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Microsoft goes to Yemini University

The University of Science & Technology (UST), Yemen’s first private university, has signed three key agreements with Microsoft to bring the vendor’s products into the curriculum. The agreement also signs up the university to Microsoft’s IT Academy and MSDN Academic Alliance programmes.

The University of Science & Technology (UST), Yemen’s first private university, has signed three key agreements with Microsoft to bring the vendor’s products into the curriculum. The agreement also licenses all of UST’s desktop and server software and signs up the university to Microsoft’s IT Academy and MSDN Academic Alliance programmes.

“These agreements with Microsoft expand the scope of our ICT education programmes. By joining these programs, we will be able introduce the latest Microsoft technologies into the curriculum, providing students with the skills they need to enter the world of work,” says Professor Dawood Al Hidabi, president of UST.

The Academic Agreement, the first to be signed in Yemen, will ensure that all of the university’s software is correctly licensed, enabling the university to access Microsoft’s support programs and other benefits. Academic Agreements are licensing agreements that promise to reduce the costs of acquiring, upgrading, maintaining, and managing software for multiple computers in academic organisations says the software vendor.

As a Microsoft IT Academy, UST will be able to include Microsoft technologies in its IT curriculum, providing students with training and certification on the Windows platform.

UST is also the first establishment in Yemen to sign up for the IT Academy program, following the signing of a ‘Partners in Learning’ agreement between Microsoft and the Ministry of Education (MoE) in April this year. Under the agreement, Microsoft and the MoE plan to set up IT Academies across Yemen.

Through membership of the MSDN Academic Alliance Programme, part of the Microsoft Developer Network, the university will gain access to discounts on developer tools, software, support and online knowledge base. The MSDN Academic Alliance program is designed to encourage student developers to get to grips with the latest technologies adds Microsoft.

“We are pleased to be able to work with UST to bring the skills and the support to its students that will help them to realise their potential, and to take their place in Yemen’s growing ICT industry,” says Abdullah Lootah, public sector manager, Microsoft South Gulf.

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