Kochi: Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd. has announced the launch of a new education resourcing programme, Microsoft Ed–vantage, in response to strong feedback received from academic institutions in India. The key aspects of this feedback related to helping the institutions with topics that are most relevant to them, such as partnering with them to bring in more technology innovation and capacity building for faculty and students; and making their students more employable.
The introduction of Microsoft Ed-vantage represents an evolution in the way over 10,000 universities and colleges can adopt Microsoft student solutions to their individual needs, providing them the opportunity to compete on the global employment stage on an equal footing.
The programme aims to consolidate and enhance the benefits to both academic institutions and students who are leveraging well-established Microsoft programmes like Campus Agreements, IT Academy, DreamSpark, Imagine Cup, Student2Business etc. that provide the right software tools to the faculty and students. This programme’s primary focus is to make students more employable and equip them with skills relevant to industry needs. It is designed to help eligible academic campuses and their students connect with various organizations in Indian industry, thereby creating a platform for the students to explore internship and employment opportunities.
“The introduction of Ed-vantage represents an all new way that in the way academic institutions can work more closely with Microsoft than ever before, to leverage the technology and programmes that we have to offer, build the right skills to become more employable while getting innovative”, said Sanket Akerkar, MD, Microsoft India. “Facilitating the right technology education is on the top of Microsoft’s agenda, as it collectively helps India as a nation”, he added.
The importance of providing current, real-world tools to information systems (IS) students at an affordable cost is a challenge many IS educators continue to face. The Microsoft Ed-vantage programme is a response to this need and pulls together the core principles of genuine software, and certifications to make students ‘employable’ in these times of shrinking academic budgets and increasing educational costs.
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