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Microsoft launches its first Datacenter Academy in Singapore together with ITE

By Ken Wong - on 22 Nov 2022, 12:22pm

Microsoft launches its first Datacenter Academy in Singapore together with ITE

Lee Hui Li (Right), Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore and Low Khah Gek (Left), Chief Executive Officer of ITE with two students who are part of the work-study diploma program and currently working at our Microsoft Data Center. Image source: Microsoft.

Microsoft announced the launch of its first Datacenter Academy (DCA) in Asia. Located in Singapore and launched in partnership with ITE, it represents a five-year commitment to train some 300 ITE students and equip them with the relevant applied data centre skills.

The local DCA, which joins a global network of 12, draws on resources from Microsoft and ITE to bring students an applied program that connects education to a career in data centres.

Starting January 2023, ITE will offer DCA curriculum to students across all three ITE Colleges from the Work-Study Diploma programs in Data Centre Infrastructure and Operation, Mechanical and Electrical Services Supervision, and Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

At the Datacenter Lab situated in ITE College East, students will be able to practice and apply their technical knowledge through hands-on learning experiences in a real-world setting. They will be able to practice skills such as cable installations, data centre physical infrastructure management, parts replacement, physical hardware troubleshooting, and hardware and network diagnostics.

Microsoft employees will be on hand to provide support and mentorship guidance through regular engagement with DCA participants and graduates. This will give students workplace and career coaching from industry experts and provide them with an opportunity to strengthen interview and resume building skills.

Through ITE's Work Study Diploma program, Microsoft will offer scholarships to cover tuition costs for up to 20 ITE students who are keen on a future in the data centre industry. Upon completion of their academic program, selected scholars will receive an opportunity to interview for open data centre positions at Microsoft in Singapore.

ITE students can also train their AI skills through a similar industry partnership with NVIDIA.

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