Microsoft Partnership for UNRWA Students

30 April 2014
Microsoft Partnership for UNRWA Students


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.”

Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

For more information, please contact:

Christopher Gunness
Spokesperson, Director of Advocacy & Strategic Communications
+972 (0)54 240 2659
+972 (0)2 589 0267
Sami Mshasha
Chief of Communications, Arabic Language Spokesperson
+972 (0)54 216 8295
+972 (0)258 90724
Two UNRWA students from Gaza enjoy recess in their first day of school. © 2017 UNRWA Photo by Rushdi Al-Saraj
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