Microsoft Arabia trains over 6,000 Saudi teachers

RIYADH— Microsoft Arabia announced yesterday that it has completed this year, in cooperation with the Saudi Ministry of Education, the training of over 6,000 male and female Saudi teachers in computer skills in line with its efforts to contribute to supporting and developing education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 28 Sep 2005, 10:40 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:49 PM

This is part of a four-year training program which the company is executing in close liaison with the Ministry and includes training 30,000 male and female teachers. Microsoft also revealed that it completed, as part of the same program, qualifying 150 Information Technology Supervisors to acquire Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certifications. Microsoft Arabia General Manager, Dr. Khalid Al-Dhaher, said: “Microsoft is committed to building on its strategic relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Education to further co-operation at all levels.”

Microsoft is currently implementing many projects under the "Partners in Learning" initiative, aiming at fully utilizing information technology in education. Among these are pilot projects for the Microsoft Learning Gateway, which was finished in 25 schools in Almadinah Almunawwarah. Microsoft also provided the Ministry with localized digital curriculum for school grades from 4 to 12, which can be fully integrated with Microsoft Class Server. These were delivered to the Ministry together with learning units, virtual laboratories and other learning media. They are now being updated to match the new curriculum. "We also supported the Ministry's initiative to collect all of its data and information for use through the unified Data Center," Al-Dhaher concluded.

Unlike previous years, high school students were recently able to follow up the results of their examinations on the Internet, thanks to advanced Microsoft technology which was deployed extensively by the Ministry. Similar technology was also utilized to process teacher transfer operations Kingdom-wide.

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