Computer science professors and researchers from across the Middle East and Africa
have gained an insight into future trends in software development at the Microsoft
Academic Days event, which was held in Qatar last week. Microsoft Academic Days
is a forum hosted by Microsoft, which brings together top faculty and Microsoft
experts to discuss the latest developments in Software Engineering, Architectural
Design and High Performance Computing.
The event featured key speakers from Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Research
as well as lecturers and professors from leading universities across the region.
Scientists and experts from Microsoft were on hand to discuss current and future
projects and trends in the software industry.
"Collaboration between academia and the IT industry is vital to helping to define
the future of computing,” said Mohammed Hammoudi, Country Manager, Microsoft Qatar.
“Microsoft has a long established outreach program working with universities around
the globe on important areas such as the emerging computing environment, transformation
of science through computing, and advancing computer science curriculum. Academic
Days give us a great opportunity to speak to our counterparts in the academic world,
to share with them our ideas about the future of computing, and to work with them
on driving the direction of development and research in the region."
Academic Days also includes sessions that cover best practices, teaching materials
and practical experiences related to the introduction of Microsoft technologies
to Computer Science and Software Engineering curricula.
"The software industry is constantly evolving and changing, with new concepts being
developed around the world, and we feel that it is very important that computer
science and engineering students are aware of and involved in the development of
these technologies. The Middle East needs graduates who have an up-to-date understanding
of the latest concepts in computing to enable them to drive local development and
create world-class software businesses here in the region," said Charbel Fakhoury,
General Manager of Microsoft Gulf.