An education alliance agreement has been made between Microsoft and the Higher Education Commission (HEC). The announcement was made on October 11, 2010 where Microsoft mentioned that they believe that Information and Communications Technology (ICT), combined with education, provides the path to individuals, communities and nations to achieve their potential. To achieve these objectives in Pakistan, Microsoft has entered into an Education Alliance Agreement with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.
In essence, the Education Alliance Agreement between Microsoft and HEC will provide centralised IT services to HEC-approved universities across Pakistan while maintaining the highest standards in the use of Information Technology within the ambit of education in Pakistan. A key objective of the Agreement is to establish the basis of a long term, on-going partnership that will also allow for regular review and measurement to ensure that all undertakings of Microsoft within the educational programmes remain aligned to the long term. Since a strong technology infrastructure serves to make communities more appealing to local, regional and global businesses and investors, deployment of technology access under the education alliance will help bolster Pakistan's economic growth and global linkage.