The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has announced a joint initiative with the Microsoft IT Academy to better equip students at the Agency’s vocational and technical training centres (VTTCs) with the practical knowledge necessary to succeed in a business world heavily reliant on technology.
The new programme blends classroom lectures with e-learning to develop practical skills in the set-up and maintenance of IT infrastructure. For example, students will learn how to set up an email server and a company network, practical skills needed by companies of all sizes that will greatly increase the chances of a student’s placement in the market.
The Microsoft IT Academy programme is a global IT education solution that is designed to help schools ensure the success of their students and educators alike. With access to the latest training resources on Microsoft technologies, educators can now prepare their students to enter the workforce with IT skills that are in demand by employers. The Microsoft IT Academy currently includes over 15,000 academic organizations in 133 nations, and positively impacts 8.5 million educators and students worldwide.
"At UNRWA, we firmly believe in providing students with an education that will stand them in good stead for their entire lifetime”, said Dr. Ayman Murad, Head of the UNRWA Education Partnerships, Communications and ICT Unit. “We are grateful to Microsoft for helping the next generation of the Palestinian workforce take on the challenges of the modern world.”
Microsoft Country Manager Hussein Malhas commented: “By virtue of this partnership, we seek to provide students with the opportunity to attain certifications that help them not only enter, but also succeed in the labor market. This collaboration underscores UNRWA’s progressive approach and genuine interest in supporting its students and learning community, and we are confident that it will yield positive results for all involved parties.”