The University of Jordan on Sunday signed a cooperation agreement with Microsoft Company to set off a number of strategic programs for the next three years.
The agreement was signed by the UJ's president, Prof. Ekhleif Tarawneh and Microsoft Regional Director for Operations & Marketing, Acting Director in Jordan, Zaid Chbialat.
The agreement comes within the framework of strengthening strategic relations between the University & Microsoft, and aims at raising the efficiency of technologies at UJ to a global level.
The agreement provided for the establishment of a Microsoft IT Academy program to teach the latest technology by the company as additional certified courses within the student's study plan, which would contribute to raising the efficiency of graduate students according to the requirements of the local and global labor market.
The agreement states the activation of the program (office 365), which aims to provide a free set of tools for faculty and students to enable them to increase chances of communication, cooperation and creativity among themselves through the participation in work projects.
Strategic alliances in education provides a framework for a comprehensive plan intended for joint performance with international companies that support education, encourage local innovation and create job opportunities, said Tarawneh.
Tarawneh added this sort of agreements will contribute to the provision of advanced educational environment for faculty and students, and enables them to acquire various forms of knowledge and skills required to raise their technical competence to matching the requirement of this time
From his part, Chbailat indicated that this agreement is the first of its kind in Jordan, and the sixth in the region.
The agreement comes to supply Microsoft products and services to the leading universities in the world, to promote education development, said Chbailat.
In a related field, Engineer Basil Qubain Director of Education Sector in Microsoft pointed out that the importance of the agreement lies in the establishment of a long-term partnership that would allow a regular review and evaluation to make sure that all projects provided by Microsoft are in line with the educational programs, as well as to combine experience, knowledge and resources to ensure the success and sustainability of the education sector.
The signing ceremony was attended by the Dean of King Abdullah II School for Information Technology, Prof. Mohamed Qatawneh and Director of the Computer Center, Prof. Fawaz Zghoul and the Director of the Office of International Relations, Dr. Rami Ali.