HBKU Partners with Microsoft to Accelerate its Research
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Hamad Bin Khalifa University Partners with Microsoft to Accelerate its Research and Development Ecosystem and Upskill Workforce

02 Nov 2019

New collaborative project announced at QITCOM 2019 lays foundations for enhanced research and development, as well as Microsoft trainings for university staff in data science and other vital skills

Dr. Mounir Hamdi, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, and Lana Khalaf, Country Manager of Microsoft, officiating the HBKU-Microsoft partnership at QITCOM.

The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) has entered into partnership with Microsoft to facilitate joint research projects and the optimization of the college’s educational experience.

The partnership was announced at QITCOM 2019, Qatar’s premier technology trade show. In addition to research and development (R&D) opportunities, CSE will gain access to transformation tools that Microsoft is using to upskill college employees in advanced technologies. 
“Qatar National Vision 2030 puts the education of our next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs at the heart of our activities,” said Dr. Mounir Hamdi, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering at Hamad Bin Khalifa University. “We are delighted to announce the establishment of our partnership with Microsoft, a company that shares our passion for education and research, and is one of the best forward-looking IT companies in the world. This collaboration will enable us to leverage technology and execute R&D projects to reshape the future of education. There will also be numerous opportunities to expose our workforce to the very latest IT technology, and to thrive in the information-driven Fourth Industrial Revolution.” 

Microsoft and HBKU also plan to train select employees and certify them through Microsoft courses. HBKU already runs on the Microsoft Azure Cloud and Office 365, and has an Open edX account with Microsoft courses, as well as being a participant in the Microsoft Imagine Academy. Qatar Foundation also hosts HBKU’s entire IT infrastructure in the intelligent cloud.

“Digital transformation enables engagement, empowerment, optimisation and reinvention,” said Lana Khalaf, Country Manager, Microsoft Qatar. “Microsoft has been a strong proponent of education around the world, partnering with institutions far and wide to deliver platforms for learning that equip our young people with the skills they need to stay relevant in the new global digital economy. Our collaboration with Hamad bin Khalifa University will empower students and the community with future digital skills, as well as enable researchers with powerful technology - to innovate and create for the future of Qatar.”