UAE Ministry of Education partners with Microsoft to upskill employees in AI and data science

24April2019; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates –The UAE Ministry of Education today announced it will join forces with Microsoft to upskill its employees in the fields of data and AI.

The signing ceremony took place during BETT MEA 2019, the world-renowned education-technology conference being held in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre this week. Present were His Excellency Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education and Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education at Microsoft, as well as other senior officials from both parties.

Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will support the ministry in its vision for upskilling its workforce in line with the latest technological trends through its Microsoft Learning Partners Program. The Ministry engineers will undergo various training tracks selected from the areas of data science, artificial intelligence, big data and others.

The Microsoft Professional Programme was designed to help IT professionals develop job-ready, future-ready skills and real-world experience through online courses, hands-on labs and expert mentoring. The programme focuses on skills that are currently in demand such as artificial intelligence, data science, Internet of Things and cybersecurity.

His Excellency Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Educationsaid,
“As part of its strategic objectives, the Ministryis working continuously to develop the skills of its employees in line with the latest global trends related to IT, AI and Cybersecurity. The focal areas related to the future and the associated skills must be mastered.” He also stressed the Ministry’s enthusiasm to work with strategic partnerships with the private sector to build capacities and develop competencies in the ministry.

His Excellency pointed out that the Ministry of Education is working continuously to build bridges of cooperation with international organizations such as Microsoft, in order to identify the latest developments and the latest technologies to harmonize the steps of the Ministry to accelerate the transition to a knowledge-based economy.

“Our work in the field of Education is part of our ongoing efforts to skill up the sector’s workforce in order to ensure they can achieve more,” said Anthony Salcito, Vice President Worldwide Education, Microsoft. “This partnership with the Ministry of Education will bolster the talents of its employees, empowering them to make a difference and deliver real value across the UAE education sector for years to come.”

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