Multimedia and Communications Minister Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah yesterday ushered in Sunway Education Group’s 42KL at a virtual launch, marking the opening of the forward-thinking coding school in Malaysia. The first 42 campus was launched in Paris, France while the second was established in Silicon Valley, USA. The Sunway City Kuala Lumpur campus is one of the first such campuses in Southeast Asia.
42 is a revolutionary coding school with a disruptive educational model as it has zero tuition fees, teachers and traditional classrooms. It is widely acknowledged as the first on the globe to offer peer-to-peer learning and is completely merit-based, with the only requirement being that students must be above 18 years old.
Focusing on project-based learning that emulates real-world work, the school encourages students to learn time management and build conceptual frameworks that can be applied to industry challenges and problem statements. This is via peer-to-peer learning where students are responsible for their own success and the whole programme is gamified, where progress is accounted for using experience points through the completion of each project.
Sunway Education Group CEO Dr Elizabeth Lee (left) and Sunway Group Chief Innovation Officer and Sunway iLabs Director Matt van Leeuwen at one of the Mac Labs in Sunway University
In a nutshell, 42KL will be situated within the FutureX building in Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, and will operate with 42’s innovative model in a collaboration among Sunway Education Group, Sunway iLabs and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC). Anchor partners that have signed up for now include Sunway Group, CIMB, Roland Berger, DHL, Huawei and Carsome.
“This is indeed a brilliant idea of coming up with a new methodology, a new system and a new approach to education. We are now facing a very fast-changing geopolitical advancement in the world, but nothing can challenge the advancement of technology,” said Dato’ Saifuddin. “Changes in technology are inevitable; we have to embrace them in a certain way to produce many benefits for all of us. We have to face new types of jobs, environments and technologies. Education has to move together with such advancements – that is why I take it that 42KL is moving in the right direction.”
Sunway Group Founder and Chairman Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah
Sunway Group Founder and Chairman Tan Sri Dr Jeffrey Cheah shared his sentiments at the launch as well, saying, “42KL will help lay the foundation for Malaysia to become the leading digital economy in ASEAN. The venture also testifies to our commitment to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations. We recognise that realising the SDGs is not the responsibility of governments alone. It requires the commitment of all segments of society – the private sector, academia, civil society; every single individual. The partnership among Sunway’s educational institutions, MDEC, industry players and Ecole 42 serves as an excellent example of this philosophy.”
Organisers of the 42KL launch. (Left to right) Dr Elizabeth Lee, Matt van Leeuwen and MDEC CEO Surina Shukri in a pre-recorded video for the launch gimmick of 42KL
MDEC CEO Surina Shukri meanwhile commented, “42KL is a welcome addition to our vibrant digital talent development eco-system as it will surely unearth more high potential Malaysian tech talents and groom them to become world-class developers and tech entrepreneurs. Malaysian talents have a great opportunity to make that digital leap with 42KL’s internationally-recognised educational approach and help make Malaysia the digital workforce hub in the region.”
More On The 42KL Application And Admission Processes
42KL is now open for applications for enrollment and its first intake is tentatively scheduled for 1 November 2020. There are no minimum entry requirements except for students to be aged 18 and above. All applicants will sit for an online test before 450 of them are selected to enter what 42KL called ‘The Pool’. For ‘The Pool’, the 450 students will undergo an on-site assessment for four weeks.
From here, the final 150 students will be chosen to embark on Levels 1 to 7 for the core curriculum stage, lasting approximately 12 months. After Level 7, the students will undergo an industry placement for three to six months with one of 42KL’s partner companies where the former can apply the skills they have developed during the core curriculum.
Thereafter, these students can choose to seek employment or return to the 42KL campus to continue their studies from Levels 8 to 21 – the specialisation stage lasting approximately another 24 months.
After Level 21, they will enter the workforce upon their graduation from 42KL. These 42KL graduates will be equipped with technology and soft skills, suitable for any industry.
Interested candidates can visit the 42KL website for enrollment and more information. 42KL is also welcoming more industry partners interested in developing and recruiting Malaysia’s top technology talents.