The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Microsoft in Pakistan have renewed the Education Transformation Agreement (ETA). The two organizations have partnered again to enable positive changes in the learning outcomes of students nationwide. The collaboration is reinventing the education landscape, which faces many challenges, especially in post-pandemic recovery. Under the aegis of this academic alliance, Microsoft and HEC will provide a number of services to all higher education institutions by leveraging new technologies to make learning inclusive, personalized and student-centered by mixing rooms. remote and physical classrooms.
This ETA will provide universities with knowledge transfer workshops and training on trending Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Azure. So far during the pandemic, more than 150 universities and over 500,000 students have enjoyed effective learning, all in one place, which has brought students, faculty, educators and staff together , work together, create content, and share resources in Office 365 Education – featuring the simple and intuitive power of Microsoft Teams.
One of the flagship programs of this agreement is Imagine Cup, a global technology competition for students organized by Microsoft with local support from the Higher Education Commission. It provides an opportunity for aspiring student technologists, developers and entrepreneurs from all academic backgrounds to collaborate, develop a technology application and bring their passion to life while gaining a perspective of what is needed to bring a concept to market. . In Imagine Cup, the brightest young minds join together to illustrate the power of student innovation. Each year, a Pakistani team is chosen to compete against the best from around the world, for a chance to win $ 100,000 USD and a mentoring session with the Microsoft leadership team. This year, Imagine Cup is back online and students can register at https://imaginecup.com/Pakistan.
âOur long-term partnership with Microsoft allows students to use their creativity to solve real societal problems using modern technology. Microsoft has been very helpful in nurturing creative minds through Imagine Cup contests, so many participants practically implement their ideas in successful startups and turn them into businesses. It is a proud moment for HEC that our talent is exhibited at global events and brings laurels to Pakistan, âsaid HEC Managing Director IT Nazeer Hussain.
The National Education Officer for Microsoft Pakistan, Mr. Jibran Jamshed, expressed his view: âWe know that technology is a key to fuel economic development, increase the competitiveness of the workforce, transitions to a knowledge-based economy and help stimulate job creation. The most important use of technology is to improve education and yet in many countries around the world we have yet to witness the digital transformation of education. Change requires strong partnerships and trust. Under the visionary leadership of HEC, the goal of this ETA is to keep pace with the rapid pace of innovation and design classrooms that promote reform and inspire students to achieve a plethora of success.