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Corporate News – February 2010

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Microsoft Kuwait partners with Kuwait Ministry of Education

Recently, partnership took place between Kuwait Ministry of Education and Microsoft as part of the Partners in Learning Initiative under which, the Ministry of Education will receive technology training, tailored curriculum development, access to the latest technologies and the ability to empower schools to raise the levels of ICT literacy. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the Undersecretary of the Kuwait Ministry of Education, Tamather Al Sidirawi, and Country Manager, Microsoft Kuwait Ehab Mostafa. Also the initiative is to enable innovative teaching with the aim of bridging the digital divide. 

Wipro conducts all-India online test successfully with MeritTrac

Wipro, in collaboration with MeritTrac successfully conducted a national-level online common entrance test for admissions to Wipro Academy of Software Excellence (WASE). The test was conducted for admissions to their Master of Science program, WASE, which is an off-campus 'earn while you learn' program pioneered by Wipro in collaboration with BITS, Pilani. MeritTrac, India's largest test & assessment company was the partner for this exam. The national level test was conducted between 13th and 20th December across 29 cities, in 44 testing centers, with 24,000 candidates being scheduled for the exam. The entire test delivery process achieved a success rate of 99.8%.

Cisco debuts Industry accredited Networking Event at Bahrain

Cisco's industry-accredited networking forum with support from HRH, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, is to provide a pioneering innovation technology content for customers and partners across Europe, Middle East and Africa. Cisco Networkers Bahrain 2010 will take take place at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, from 28 to 31 March 2010. For the first time Middle East is to see an industry-accredited networking forum. It has been developed in collaboration with the government of Bahrain and with the support of Crown Prince His Highness Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa. Networkers Bahrain represents a key milestone for Cisco in terms of furthering its commitment and ongoing investment in the Middle East. Additionally, the forum will deliver pioneering innovation technology content for visiting customers and partners from South Africa.
Oman MoE staff to attend Microsoft ICT Training of Trainers programme

To support teachers and ministry staff gain proficiency in a wide variety of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills, Microsoft Oman partnered with the Ministry of Education (MoE), and recently concluded a 'Training of Trainers' programme. The intensive technical training programs and workshops were attended by 25 teachers from different schools and 25 MoE personnel, thereby gaining proficiency in a wide variety of ICT skills from email and calendar support to group projects and communication tools. The training was a product of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between MoE and Microsoft Oman. The training was meant to implement the globally successful Partners in Learning program in Oman which is committed to empower students and teachers and transform education worldwide. The goal of the partnership was to enhance the the transformative power of software to create innovative educational experiences that bring students and teachers closer worldwide.

Oracle Education in Egypt hosts 100 Teachers at Project Learning Institute

The Project Learning Institute is a professional development program that trains teachers on how to integrate technology, project learning, and 21st century skills development into their classroom curricula. The Oracle Education Foundation (OEF), recently, reportedly, held a Project Learning Institute for more than 100 teachers from the First Lady Suzanne Mubarak's 'Developing Schools' Initiative at the Mubarak City Training Development Centre in Cairo. OEF's online learning platform, ThinkQuest, is being used by the course to showcase exceptional project-learning examples and help teachers produce projects as a part of their training experience.

Intel survey says Teachers want more classroom laptops

A survey conducted by Intel and presented at the BETT education technology show in London indicated that 76% of teachers surveyed in Europe believe that their governments should be doing more to support computer access for students. In the survey, more than 2 700 teachers in 15 countries worldwide  had expressed that while 70% of educators believe their students should have access to a laptop computer in class, only 3% of their students currently have such a computer. Just under a third of those questioned said that a lack of funding was preventing the required investment in computers.

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