RM1 million scholarship fund set up by Next AcademyJanuary 05, 2017
In today’s world, where everything can now be done online, programming has emerged as one of the most in demand skills looked for in students, to keep up with the relentless advancements that occupy the digital world. As such, Next Academy, a coding school in Malaysia, has set up a RM1 million ‘Next Foundation’ scholarship fund to help underprivileged youths achieve their dreams.
The fully funded scholarship is set to benefit around 100 students with a focus on iOS mobile development, as iOS developers enjoy better employment prospects. Next Academy was founded by self-taught programmer and bootcamp graduate, Josh Teng. NEXT Academy partnered with the Malaysian government agency, Malaysian Global Innovation & Creative Centre (MaGIC) in 2014 – jointly officiated by US President Obama, Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak and Founding CEO Cheryl Yeoh.
The 9-week coding bootcamp meets full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays. Around twenty students are accepted each month. More than 150 students have graduated from NEXT Academy and are employed with some of the biggest start-ups in the region including GrabTaxi, KFIT, Mindvalley, RevAsia, BusinessInsider, Says and more. Ninety-nine percent (99%) of all graduates have either started their own start-ups or joined a company as a coder, marketer, or designer.
To qualify for the Next Foundation Scholarship, a student would need to meet the following requirements:
- 18 years old and above
- Recently graduated or graduating soon
- Majored in Computer Science or Math or Computer/Electrical Engineering or equivalent
- Have a genuine interest to work as a software developer after the course
- Malaysian citizen or legal permanent residents only
- Household income less than RM6,000
If you would like to gain a better understanding of what coding and technology is all about, Next Academy will be having an open day at Jalan Damansara on January 14, 2017.
Finally, if you would like to learn more about the Next Academy, you can visit their official website here.