Promoting STEM learning at all levels has been the driving philosophy behind TCS’ initiatives on the education front. TCS Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) is taking the same concept forward with its key STEM programs. The most notable is GoIT Girls, which targets girls studying in high school and offers them mentorship towards promising STEM careers.
Each year, this week-long program offers 100 young women a chance to learn from role models, sharpen their coding and technical skills, and challenge their perceptions of technology and occupational gender stereotypes. TCS ANZ also offers one-two-one mentoring in mathematics to students to further bolster their confidence.
TCS also partnered with the University of New South Wales Business School and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to provide 15 Australian students the opportunity to work at TCS Mumbai during their winter break. This program was organized as part of the Australian government's New Colombo Plan, which seeks to give young students a cross-cultural professional experience.
TCS’ Singapore team builds on the GoIT program structure to develop an academic interface program for student engagement. Under this three-day program, secondary school students learn about coding and the IT industry and visit TCS offices to gain some practical knowledge. Upon the completion of this program, the students participate in Launchpad, a one-month e-learning program developed by the TCS India team to teach secondary school students about C++ and Python.
But it’s not just youngsters that TCS is helping through its popular programs. Under the Project We Care Enrich program in Singapore, launched in collaboration with the People’s Association, TCS equips under-privileged persons with industrial skill sets to improve their quality of life. As part of the program, we have imparted key IT skills to over 500 people. TCS volunteers also facilitated smartphone learning sessions for over 400 senior Singapore residents and IT classes for 100 seniors through a collaboration with IMDA.
In Malaysia, TCS initiated the STEM program Hour of Code, as part of which volunteers teach primary school students in Kuala Lumpur the basics of coding in fun, simple ways. We have also partnered with the University of Kuala Lumpur to arrange a series of talks in the field of emerging technologies. TCS Hong Kong on the other hand conducts a mentoring program in association with the student union of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
On a similar note, TCS Macau runs a STEM academic tutoring program for the students of the School of Nations, where our associates help teach math, English, and science. Not very far away, TCS Japan has partnered with the Tokiwa Elementary School, where associates help improve the students’ English communication skills. TCS Japan employees also support a program that aims to improve the communication skills of children living in remote areas through IT.
Meanwhile, in the Philippines, TCS’ education programs focus on providing infrastructure and essential supplies to local public schools at the beginning of the academic year. In China, TCS has partnered with Tata Sons to participate in Project Library, which helps provide underprivileged children (and their schools) books and stationery. Another program in the country is TCS China University, which helps young adults give shape to their careers.
This course teaches student graduates skills such as how to work closely with a team of colleagues they have never met before, how to meet a pressing deadline, and how to navigate a job interview, among other things. The training for this program is done through close collaborations with 25 partner universities across several Chinese cities. Technical and soft skills training, internships, and on-the-job mentoring are also provided to university students. So far, this program has helped groom 1,135 students, with training sessions being conducted for 150 professors and teachers.