42 (or Ecole 42), the famous coding school that was first founded in Paris, France, has found its way to Malaysia through a virtual launch by the Minister of Multimedia and Communication Dato & # 39; Saifuddin Abdullah.
Referred to here as 42 KL, it is the result of a partnership agreement between the Sunway Education Group and 42 and one of the first schools of its kind in Southeast Asia.
The key difference between 42 KL and other coding schools in Malaysia is the disruptive educational model, which primarily means that there are no tuition fees and no teachers or traditional classrooms.
Turn traditional education upside down
42 The KL system revolves around:
- Project-based learning that is not tied to time limits and enables them to learn skills such as time management and problem solving.
- Peer-to-peer learning where students validate each other's projects;
- And gamification, where progress is taken into account based on experience points achieved with the completion of each project.
How 42 in Paris can offer education for no tuition is because it is personally financed by the French entrepreneur and founder of the Xavier Niel school. Here it is funded by the Sunway Group.
The only requirement for students who want to apply is that they are over 18 years old.
No grades, GPA, recommendations, SPM test results, transcripts, etc. are requested upon registration.
From online test to employment
The registration process is fairly simple. 42 KL accepts 3,000 applicants who take a test first.
Of these, 450 would be selected to participate in a 4-week on-site boot camp called "The Pool" (or La Piscine, as it is called in France).
From there, 150 students will be selected to complete the first 7 levels for the core curriculum, which will take approximately 12 months.
After completing Level 7, you will work in the industry for 3-6 months and work with one of KL's 42 partner companies.
Anchor partner companies that students could work with include:
- Roland Berger,
Photo credit: 42 KL
After a period of 3 to 6 months, students are faced with the choice of finding employment or continuing their education by taking grades 8 to 21, which would take another 2 years.
42KL has now opened its doors for applications, and the first inclusion is expected for November 1, 2020.
Coding Malaysia's digital economy
According to Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, founder and chairman of Sunway Group, will play an important role in 42 KL laying the groundwork for Malaysia to become the leading digital economy in ASEAN.
During the launch, he said: “IR4.0 requires expertise that is aligned with the economy of the information age. The jobs of the future will combine human creativity with the precision of algorithms. "
As such, we need people not only with technical skills, but also with problem-solving skills. We need people who can work effectively in teams instead of working in individual silos.
Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah, founder and chairman of the Sunway Group
In his own speech, Dato & # 39; Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Multimedia and Communication, said: "We have to face new types of workplaces, environments and technologies. Education has to go hand in hand with such progress – that's why I assume that 42KL is moving in the right direction. "
"We currently have two groups of partners: anchor partners and community partners," said Matthew van Leeuwen, director of Sunway iLabs and group chief innovation officer at Sunway.
Anchor partners pay a sponsorship fee to the school, and in return, 42KL give them access to talent looking for industrial placement or direct recruitment.
On the other hand, community partners will be involved in various activities on campus, including: B. in extra-curricular discussions, hackathons and workshops.
- Find out more about 42 KL on their website.
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Selected image source: Sunway Group