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Microsoft and HCT sign Education Alliance Agreement

Deal will establish Microsoft Learning Centre at Higher Colleges of Technology

Microsoft and HCT sign Education Alliance Agreement
(l-r) Walid Abu-Hadba, Corporate Vice President, Developer & Platform Evangelism Group, Microsoft, Dr.Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, Samer Abu-Ltaif, Regional General Manager, Microsoft Gulf.

Microsoft and the UAE's Higher Colleges of Technology have signed an agreement to establish the first Microsoft Learning Centre in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Under the Education Alliance Agreement, the centre will be established at the HCT, to provide a resource centre and laboratory for faculty and students to use Microsoft products such as Windows Phone 7, Windows Azure, and Kinect.

Dr Tayeb Kamali, vice chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology said: "We are committed to providing a world-class educational experience for our students as they prepare to enter a competitive knowledge-based economy as graduates.

"This partnership between HCT and Microsoft is strategically positioned to open up new avenues of collaboration and efficiencies for our many stakeholders - faculty, students, and administrators - so that we can further develop our emphasis on innovation in education, ensuring our students will have the skills of teamwork, adaptability, global awareness, technology and analytical thinking to make important contributions to our nation." he added.

"By working closely with Microsoft on establishing this Learning Center, the Higher Colleges of Technology will also contribute to advances in cloud computing, as well as to the highly dynamic industry of games for learning though the Kinect technology. It is therefore enhancing its reputation as an ideal choice for UAE employers seeking well-educated and well-prepared graduates," Dr Kamali said.

Samer Abu-Ltaif, regional general manager, Microsoft Gulf commented: "Microsoft has made a long-term commitment to working with the government, teachers and students in UAE to expand the world of learning through technology. Microsoft has over two decades of experience working with education institutions worldwide and developing innovative education products and solutions. We will leverage this expertise in these pioneering joint efforts to create exceptional educational experiences for students and teachers across the Higher Colleges of Technology."

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