Qatar Foundation partners with Microsoft for tech boost
Agreement sees Foundation get 90% discount on Microsoft software licenses
The Qatar Foundation and Microsoft have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to improve technology adoption and innovation in the country.
As part of the agreement, Qatar Foundation will receive a 90% discount on Microsoft software licenses, along with free online software training. Microsoft will also offer professional-level developer and design tools to students under its DreamSpark program.
Qatar Foundation focuses on three key strategic areas - education, science and research, and community development. The new MoU also means that academic institutions at ‘Education City' will be able to benefit from Microsoft's Live@edu - a cloud based service that provides students, staff and faculty with a collaborative communications platform.
"Microsoft is a valued partner to Qatar Foundation and we are glad to engage with them in realizing our vision in creating a knowledge-based society. Our users will continue to enjoy increased innovation thanks to the scale and resources this deal provides," said Sa'di Awienat, IT Director of Qatar Foundation.
"We value our relationship with Qatar Foundation and will continue to offer expert knowledge and tools that will help the education community be at the forefront. Education is the foundation of economic growth and in collaboration with educators, governments, and local partners. Microsoft is committed to providing access to technology, helping students acquire skills required to pursue their career and fueling local innovation," added Mohammad Hammoudi, country manager at Microsoft Qatar.