Today, thriving cities worldwide are transforming their education systems as well as their infrastructure. From providing better access to resources through new services and connectivity, to programs that promote innovation and nurture talent, Microsoft CityNext is helping students prepare for the 21st century by expanding skills through digital inclusion.

For example, students and educators can benefit from tools like Microsoft Office 365 for Education, a web-based suite of collaboration and productivity tools that can be accessed for free on virtually any device. Educators can also engage students and improve efficiency with new online learning management systems that deliver courses, simplify student administration, and ease reporting and other management tasks. Accessed anywhere at any time, these tools help cities and their schools embrace a student-centered approach that moves beyond traditional, paper-based paradigms.

Schools can also take advantage of analytics capabilities that help measure academic data against their own goals and aspirations. With education analytics, cities can improve insight into student and educator performance and make better decisions that improve outcome and efficiency. Finally, cities can accelerate innovation and opportunity as well as enable the next generation of entrepreneurs through public-private partnerships such as Microsoft Shape the Future and programs like Partners in Learning, the Digital Literacy Curriculum, Microsoft DreamSpark, and the Microsoft IT Academy.

Working together, Microsoft and city leaders can create solutions that build both talent and better communities.

Give your students and educators the best in productivity to help ensure that they are college or career-ready. All schools, including higher education institutions, can benefit from complementary, world-class tools that make it easier to interact and collaborate. Make learning come alive from anywhere and on any device with Microsoft Office 365 for education.

  • Improve student outcomes—Help educators ensure the success of every student through technologies that make learning more inspiring, relevant, and collaborative.
  • Collaborate without boundaries—Educators can work online with their peers, students, and parents to share progress, jointly develop curriculum, and collaborate however they want.
  • Prepare students for the workforce—Build skills using familiar office tools that connect with the way people work today

You can do all of this in a safe, school-managed environment where you own your data and Microsoft does not scan it for advertising purposes. Microsoft also guarantees 99.9 percent uptime.

"In alliance with Microsoft..., we will offer the most advanced technology, knowledge, and skills to our schools so the next generation of graduates is prepared for the challenges of the 21st century."

- Angel Astorgano, Catholic International Education Office

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To prepare students for the 21st century, governments today are exploring opportunities for transforming their educational system. Microsoft can help you provide a comprehensive solution. The target is to change the whole system, which ranges from better access through devices and connectivity to improved outcomes in teaching and learning skills for tomorrow's workforce. Microsoft offers ways for governments to:

  • Improve access—Bring together the best in devices, applications, and content to help advance student learning.
  • Increase capabilities—Help educators use technology more effectively through Partners in Learning, a Microsoft investment of US$750 million for teacher training, pedagogy development, and education leader training.
  • Improve learning outcomes—Use cutting-edge technology and empower students to take advantage of new learning paradigms inside and outside the traditional classroom.

The Windows 8 operating system and rich ecosystem of apps and devices offer education an unparalleled technology platform to create rich, immersive environments that lead to better learning outcomes.

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At Microsoft, our goal is to help primary and secondary education customers take full advantage of administrative and academic data by directly aligning the information with their own goals and aspirations. This approach enables more effective planning and decision-making as well as improved tracking and evaluation.

With Education Analytics solutions, schools can:

  • Help students perform better—Improve insight into student performance and adjust to meet individual needs.
  • Make better decisions—Benefit from increased transparency of performance and operations.
  • Gain comprehensive visibility—Get a 360-degree view of student progress and educator performance.
  • Meet reporting requirements easier—Take advantage of timely access to critical data.
  • Help reduce inefficiency—Manage school finances more effectively.

Education Analytics solutions provide educators and administrators with a better view into the overall performance of their school system.

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To compete in today's knowledge economy, education needs innovative tools that can help deliver learning. Learning Management Systems (LMS) based on technologies from Microsoft provide educators with the ability to effectively manage their school's curriculum as well as the delivery of education courses. LMS solutions can help schools:

  • Increase operational efficiency—Simplify student registration and administration.
  • Improve course management—Create and deliver curriculum and courseware online.
  • Ease reporting—Get a 360-degree view of student progress and educator performance.
  • Meet reporting requirements easier—Take advantage of timely access to critical data.
  • Stay current—Manage skills and competencies more efficiently.

Learning Management Systems can help schools embrace a student-centered approach that moves beyond traditional textbook-based, pen-and-paper learning paradigms

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Colleges and universities across the world face increased demands to do more with fewer resources. Their challenges include operational pressures; competition for students, faculty, and research funding; and educating a new workforce generation. These demands are driving institutions to rigorously assess their ability to meet goals. Assessment of institutional effectiveness increasingly focuses on a more comprehensive understanding of critical administrative, academic, and relationship-building programs and their outcomes.

Institutional Effectiveness solutions can help colleges and universities:

  • Meet goals—Align institutional goals with actions.
  • Gain better insight—Achieve a deep understanding of planning and progress.
  • Improve efficiency—Ease management of the accreditation process.
  • Make better, data-driven decisions—Empower people with information.
  • Enhance education—Boost student performance and recruiting.

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Youth Unemployment

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The current global youth unemployment rate of 12.7% is projected to increase to 21.9% by 2017.

Michele Bedford Thistle

Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

Youth Unemployment

infoGraphic

The current global youth unemployment rate of 12.7% is projected to increase to 21.9% by 2017.

Michele Bedford Thistle

Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

Youth Unemployment

infoGraphic

The current global youth unemployment rate of 12.7% is projected to increase to 21.9% by 2017.

Michele Bedford Thistle

Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

Youth Unemployment

infoGraphic

The current global youth unemployment rate of 12.7% is projected to increase to 21.9% by 2017.

Michele Bedford Thistle

Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

Youth Unemployment

infoGraphic

The current global youth unemployment rate of 12.7% is projected to increase to 21.9% by 2017.

Michele Bedford Thistle

Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

Youth Unemployment

infoGraphic

The current global youth unemployment rate of 12.7% is projected to increase to 21.9% by 2017.

Michele Bedford Thistle

Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector