Microsoft Cambodia, through its market development partner Brite Digital, introduced Microsoft Education 365 to universities and schools last week, with the primary aim to spread digital education in academic institutions.
Microsoft’s new endeavour involves providing product licenses to teachers and students and offering special prices to universities.
During last week’s project launching, Microsoft Cambodia gathered university and school rectors, officials from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, officials from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications and Microsoft directors to discuss how the technology company can help improve the local education system.
“We want to work on digital education with the MoEYS, Ministry of Post and Telecommunications and other partners. Before, we used to work with the private sectors. But for this latest project, we want to be in direct cooperation with universities, schools, teachers and students,” a representative of Microsoft Cambodia shared.
She continued, “Microsoft wants to support universities and schools’ inputs in digital education. When students complete their studies, they already have a know-how of the Microsoft programmes, which they can eventually use in their future employment.”
Microsoft Education 365 was launched in Cambodia last year, though it has been used globally since 2011.
Microsoft Cambodia’s representative said that the event also serves as a discussion platform for university and school administrators to show interest in the programme.
With Microsoft Education 365, students will have first-hand knowledge on the softwares and will become experts when they graduate.
“I think this programme is not hard to learn because most people are aware of Microsoft Word, Excel and emails. But we also have other applications ready to be downloaded and used. When students start to use the programmes, it will be very easy for them. You see, Microsoft knowledge and skills are actually required when people apply for jobs,” the representative explained. For instance, for a university with 40 faculty members but with ten thousand teachers and students, only the faculty members will be paying for the Microsoft product licenses. The teachers and students will no longer be paying for their usage of the products.
With this, the Microsoft products will become easier to attain and use by teachers and students and be a factor in the academic success.