Posted on May 17, 2018

Qatar University (QU) and Microsoft Qatar yesterday signed a collaborative agreement to facilitate the efficient and effective use of information communications technology (ICT) to improve teaching and learning at QU.

The agreement was signed by QU VP for Administration and Financial Affairs Dr. Khalid Al-Khater and Microsoft Qatar Country Manager Ms. Lana Khalaf, in the presence of QU Information Technology Services (ITS) Department Director Dr. Salem Al Naemi and officials from both institutions. In the terms of the agreement, QU and Microsoft Qatar will collaborate on creating a professional development platform that will serve the needs of the education stakeholders in all QU departments. This platform shall serve as the single point of resource for all pedagogy- and technology-related recorded content, as well as igniting the desire to innovate through the use of technology in the day-to-day learning exercise.

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QU will promote legal use of software and will drive deployment of Office 365 for all educators and students, as well as awareness for academic pricing levels from Microsoft to institutions, educators, and students. Microsoft Qatar will provide QU with the best Licensing Agreement options given their unique needs, and with Office 365 access to all students and educators at no charge, as well as with Office Pro Plus benefits to all legally licensed institutions (EES, OVS-ES, and School Agreement). In addition, Microsoft Qatar will raise awareness and adoption of available O365 services for all students and teachers with an emphasis on those that drive educational outcomes, and will provide QU with awareness and access to technology roadmaps.

In his remarks, Dr Khalid Al-Khater said: “This agreement serves to strengthen our existing collaboration with Microsoft. It will also contribute to developing the programs and competencies at Qatar University. We look forward to achieving the goals of this agreement through our collaborative work and ongoing cooperation with Microsoft.”

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Ms. Lana Khalaf said: “Technology sits at the core of education, by empowering teachers and students to revolutionize the way we teach and learn in the digital era. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us and demands new approaches to learning, from mixed-reality solutions to hands-on lesson plans, thus providing students with rich, immersive and collaborative experiences - as we prepare them for the digital future. Qatar University is one of the leading institutions to realize this mission, and we are proud to partner with them in their journey to drive digital transformation in education to redefine learning - and drive social and economic growth in the country.”

QU Information Technology Services Digital Innovation Manager Dr. Seifeddine Bouallegue said: “This partnership is an important leap in our digital transformation journey as it will facilitate the implementation of our digitization strategy initiatives. I would like to thank the Education Team of Microsoft lead by Mr. Chady Haddad for their cooperation and efforts. In fact, we do share the same vision of a revolutionized education that will prepare Qatar University’s students for the upcoming challenges and we are aware of the efforts that have to be put in order to achieve it.”