42 KL campus to open by May 2020


(From left) Ducourant, Lee and van Leeuwen at the signing of the partnership agreement to open the first 42 campus in Malaysia.

SIX years after its creation in Paris, France and three years after opening a second campus in Silicon Valley in the United States, 42 reaffirms its ambition to train the best developers in the world.

Pursuing this goal, the pioneering school, open-to-all and tuition-free, trains thousands of students each year to meet the shortage of human resources in a sector with a strong future.

Sunway Education Group, one of the largest education conglomerates in Malaysia, recently signed a partnership agreement with 42 to open the first 42 campus in Malaysia.

Sunway Education Group was represented by its CEO Elizabeth Lee and its non-profit incubator and accelerator Sunway iLabs’ director Matt van Leeuwen. 42 was represented by its International Development director Olivier Ducourant.

The 42 campus in Malaysia will join the existing network consisting of 23 other partner campuses in the world.

“We are extremely excited about this partnership and are looking forward to open 42 KL as the first tuition-free training campus in the fields of computer coding, digital, software and telecommunication here in Sunway City by May 2020.

“With 42’s help, we can game-change the way we address the talent gap for tech development in the country.

“42’s vision and non-profit status is aligned with the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation’s, especially because it gives everyone an equal opportunity to learn,” said Lee.

van Leeuwen said the Malaysian digital economy has grown faster than Malaysia’s overall GDP growth, on average, 9% annually in value-added terms between 2010 to 2016; earmarking it as a source of expansion for the country.

However, he said an Economist’s Intelligence Unit study had identified Malaysia as one of the 10 cities in Asia that is facing digital talent shortages.

“There isn’t a better time to establish 42 KL – it will build the talent to support the country’s goal to be the preferred digital economy for investments and tech talent in the region,” he said.

He added that 42 KL will kick off as a public-private partnership between Sunway Education Group, Sunway Group and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). Sunway iLabs will seek to work with public and private institutions, start-ups, as well as small and medium enterprises to effectively solve their talent challenges with 42’s revolutionary pedagogy.

Congratulating Sunway Education Group on the partnership, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said this initiative is a game-changer in the vision to build a connected digital nation.

MDEC CEO Surina Shukri said the establishment of a 42 campus iis hugely significant to achieve the aspirations of putting Malaysia at the heart of digital Asean.

42 Network general manager Sophie Viger said the launch of its international network is a milestone in the history of 42.

“Since its creation, we are motivated by trying to create the best school in the world, and today, we are ready to tackle this challenge by duplicating the model that has met with worldwide success,” she said.

Created in 2013 by Xavier Niel, a successful French serial entrepreneur, 42 has now become an international reference for students and companies.

To train the best talents in computer programming, 42 gives everyone a chance. Entirely free, open to all, no prior diploma requirement, independent of origin, gender or age (minimum age is 18 years), 42 is also an innovating social lab engaged in building the society of tomorrow; a society that is more inclusive, caring, and supportive.

Without registration or tuition fees, selection of students is only done through talent and motivation and unfolds in several steps: after registration on the website, a first selection is done online via an aptitude test. After this test, the selected students participate in the “Piscine” or “Pool” for one month to complete computer projects. The best among them will be admitted to 42.

42 KL will use the same selection process as well as a common core and fundamental knowledge to train skillful developers.

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