Bill Gates Officially Opens Microsoft Knowledge Capital Centre
Sept. 13, 2000
MKCC and MMU partnership reinforces commitment to MSC.

Bill Gates Officially Opens Microsoft Knowledge Capital Centre

MKCC and MMU partnership reinforces commitment to MSC

CYBERJAYA, Malaysia, Sept. 13, 2000 — Microsoft Corporation Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Bill Gates, opened the new office of Microsoft Knowledge Capital Centre Sdn Bhd (MKCC), the MSC-status company of Microsoft Corporation. The opening of MKCC marked a milestone for Microsoft, as the company celebrates its 25 th anniversary this year.

MKCC represents Microsoft's commitment to work with government and local industry to build a pool of local software developers and knowledge workers to meet the challenges of Malaysia's new economy.

" As a software developer myself, I'm particularly excited at the potential of Microsoft Knowledge Capital Centre.

"Microsoft Knowledge Capital Centre represents a significant commitment from Microsoft because it reinforces our partnership with local industry to develop, transfer skills and knowledge to cultivate a large pool of knowledge workers, software developers and IT professionals that will drive the knowledge economy from the MSC," said Gates.

According to Gates, Malaysia took a bold step with the implementation of the MSC four years ago to propel the country into the information age. The move to Cyberjaya is a further indication that Microsoft clearly supports the Malaysian government's vision.

Beyond building the software developer community, MKCC will also provide value-added training and services to local software companies in order to help them commercialise and market their applications in Malaysia and globally.

MKCC implements on-going programmes for developers and IT professionals, including seminars and conferences, through the year. These programmes span the cradle-to-market cycle, and includes consultancy services on product packaging, testing, commercialisation and distribution processes.

To further demonstrate the company's commitment, MKCC and Multimedia University (MMU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which MKCC will sponsor training and development facilities and programmes, valued at RM10 million over the next five years. For the first phase of the partnership , MKCC will invest approximately RM2.5 million in the sponsorship.

The sponsorship includes: one Windows DNA lab; one software engineering lab; scholarships for outstanding software engineering students; 'Skills 2000' initiative under Microsoft's Academic Authorised Training Programme; and consultations with visiting technology experts through specially organised lectures.

"Building a pool of software developers to meet the needs of Malaysia's digital economy starts with education. We need to accelerate the transfer of skills and knowledge to students and teachers, so that they can enhance their core competencies for today's Internet economy," said Gates.

Since its inception, MKCC has reached more than 6,000 software developers and IT professionals through various fora. MKCC has also helped local companies to showcase their solutions and applications in foreign markets.

Participating in the official opening of MKCC was Tan Sri Dato' Dr Othman Yeop Abdullah, Executive Chairman, Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn Bhd. Tan Sri Othman also witnessed the MoU signing ceremony between Microsoft and MMU.

Signing on behalf of MMU was its President, Dr Ghauth Jasmon, with Professor Lee Poh Aun, Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology, acting as witness. Gates signed on behalf of Microsoft, witnessed by Butt Wai Choon, Managing Director, Microsoft Malaysia.

About Microsoft Knowledge Capital Centre

Microsoft Knowledge Capital Centre Sdn Bhd (MKCC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, is a resource centre providing end-to-end services for software developers, independent software vendors (ISVs), and Malaysian businesses. The MKCC comprises three main functions -- Developer Programs, Technology Deployment and Business Application Scenarios.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation and was incorporated on July 8, 1992.

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