAS Programmer and Intel Introduction to Deep Learning. The career paths which the available courses can prepare students for include Data Analyst, Cloud Architect and Software Developer.
“We are honored to partner with MDEC in their efforts to support Malaysians whose jobs and livelihoods have been impacted due to COVID-19,” says Coursera CEO Leah Belsky. “Our goal is to help Malaysians access courses that train in high-demand digital skills and in turn support a swift return to the workforce and new careers."
Registration for the Let’s Learn Digital Campaign is available at www.mdec.my/letslearndigital
All e-learning content MDEC has compiled for the benefit of all in Malaysia as part of its #DigitalVsCovid movement, can be accessed at https://mdec.my/digitalvscovid/.