HEC and Microsoft offers at-home certification for students

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Microsoft have reached an agreement to provide free of cost certification to the first 2,000 students, who will apply to this opportunity.

It’s actually a home platform for Microsoft certifications. This initiative has been taken to provide better opportunities for graduates and other students to develop technical expertise in this pandemic situation.

HEC and Microsoft have been working together over the decade to promote the use of information technology in the higher education sector.

This strategic partnership covers all the public and private sector universities, with a variety of programs for the youth. To provide them better opportunities and showcase their technical potential at a global level.

Under this partnership, they have launched a certification platform. Its basic function is to build a curriculum roadmap for technical skill development and certification for students.

They are offering certification in

  • MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate )
  • MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist)

The students can select the technology area of their choice. They can not only learn at home with in-depth tutorials and self-study videos but now they can also take the exam online at home.

HEC Chairman Dr. Tariq Banuri said

“Digital transformation has been at the forefront of every industry in the last few years and education is no different. Working with Microsoft, HEC has been able to bring in a set of tools and technology offerings that can help establish a technology-rich culture in higher education.”

Enabling students to acquire more advanced skills not only helps them in their careers, but it also strengthens the technical potential of the Pakistani industry as well as academia.”

To deliver this opportunity, Microsoft has partnered with Certipot – a Pearson VUE Business under HEC leadership. This is done to ensure the experience of the exam without any lag or downtime.

Commenting on the agreement, Microsoft-Pakistan Country Education Lead Jibran Jamshed said

“The variety of skills you can learn in the Microsoft Certification Program allows you to display your flexibility to current and prospective employers. These credentials demonstrate that you can use a variety of strategies to solve problems and resolve the concerns of consumers as well as stakeholders more effectively,”

He further added that the agreement is a major step towards bridging the gap between education and employability and for helping students acquire professional skills while they have more time on hand during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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