DWC students caught in .NET

Dubai Women’s College has launched the first .NET club for students in the UAE, working with Microsoft to provide access to development tools.

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By  Eliot Beer Published  May 21, 2006

Dubai Women’s College (DWC) has launched the first .NET club for students in the UAE, working with Microsoft to provide access to development tools. “The establishment of this .NET club enables our students to take the initiative to connect with the IT industry and to gain experience from it, to collaborate with their peers on IT projects, and to develop their knowledge and expertise of software to enhance their career prospects,” said Dr Howard Reed, director of DWC. The club is aimed at boosting the knowledge and experience of students in .NET programming by giving them access to software development tools and material through the Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance, such as operating systems, server software, documentation and technical references. According to the software giant, membership of the club will also allow students access to internships, summer training, and invitations to attend Microsoft Developer events, both in the region and elsewhere in the world. .NET club members will also be able to enter the Microsoft Imagine Cup competition for young software developers. The club will be run by a committee of students advised by a number of DWC professors. Microsoft will also provide visits to MS offices and visiting speakers to support the club. “We are very pleased to be able to announce the formation of the first .NET club in the UAE with Dubai Women’s College,” said Vimal Sethi, developer and platform group manager at Microsoft Gulf. “The .NET club programme is intended to close the gap between academia and the IT industry, by giving students the means to build links with the industry and to gain real experience of how the industry works. “By empowering the students to run the club themselves, for their benefit, it also creates a community among the students to enable them to develop their own interest in technology, and to develop as people as well.” This news comes only a few weeks after Microsoft held its first Developer Forum in the Middle East, in Dubai. Sethi, who is the first dedicated developer manager for the region, says the firm is now focusing on building the support base for developers in the Gulf.

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