100,000 Myanmar citizens to be trained and equipped with workforce-ready cloud technology skills

Infocomm technology (ICT) firm Myanma Computer Company invests $80,000 in Microsoft training content to educate and equip citizens with 21st century IT skills.

MYANMAR, June 13, 2014 – The Myanma Computer Company (MCC) today inked a strategic alliance with Microsoft that will see 100,000 people trained and equipped with workforce-ready IT skills over the next three years. Under the alliance, the MCC will offer new programs in cloud computing and other emerging technologies in association with Microsoft.

Myanmar’s potential to achieve unprecedented economic growth is anticipated to take place with the aid of technology enabling six key areas of its economy – government, education, healthcare, banking, retail and agriculture. Much of this change is set to happen with the aid of cloud computing. However, the transformation is set to bring to the fore the issue of a distinct IT skills gap faced by the country. According to IDC, cloud-related IT jobs will grow at a rate of 32% per year to more than 2.3 million jobs in Asia Pacific by the end of 2015 but the region’s populace lacks the latest IT skills to address the demands of today’s cloud-enabled society.

“This initiative will allow our students to explore next generation opportunities in the fields of cloud computing, cloud services, and apps development,” said Group CEO of MCC Group Cindy Chaw Khin Khin. “We want to ensure that our people are equipped with the right skills to stay relevant and needed in the current and future workforce. This partnership with Microsoft will help make that a reality.”

For César Cernuda, President of Microsoft Asia Pacific, there is no better time for countries to work towards upgrading their workforce.

“The Asia Pacific region is growing at an exponential rate and has the technological capabilities to be a global leader in innovation within the next decade,” he said. “Microsoft is committed towards helping countries prepare for this paradigm shift, especially upcoming economies like Myanmar. By providing development opportunities for its citizens and equipping them with the right skills, we are helping them maximize the many new opportunities that will come up in the region.”

Microsoft’s training content will be incorporated into the MCC Training Institute’s programs, including those that aren’t entirely computing-related. Students from retail and other academic fields and students studying in 170 MCC Centres countrywide can enrol for the new courses and be awarded up to 3 certificates of varying expertise. They are, in ascending order: Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE). MCC aims to have its students industry-ready and achieve global employability by complementing its existing curriculum with Microsoft certifications.

“Whether you’re in the public sector or private sector such as finance, retail, or education, there will be a high demand for modern IT skills across all sectors in the future,” said Tin Win Aung, Chairman of MCC Group. “With the international recognition of Microsoft’s training and certificates, we look towards developing cloud-ready professionals and making Myanmar a more competitive player within the global economy.”

Microsoft works with local partner Knowledge Centricity to bring IT products and services into the country. Through Microsoft’s Partner Network, Knowledge Centricity is equipped with sales and marketing tools, training, licensing, and support to bring Microsoft technologies and services to the local market.

The MCC is Microsoft’s only Gold Learning Partner in Myanmar.

About MCC Group
Myanma Computer Company Limited is a leading ICT Group in Myanmar founded since 1989. The Service provisions of the Group is mainly categorized into two areas.

The Education Services comprises of ICT Training for Basic ICT Foundation Courses to Under Graduate Degree Courses, Post Graduate Diploma Courses and Master Degree Programmes. The ICT Services comprises of ICT Planning and Consulting Services, Business Process Outsourcing, Software Development, Web Applications Development, Software as a Service, System Integration, and Outsourcing ICT Services.

MCC Group achieved the ISO9001:2008 Certification in the Provision of Education Services and in the Provision of ICT Services Certified by SGS and Accredited by UKAS.

Partners for MCC Education services include NCC Education, University of Greenwich, University of Hertfordshire from UK, Asian Institute of Technology, Siam University & Rangsit University from Thailand, Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA) from, Pearson, and Edexcel.

Partners for MCC ICT Services include Oracle, SAP, Microsoft, ESRI, Micros Fidelio and Open/Fiserv from US, Leo Tech Services Pte. and North Consulting Group from Singapore, Secure Metric and eProtea Finexus from Malaysia, and MFEC from Thailand.

About Microsoft
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