Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) and Microsoft have signed a memorandum of understanding which will see the institution benefit from a significant reduction in prices, and assist in their mission to develop a knowledge-based economy.
The agreement was signed by executive director of operations at QF, Khalid al-Sulaiteen, and country manager for Microsoft Qatar, Mohamed Hammoudi.
Under the memorandum, QF will benefit from a 90% discount on the commercial prices of Microsoft software licences as well as other software assurance benefits such as free online training, explained a spokesperson.
Additionally, Microsoft will provide professional-level developer and design tools to students as part of its ‘DreamSpark’ programme, and institutions at Education City will also be able to benefit from Microsoft’s [email protected]
Al-Sulaiteen said: “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 programmes that focus on improved personalised learning outcomes.”
“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.
QF IT director, Sa’di Awienat said: “Microsoft is a valued partner to Qatar Foundation and we are glad to engage with them in realising 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.”
Hammoudi emphasised Microsoft’s commitment to supporting QF and its vision: “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.”
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