Microsoft partners up with higher education institutions to offer various skills programs

Neowin | April 11, 2019

Working toward the eradication of what is termed as the 'technical skills gap', in recent weeks, Microsoft has announced a couple of different plans in this regard. To start off, the tech giant launched a free, non-technical online course for students interested in comprehending business-specific problems through the use of AI. Then, earlier this month, the company teamed up with Open Classrooms to launch an AI-learning program for students. Today, Microsoft has revealed new partnerships with five U.K. and U.S.-based colleges and universities, including the Bellevue College and the University of London, among others. The Redmond giant will be offering a number of technical skills programs, with particular focus, again, on the need to address the growing skills and talent gap. These higher educational institutions will essentially be integrating the technical programs into their curricula, including courses on AI, Data Science, Cyber Security, and Computer Science. Not only will cost-effective educational choices be provided to students, but their skill set will be polished with the specific aim of helping them become well-trained professionals in technical fields that the job market increasingly requires in this day and age.

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