Microsoft's education series kicks off at HCT

Dubai Women's College, part of the UAE's Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) has just hosted Microsoft's first Microsoft Open Door Education Series.

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By  Robin Duff Published  October 5, 2000

The Dubai Women’s College, a part of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), hosted the first of the Microsoft Open Door Education Series yesterday, a seminar designed to highlight the importance of IT skills to Gulf-based students.

Open Door Education is an offshoot of Microsoft GEM’s Open Door Series, now in its third year.

The seminar was used to update students on the latest Microsoft tools, student discount programmes, course material and available certifications, in addition to offering tips on technology careers, and the recruitment process.

“The critical importance of computer skills in every sphere of working life has been a core focus for Microsoft and we are delighted to share this vision of unifying technology with education with the HCT,” said Bahram Mohazzebi, general manager, Microsoft GEM. “Computer related skills have become an integral part of most job categories and we believe that in today’s digital age, early adoption of technology is crucial to every student’s career path.”

Dubai Women’s College is the largest college under the HCT umbrella, with 1900 students currently enrolled, and IT skills are a fundamental part of every facet of its curricula.

“If there is one community of the population which requires our support, it is the student community,” said HH Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, chancellor, HCT and minister for higher education. “As the torchbearers of the new economy, students have a responsibility to help bring business into a new era and it is our responsibility to teach them how.”

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