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Faculty and students from the top universities and colleges in Metro Manila recently graduated from the Microsoft Faculty and Student Ambassador Program 2005 (FSAP). The graduation, with the theme 'Here's to Your Night' culminates the efforts lent to the program by honoring not only the faculty and students, but also the participating universities and colleges for their full support for the program.

A total of 94 Faculty and Student Ambassadors from 26 universities in Metro Manila participated in the program which began in February, 2005. The ambassadors first underwent Ambassador Educate, a five-month (course) training program,conducted by Microsoft and People Ignite, designed to enhance their technical and business management skills. The second phase of the program, Ambassador Empower, allowed the ambassadors to serve as trainers for their partner public secondary schools.

The Microsoft Faculty and Student Ambassadors were able to reach more than 300 teachers and more than 500 students from 26 public secondary schools in Metro Manila which included the following: Adamson University, AMA University, Assumption College, Ateneo de Manila, Centro Escolar University, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, De La Salle University-St. Benilde, De La Salle University, De La Salle University-Canlubang, Mapua Institute of Technology, Mapua IT Center, Miriam College, Philippine Christian University, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Philippine Normal University, Phoenix One, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, San Beda College, San Sebastian College, Southeastern College, St. Scholastica's College Manila, Systems Technology Institute, University of Asia and the Pacific, University of Makati, University of the East, and the University of the Philippines- Diliman.

Robby Jay Manubay, one of the graduates and a Technical Student Ambassador from Colegio de San Juan de Letran, went to Mindanao State University to train a number of public high school teachers in Marawi City on basic Microsoft applications. He narrates, "I really had second thoughts about volunteering as a trainer because we're all aware of the violence and terrorism in the area. But my desire to be able to touch and help the Mindanaoans prevailed. The overwhelming response of my "students" made the experience fun and wonderful."
FSAP Lead and Trainer JV Wong from People Ignite Organizational Development and Training, Inc. congratulated the FSAP graduates as they conclude Training Cascade or Phase 2 of the program. "I would like to express my gratitude to the University Partners who supported Microsoft and our organization in tapping their outstanding faculty members and students to fulfill their roles and responsibilities as University Ambassadors. We are proud to be part of the development of these ambassadors and for helping them share their knowledge and skills with underserved teachers and students."

Microsoft academic program director Sam Jacoba says, "I am very pleased that through FSAP, Partners in Learning was able to help these young ambassadors realize their potential and through their transfer of knowledge, they were also able to touch the lives of their counterparts in the public education sector."

FSAP is a part of the Partners in Learning program of Microsoft Philippines, in collaboration with People Ignite Inc., Philippine Business for Social Progress, Learn.ph, Softrigger Interactive, Creative Synergy Inc, and Perceptions Inc.
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