Microsoft is stepping up its efforts to tackle the tech skills gap by launching new partnerships with three UK universities - as well as two colleges in the US - to offer a number of programmes, including courses on AI, data science, cyber security, and computer science.
The move will see the London School of Economics and Political Science embed data science skills and knowledge into first-year students’ curriculum.
Meanwhile, Staffordshire University is delivering Microsoft courses across its student population, integrating modules as part of its “Staffordshire Award” employability programme.
Finally, the University of London is integrating the Microsoft Professional Programme in Data Science into its new MSc Data Science degree course.
In the US, Bellevue College is offering a blended and flex-learning model in AI, big data, data science and cybersecurity based on Microsoft courses, while Purdue University Global will grant credits toward a full degree when students complete Microsoft technical skills programs in areas like AI, cybersecurity, data science and more.
Microsoft general manager of 21st century jobs, skills and employability Karen Kocher said: "The incredible transformation we’re witnessing in the 21st century workplace calls out the need for organisations - governments, higher education institutions, employers, and the non-profit sector - to step up and tackle one of the fundamental challenges of our time: closing the skills gap by teaching, training and preparing workers for the jobs of tomorrow.
"This is a crucial part of our mission at Microsoft, and we are proud to join forces with these seminal, global learning institutions to help make good on that purpose."