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Microsoft and Qtel to collaborate on mobile learning

Microsoft and the Qtel Group to work together on mobile e-learning projects for the Middle East

Microsoft and Qtel to collaborate on mobile learning
Marianne Röling, managing director, Mobile Industry Sales, Communications Sector, Microsoft and Dr Nasser Marafih, CEO, The Qtel Group.

Microsoft and the Qtel Group have announced a new partnership to promote mobile e-learning across Middle East.

The partnership will aim to support projects for mobile phone-based learning, using Windows phones and the Windows Live platform. Projects will target schools, universities and technical colleges, and will look at raising communications, collaboration, and access to online services and content.

The project will also aim to create a student developer community, to build more mobile apps.

Dr Nasser Marafih, CEO of the Qtel Group said: "Qtel will deploy all its experience to bring a strong element of mobility and connectivity to the experience of every student involved in these projects. Effectively, we will be working to make the mobile phone a key tool for education and development. We believe our work on this project will make a distinct contribution to the training and development of the next generation, as part of The Qtel Group 2020 vision. In particular, by working with teachers, students and the wider community, we will enrich the overall educational experience."

Marianne Röling, managing director, Mobile Industry Sales, Communications Sector, Microsoft, added: "Students face new opportunities and challenges as they prepare for the 21st-century work force. To be productive, effective, and competitive as they enter the working world, young people must learn to think both critically and creatively. They must also become proficient at finding and managing information, and working collaboratively with others using the latest technology.

"In response to these challenges, Microsoft and The Qtel Group will collaborate to extend the learning experiences beyond the confines of the classroom and into to the mobile world enabling anywhere and anytime learning. By incorporating these tools, we can create innovative learning opportunities, challenge students to unlock their creativity, and actively prepare them for the 21st-century work force and the world that lies ahead," she added.

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