UAE ministry seals Microsoft deal
Dubai, March 10, 2014
The UAE Ministry of Education has signed a MoU with Microsoft to allow the country’s educational leaders key access to the latest editions of advanced technological teaching tools from the software giant.
It is aimed at enhancing the capabilities and skills of education professionals - teachers, principals and administrators - providing them with the proper training on how to use the latest in teaching tool technologies, which also help raise the efficiency of the country’s education segment.
The MoU was signed by Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qatami, Minister of Education, and Mark East, the general manager for education, Microsoft (EMEA and Asia) on the last day of the 7th Annual Global Education Forum (GEF) and the Gulf Education Supplies and Solutions Exhibition (GESS).
Also present at the signing were Marwah Al-Sawaleh, the assistant undersecretary, MoE; Fawzia Hassan Gharib, the assistant undersecretary for Educational Operations and other officials.
On the deal, Al Qatami said: "The ministry places strong attention to the development of strategic partnerships with leading institutions working in the field of educational technology. Our key aim is to create bridges with the world’s leading technologies—enabling our educational leaders straight access to modern educational management tools and advanced technologies."
The initiatives and programs will cover key points like the Microsoft Innovative Schools Program, which is aimed at encouraging change in learning and developing the educational process based on education methods of the 21st century.
Under this deal, Microsoft will also be releasing technical tools in Arabic language like the Microsoft Lab program ‘Kudo,’ which has been designed to help students explore and develop their own skills.-TradeArabia News Service