Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education, Monday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will enable it to transform higher education, further innovation, and develop employability.
During the signing ceremony held in Addis Ababa, Higher Education State Minister, Dr. Kaba Urgessa, said Microsoft would provide university students with practical knowledge implantable in the actual world of work.
“Our economic competitiveness as a country depends on how our schools and universities use ICT to prepare students for the modern work place. The agreement will ensure that our technology investments are used to support our broader national education goals,” he added.
The state minister thanked Microsoft for extending support to the national education goals in general and capacity building worth over 7 million birr in particular.
Microsoft East and South Africa General Manager, Sebuh Haileleul, said on his part that it is possible to bring profound impact on the country by providing technology for millions of students throughout the country.
Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Middle East and Africa, Ali Faramawy, stated that the agreement will focus on working with university students to make software available, give training as well as create opportunity to set up their business.
He also underlined that Microsoft would focus on aligning the program with the industry requirements and employer demand centering on fostering localized content.
The MoU signed between the two parties is a transformation agreement that provides a comprehensive joint public-private program for educational excellence.
The key strategic aims are to transform learning, further innovation, and develop 21st century skills and employability, it was learned.