Dubai’s GEMS Education schools use Microsoft technology to help students and teachers shine

~ Edite Laka, Audience Engagement Manager for Gulf “The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action” – Herbert Spencer We live in an age of action, of doing, of making dreams happen. At Microsoft, we want to inspire people to become more productive through technology while achieving their highest potential – and this…

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Three trends impacting education policy across the Middle East and Africa

By Heba Ramzy, Director, Corporate Affairs at Microsoft Although schools around the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region are only just coming to the end of the academic year, many governments have been taking stock for much longer and considering what is required to ensure positive learning outcomes when the new year begins. From the…

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How to keep up productivity when freelancing, with cloud computing

Jonah is a young freelance designer. In true millennial fashion, he’s dipping his toes into the ‘gig economy’ and has several projects on the go for various clients. Jonah doesn’t have an office, and instead chooses to work remotely, whether from his clients’ offices, from a café or from his kitchen table. Good time management…

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Four ways to stay connected with loved ones wherever you are

The word ‘cloud computing’ may sound like something from Star Wars, and only rocket-flying IT gurus can use it.  Well, without knowing it, you share your personal data on the cloud every day when you use social networks to communicate with your friends and family. Cloud computing is essentially the storage and accessing of data…

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Working 9 to 5 no more: How the gig economy is changing the workplace

By: Isabell Scheuber, General Manager, Marketing & Operations, Microsoft Middle East & Africa Here’s a story about thousands of young people across the Middle East and Africa. For the sake of this story, we’ll call them ‘Ahmed’. Ahmed is a 23-year-old graduate in Egypt. He’s only been working for a year, but by following his passion…

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Five common myths about youth employability in MEA

Sixty percent of the population in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) is under the age of 25, and of these young people, one in four is unemployed. Part of the reason for this is a lack of necessary technical skills for the 21st century workplace. But beyond that, there are a few common myths…

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Ali Faramawy chats about tech, creativity and teamwork at TeenTech Global Youth Summit

Can technology transform society and help shape our future? Ali Faramawy, President of Microsoft Middle East and Africa, is ready to answer to this question at the TeenTechSF Global Youth Summit this Saturday, 5 December. The event will be livestreamed to over 1400 students around the world, so be sure to click on this link…

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Let’s make teachers the champions of education in the Middle East

Posted by: Mark East, General Manager Operations – Microsoft WW Education Earlier this month, I visited Egypt to meet with government and school leaders to discuss the future of education in the country, and how to solve some of the current challenges – focusing on equipping today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs. I learnt that the…

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Students from Egypt and Lebanon represent the Arab World at the Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change 2015 competition

Post by: Ghada Khalifa, Citizenship Lead, Microsoft Egypt I was thrilled to hear that three students from the Arab World made it through to the final round of the Microsoft YouthSpark Challenge for Change competition this year. The challenge inspires socially-conscious youth to imagine how they would use Microsoft technology and resources to support their…

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The Middle East Cloud Trust Problem: Cloud adoption curtailed by concerns around security and privacy

Posted by Leila Serhan When I am asked to sum up the most important technological developments supporting prosperity in the Middle East/North African region, of course I’ll cite growing smart device ownership, the spread of high speed wireless connectivity, and advances in data management and analytics. However, I believe that cloud computing has the greatest…

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