HEC, Microsoft launch largest free skills initiative for students



The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Microsoft have renewed the Education Transformation Agreement (ETA) in Pakistan with a magnanimous launch announcing 100,000 free Technology certifications for University Students across Pakistan.

Microsoft and HEC collaboration re-imagine the education landscape, empower the next generation of students and bridge the gap between knowledge and employability.

The event was attended by several renowned Vice Chancellors, educators, students, academicians and partners where accomplishments of previous years of partnership were highlighted and the next vision of the digital transformation of education system in Pakistan was shared.

Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Rana Tanveer graced the event as the chief guest whereas the event was opened by Chairman Higher Education Commission, Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed and Jibran Jamshed, Country Lead for Jordan, Lebanon and Pakistan.

On this occasion, the federal minister said, such partnerships with companies like Microsoft empower the students to use their creativity in addressing real societal problems using Modern Technology and helps us bring them at par with the rest of the world. The future of our economy does not lie in just plans and politics; it lies in the hands of well-educated and prepared student workforce, he added.

Chairman HEC Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said that Microsoft had been very helpful in nurturing creative minds through its Global Competition of Imagine Cup where the participants practically implement their ideas into successful start-ups and turn it into companies. “It is a proud moment for HEC that our talent gets the exposure at such global platforms. Our students do not only get the opportunity to present their ideas at an international level, but they have successfully brought laurels for Pakistan as well”, he said.