HEC & Microsoft Launches Largest Free Skills Initiative For 1 Lakh Students

Microsoft Pakistan and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) signed an Education Transformation Agreement (ETA) last year to help educational institutions make use of cutting-edge technologies while teaching and learning.

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Microsoft have extended the Education Transformation Agreement (ETA) in Pakistan with a big introduction and the announcement of 100,000 free Technology skills certificates for university students throughout Pakistan.

Together, Microsoft and HEC reimagined the educational landscape, gave the next generation of students more power, and reduced the knowledge-to-employment gap.

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The partnership aims to ensure that Microsoft will be providing several services to all higher educational institutions (HEIs) in leveraging new technologies to make learning inclusive, personalized, and student-centric. This will be done through knowledge transfer workshops and training on cutting-edge Microsoft technologies like Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365, and Microsoft Azure.

The main guest at the gathering was Rana Tanveer, Minister of Federal Education and Professional Training. Both Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, the Chairman of the Higher Education Commission, and Jibran Jamshed, the Country Lead for Jordan, Lebanon, and Pakistan, spoke at the event’s beginning.

The federal minister argued that in this situation, partnerships with companies like Microsoft allow students to use their creativity to use modern technology to solve real-world societal problems and help us bring them up to speed with the rest of society.

According to HEC Chairman Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Microsoft’s Imagine Cup Global Competition, which allows competitors to practically turn their ideas into profitable start-ups and businesses, has been very helpful in developing creative minds.

“HEC is pleased that our artists are being featured on such prestigious international stages. Our students have succeeded in bringing honor to Pakistan in addition to having the opportunity to present their ideas on a stage around the world.

Technology is crucial for today’s economic growth, workforce competitiveness, the transition to a knowledge-based economy, and job creation, according to Jibran Jamshed, Country Education Lead for Jordan, Lebanon, and Pakistan. Although there hasn’t been much of a digital transition in this sector in many developed countries, technology’s most significant application is to advance education.

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At the event, which was attended by a number of distinguished vice-chancellors, academics, teachers, students, and partners, achievements from previous years of the partnership were highlighted, and the next vision for the digital transformation of the Pakistani educational system was discussed.

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