Middle East Qatar Qatar Foundation Signs Strategic Partnership Agreement with Microsoft
Qatar Foundation Signs Strategic Partnership Agreement with Microsoft
MoU in line with Qatar Foundation's strategy to transform Qatar to knowledge based society and foster local innovation
Sunday, August 08, 2010
Doha, Qatar

Doha, Qatar: August 8, 2010: Furthering its commitment to the development of knowledge based society in Qatar, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and Microsoft signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today at a press conference in Doha, Qatar. The MoU was signed between Executive Director of Operations, Qatar Foundation Mr. Khalid Al-Sulaiteen and Mr. Mohammad Hammoudi, Country Manager for Microsoft Qatar.

Under the agreement, Qatar Foundation will benefit from a 90 percent discount on the commercial prices of Microsoft software licenses as well as software assurance benefits such as free online training on the software purchased. In addition, Microsoft will provide professional-level developer and design tools to students under its DreamSpark program to support and advance their skills. Schools and universities at Education City will also be able to benefit from Microsoft’s Live@edu, a cloud based service, which will provide students, staff and faculty with primary email addresses and a collaborative communications platform.

"Through our partnership with Microsoft, we are strengthening the capacity of teachers and students to use technology effectively in the classroom. We believe that technology can expand the power of education and unlock the potential of students, educators and schools by delivering relevant solutions, services and programs that focus on improved personalized learning outcomes," said Al Sulaiteen

"This Strategic Partnership Agreement comes with boatloads of value for Qatar Foundation and its users. And I believe it establishes the foundation for a new era of education innovation and development," he added.

Speaking at the conference, Mr. Sa’di Awienat, IT Director of Qatar Foundation, said, "Microsoft is a valued partner to Qatar Foundation and we are glad to engage with them in realizing our vision in creating a knowledge-based society. Our users will continue to enjoy increased innovation thanks to the scale and resources this deal provides."

Mohammad Hammoudi, Country Manager, Microsoft Qatar expressed Microsoft’s support of QF in achieving its vision to create a positive impact on the education sector in the country.

"We value our relationship with Qatar Foundation and will continue to offer expert knowledge and tools that will help the education community be at the forefront. Education is the foundation of economic growth and in collaboration with educators, governments, and local partners, Microsoft is committed to providing access to technology, helping students acquire skills required to pursue their career and fueling local innovation."

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software - any time, any place and on any device.

Microsoft opened its Dubai-based Middle East office in 1991. Microsoft today has four subsidiaries in the Middle East region: Microsoft Gulf which oversees Microsoft activities in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman and Yemen, Microsoft Arabia covering the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Microsoft Egypt and Microsoft North Africa East Mediterranean and Pakistan that oversees Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Palestine Territories and Pakistan.

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