Next Academy offers RM1mil programming scholarship fund

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  • Monday, 02 Jan 2017

Fully funded: The scholarship fund is set to benefit 100 underprivileged students in the field of computer programming. — Passion Portrait

Programming is one of the most sought after skills today as everything from mobile apps to PC software is built using codes such as Java, C++, C# and Objective-C.

The mastery of programming skills could equate to job opportunities for students in the future, with the availability of more jobs in the digital economy.

While further studies and continuous learning is always good for self-improvement, not everyone can afford to take up courses, such as programming, which could cost more than RM10,000.

With this in mind, Next Academy, a coding school in Malaysia, is reaching out to underprivileged students who wish to achieve their dreams with its RM1mil “Next Foundation” scholarship fund.

“2017 is our special year. We have always wanted to give back to the community. We want to be able to empower underprivileged students who are hungry and have the potential to excel in this field,” said Josh Teng, the co-founder and CEO of Next Academy.

“The economy is changing fast, job cycles are moving faster. These days, trends are hard to predict but one thing’s for sure, everyone is talking about being digital.”.

The fully funded scholarship is set to benefit around 100 students with a focus on iOS Mobile Development. “iOS developers do enjoy better employment prospects. We believe that it is a great starting point for most developers.”

Founded in 2014, Next Academy offers nine-week coding and digital bootcamps throughout the year and it claims to have trained almost 400 students to date in the field of computer programming.

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants have to be 18 years old and above, a Malaysian citizen or legal permanent residents, and come from a household, which has an income of less than RM6,000.

Also, a major in Computer Science, Math, Computer, Electrical Engineering or equivalent is a must.

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