Microsoft HEC Enter Education Agreement
KARACHI: Microsoft has entered into an Education Alliance Agreement with the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
An announcement on Monday said that Microsoft believes that Information and Communications Technology (ICT), combined with education, provides the path to individuals, communities and nations to achieve their potential.
A well educated population is vital to ensuring a successful future and that Microsoft also believes that harnessing the power of ICT to support innovation helps people think differently and solve problems in ways never before imagined, it added.
To achieve these objectives in Pakistan, Microsoft has entered into an Education Alliance Agreement with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.
In essence, the Education Alliance Agreement between Microsoft and HEC will provide centralised IT services to HEC-approved universities across Pakistan while maintaining the highest standards in the use of Information Technology within the ambit of education in Pakistan.
Commenting on this major development in the country’s higher education sector, Country Manager, Microsoft Pakistan, Kamal Ahmed, said, “This Education Alliance Agreement provides the framework for a comprehensive joint public/ private implementation plan that supports Pakistan’s objective of achieving education excellence. It is aligned to the key strategic aims of Transforming Education, Fostering Local Innovation and Enabling Jobs and Opportunities, and contains a selection of mutually agreed programmes and solutions that offer the tools and support to achieve the country’s overall vision pertaining to education.”
A key objective of the Agreement is to establish the basis of a long term, on-going partnership that will also allow for regular review and measurement to ensure that all undertakings of Microsoft within the educational programmes remain aligned to the long term.
Sharing his views on the Agreement, Executive Director of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Professor Dr. Sohail Naqvi, said “The Commission has entered into this joint partnership with Microsoft to promote the use of Information Technology in Pakistan’s higher education sector through powerful software tools and to improve the efficiency of the education system by attaining the best accepted standards at all higher education institutions in the country.”
Since a strong technology infrastructure serves to make communities more appealing to local, regional and global businesses and investors, deployment of technology access under the education alliance will help bolster Pakistan’s economic growth and global linkage.