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Friday, September 14, 2012

In line with the government’s vision to support a diversified and flexible knowledge-based economy, Microsoft partnered with the Ministry of Education (MOE) to enhance IT innovation within classrooms across the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The ministry deployed an integrated, out-of-the-box solution based on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 data management software, which integrates applications used by 550 schools and consolidates information in a central database for reporting.

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The Ministry of Education in the UAE is committed to providing excellent services for students, teachers, administrative staff, and parents. To do this, it needs to give staff access to expert tools and real-time data for MOE reporting requirements. The ministry’s stakeholders are the departments that perform crucial roles in delivering education services, including administrators and academic staff.

At any one time, the organization holds information for around 600,000 current and past students, and there are now around 230,000 students enrolled at schools in the country. The MOE is also working on integration with the Abu Dhabi Education Council Electronic Student Information System. Fatima Ali Al Khajah, Head of the Management Information Systems Department, Ministry of Education, says: “A typical example of reporting obligations would be the MOE, which needs to know the number of expected graduates and their academic performance, so that courses and teaching resources can be planned.”

“We need to connect data across the ministry’s departments and 550 schools, and configure it into useful reports for strategic education planning,” says Al Khajah.

The ministry’s goal was to create an integrated environment, and introduce features to help teachers grade coursework and enter this information directly into a centralized database. Al Khajah says: “Dubai and the Northern Emirates, there are many different systems that manage student administration, coursework, and human resource functions. We wanted to simplify some of these processes, removing repetition and enhancing accuracy.”

The ministry’s applications already run efficiently, so its objective was to find the right technology for integrating disparate systems, centralizing data, and deploying new administrative functions.

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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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