As part of Microsoft's initiative for education and development, the company recently
held an IT awareness session at the King Fahd University for Petroleum and Minerals.
The session was prepared and presented by Ahmad Alafaliq, the desktop product manager
at Microsoft in Saudi Arabia who shared with students how Windows Vista and Office
2007 can help them with their studies.
The university visit is part of Microsoft's ongoing commitment to the education
community. By directly speaking and interacting with the students Microsoft was
able to share with them how the new software can help them realize their full potential.
"Most companies don't take the time to come and speak to students and show them
how their products can be beneficial," said Yasser Al-Sulami, a freshman with a
chemical engineering major at the university. "Microsoft really showed that it cares
about us students as people and not just as consumers. I am looking forward to any
future events or products they may have."
Dr Kanaan Faisal, chairman of the Information & Computer Science department at KFUPM
said: "We're keen to offer all our students the best possible education, and equip
them with the right tools to aid their study. Advances in Information Technology
are paving the way for future development in education and are helping our students
realize their potential.
"The session, which took place at the Prince Naif Auditorium, attracted over 1000
students, staff and faculty members from different departments at the university.
The attendees all had one common goal, to find out how Windows Vista and Office
2007 can improve their learning experience and help them achieve results in a simple
and fast way.
"We were expecting 400 students to attend," said Alafaliq, "and were amazed when
we saw over 1000 students and faculty members at the awareness session. It shows
that there is a genuine interest from the Saudi youth to adopt technology to help
them on their educational journey."
A commitment to education and innovation has always been part of Microsoft's mission.
The session - which was conducted in an informal, relaxing and highly interactive
setting - included a tailored demonstration of Windows Vista and Office 2007, and
showed students how software can help them in both their studies and their personal
"I didn't realize I could do so much with Vista and Office," said Salman Shaudhry,
a senior with a systems engineering major. "The presentation was very helpful; it
truly opened my eyes to new possibilities."
"Today, with the advances in new technology, students have a much richer and more
rewarding learning experience. Windows Vista and Office 2007 are great tools which
students can take advantage of during their education to boost their productivity,
increase their creativity, and improve their collaboration and connectivity with
the rest of the world," said Alafaliq, "It was a great opportunity for us to hear
directly from the students, and for them to see how Windows Vista and Office can
help them with their studies. We're looking forward to running similar workshops
with other educational institutions in Saudi Arabia."