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Putting the “E” in THRIVE: A New e-Learning Platform for Yayasan Sime Darby Scholars

The launch of the platform completes YSD THRIVE by fulfilling the e-learning element in the comprehensive scholars development programme.


Kuala Lumpur, 4 February 2021
- Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) announces the launch of its first e-learning platform, an initiative that expands its scholars’ horizons through lifelong learning in a post-COVID-19 world. This initiative further marks YSD’s commitment towards producing more quality and well-grounded graduates through developmental programmes which supplements their educational studies.

In August 2020, the foundation launched YSD THRIVE, a development programme for YSD Excellence scholars which offers tailored soft skills training (T), high-potential mentorship (H), resilient leadership through sharing sessions (R), industrial internships at Sime Darby companies (I) and volunteering opportunities (V). To fulfil the ‘E’ element in the programme, the foundation introduced the YSD e-Learning Platform which provides scholars with course information, lecture notes and other comprehensive learning activities which are all accessible online.

The Excellence scholars now numbering 49, will have the opportunity to enrol in over 5,000 courses on the largest global marketplace for learning and teaching online, Udemy. Specifically catered to prepare scholars for their future careers as Sime Darby leaders, these courses range from data science, finance and accounting, IT, leadership and management, project management, office productivity to personal development, and more – all taught by the world’s leading experts and industry practitioners.
Kuala Lumpur, 4 February 2021: Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) announces the launch of its first e-learning platform, an initiative that expands its scholars’ horizons through lifelong learning in a post-COVID-19 world. This initiative further marks YSD’s commitment towards producing more quality and well-grounded graduates through developmental programmes which supplements their educational studies.

In August 2020, the foundation launched YSD THRIVE, a development programme for YSD Excellence scholars which offers tailored soft skills training (T), high-potential mentorship (H), resilient leadership through sharing sessions (R), industrial internships at Sime Darby companies (I) and volunteering opportunities (V). To fulfil the ‘E’ element in the programme, the foundation introduced the YSD e-Learning Platform which provides scholars with course information, lecture notes and other comprehensive learning activities which are all accessible online.

The Excellence scholars now numbering 49, will have the opportunity to enrol in over 5,000 courses on the largest global marketplace for learning and teaching online, Udemy. Specifically catered to prepare scholars for their future careers as Sime Darby leaders, these courses range from data science, finance and accounting, IT, leadership and management, project management, office productivity to personal development, and more – all taught by the world’s leading experts and industry practitioners. 

YSD Chief Executive Officer Dr Hjh Yatela Zainal Abidin said, “The launch represents a significant milestone for us as we utilise the advancement of technology yet again to provide access to high-quality education for our scholars. This also demonstrates how YSD THRIVE provides a more comprehensive and wholesome learning experience during each student’s scholarship tenure.

“Making use of the e-learning platform at their own pace and completing other YSD THRIVE activities will also be able to boost the scholars’ confidence and prepare them for real-world challenges. It will also ensure that their competency levels are on par with the Sime Darby companies’ hiring requirements and their skills are relevant to practical industry needs,” she added.

As the foundation strives towards providing education assistance inclusively with a focus on the underprivileged, selected high-achieving YSD Bursary scholars are also given 12-month access to the platform every year. Making the most out of YSD e-Learning Platform will enhance their credentials and employability with the necessary knowledge and certifications encompassing both hard and soft skills.

Since its inception, YSD has awarded scholarships and bursaries worth RM301.5 million to young Malaysians, mostly from the middle to low-income families. YSD scholarship and bursary programmes are awarded to deserving outstanding young talents as well as students with different abilities, socioeconomic standings and academic inclinations. Those who are interested to apply for YSD scholarships and bursaries which will commence in March 2021, head on to www.yayasansimedarby.com.






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Last Updated:
08 Feb 2021
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