Posted on April 14, 2011

Microsoft Qatar, part of Qatar Science and Technology Park, has linked up with Qatar’s Supreme Education Council (SEC) to host an event showing private schools in Qatar the kind of Microsoft technology is available to them to further what they offer their pupils.

The event, coordinated with SEC, the body which shapes Qatar’s education policy and is integral to implementing all education reforms, has showcased the many varied solutions and technologies that are available to private schools. The event highlighted the kind of benefits that schools, and most importantly the pupils, will gain from Microsoft’s cutting edge technology, with the products and initiatives improving and supporting the pupils’ daily education. Attendees of the event discovered more about Qatar’s vision for education, in addition to learning about Microsoft’s initiatives like Partners in Learning and the Shape the Future Program.

Commenting on Microsoft’s dedication to education, Mohammad Hammoudi, Country Manager, Microsoft Qatar said: “At Microsoft we see education as being paramount in laying foundations for future social and economic stability of countries, as well as being a basic human right. Therefore events like this highlight the kind of initiatives Microsoft has developed, and how we can work closely with governments to improve and develop education, contributing to a secure future. Moreover, events like these showcase how technology can expand the power of education and unlock the potential of students, educators and schools.”

According to Nabil Nusheibeh, General Manager, Ebla Computer Consultancy, “In partnership with Microsoft Qatar, Ebla is committed to bringing the latest educational technology solutions to deliver exciting learning experiences for students across the country and transform education so that students get the skills they need to succeed in a competitive environment.”

Microsoft also staged several demos at the event for improving operational efficiencies, such as Microsoft Learning Gateway, Cloud Services and Windows Multi Point Server, in addition to showcasing products like Kinect, which can play a part in innovation and creativity in education. The event was also an opportunity to provide a hands-on experience of Microsoft’s vision for education.

Speakers attending the event from Microsoft included Ahmed Ameen Ashour, Education Solutions Specialist Microsoft Gulf; Yves Khalil, Academic Area Lead Microsoft Gulf; Tatiana Alexeev, Academic Program Manager Microsoft Gulf; Lana Khalaf, Education Sector Manager Microsoft Qatar; and Mamoun Bishtawi, Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners Lead, Microsoft Qatar. Each speaker delivered information about their areas of expertise, contributing to the fully immersive sessions with detailed insights and information on implementation of initiatives for schools, in addition to demonstrating Microsoft technology first-hand.