10 Countries and Thousands of Students across Asia Pacific Participate in the Hour of Code

The global Hour of Code 2014 effort, which saw more than 20 million students in 76,000 classrooms around the world learn to code, took place recently during Computer Science Education Week, 8-14 December. To celebrate, Microsoft hosted coding events across Asia Pacific in 10 different countries, empowering young people through computer science education – helping…

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A Vision for Investing in the Next Generation in Asia Pacific

This is an excerpt of a blog post by César Cernuda, President of Microsoft Asia Pacific, on the Asia Pacific News Centre here. Access to technology and well-trained teachers is key to closing the gap between the educational ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ across Asia. The gaping opportunity divide in Asia means the very best…

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Thailand selects Office 365 for every student nationwide

Eight million students and 400,000 teachers across Thailand now have access to Office 365 for education, giving them the ability to create, connect and collaborate on an advanced and enterprise-ready cloud platform that is safe and secured. Thanks to Microsoft Thailand and the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), a five-year agreement to address…

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Thai Teacher Brings Technology into the Classroom

According to an English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) study conducted on 60 countries and territories where English is not the mother tongue, Thailand’s English proficiency hit near-bottom, landing in the 56th spot. Despite the government’s increasing emphasis on mastering English, the country is still facing an uphill task in doing so, particularly in areas where…

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Looking at the Divide in Buriram

By Haresh Khoobchandani, Managing Director, Microsoft Thailand In northeastern Thailand sits the province Buriram, a home for sprawling rice fields, exquisite Khmer ruins and beautiful traditional festivals. Locals approach their lives, no matter how difficult they might be, with a sense of ‘sanuk’ (fun). Yet, I still find a sense of tragic irony in the…

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Indonesian Pre-School Wins IT Makeover Contest Asia Pacific

While Indonesia’s economy is fast rising to be the largest in Southeast Asia, its education sector is still struggling hard to catch up with its economic improvements. The lack of funding and infrastructure continues to challenge the educational progress of many Indonesian children who make up nearly 30 percent of the archipelago nation. Despite these…

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YouthSpark – Lighting the Way to Youth Employability and Entrepreneurship in Taiwan

Taiwan’s high youth unemployment rate is a cause for worry for many, especially after it hit 14.1 percent in August. Microsoft Taiwan’s YouthSpark launch event in October came at the right time. The event promoted free programmes for youth to acquire skills that the market demands, and reinforced its long-term message about how the strategic…

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Ministry of Youth and Sports & Microsoft Malaysia Partner to Nurture Future of Malaysia’s Youth

Microsoft YouthSpark, a vital catalyst for driving the nation’s push towards an innovation economy, spearheaded by young entrepreneurs Today, in Kuala Lumpur, at the 4th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Microsoft Malaysia and the Ministry of Youth and Sports today announced an intent to partner through Microsoft YouthSpark to address the opportunity divide facing young people in…

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Hong Kong and Microsoft Drive Collaborative Learning through Cloud Computing

The Hong Kong Education Bureau (EDB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft to empower students, educators and schools through mobile, interactive and self-directed learning. Lasting for five years, it extends a relationship between EDB and Microsoft that has existed since 2004. This latest MoU is the third stage of Microsoft’s Partners in…

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Partners in Learning 10 Year Anniversary Event

In conjunction with the 10-year anniversary of Microsoft’s flagship education program, Partners in Learning (PiL), Anthony Salcito, Craig Mundie, Lauren Woodman, and Brad Smith have come together to put up a live one-hour event. Titled “ED Talk – Expanding the Power of Learning”, this would include innovative teaching and learning from around the world coming…

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