Basil Qubain, Education Sector Lead at Microsoft, and Yacoub Al-Masa'efah, President of Tafilah Technical University, during the opening
Microsoft Jordan honored all the students, professors and leadership team of Tafilah Technical University for actively participating in and winning Microsoft’s Live@edu campaign. The university reached the highest percent increase in the use of the software company’s hosted suite of services, which translated into increased productivity and efficiency through simplified online communication and collaboration. Tafilah Technical University was awarded a computer lab for their win.
Prof Yacoub Al-Masa'efah, President of Tafilah Technical University, stated, “Our University is always committed to bring forward the best services and technologies to its students. Launching the Microsoft Live@Edu program was an opportunity to provide our students with reliable and efficient communication and storage tools utilizing web 2.0 and Cloud Computing technologies. I want to thank the Microsoft team and also our IT team headed by Dr. Abdel Ilaah Shabatat who worked diligently to bring this service live to our students in due time.”
Basil Qubain, Education Sector Lead at Microsoft stated, “Tafilah Technical University achieved remarkable results and significant improvements in the adoption of Microsoft’s Live@edu communication platform, which increases student and teacher day-to-day productivity and efficiency through state-of-the-art communication and collaboration. I would also like to recognize the other universities that participated in the campaign for their undeniable efforts in adopting Live@edu, which reflects the outstanding commitment and talent of the universities’ administration and IT departments, as well as the innovative nature of the students and professors.”
Microsoft Live@edu is a free dynamic educational platform that establishes a solid foundation for interaction and information exchange between students, professors and the university community as a whole. Live@edu offers a number of flexible services that go beyond simple email services, such as calendar, file sharing, mobile communication, distance collaboration, and instant messaging.
As a key aspect of Microsoft’s education solutions, Live@edu is regularly updated with new features and services that enable local educational institutions to expand the IT services they can offer their students and faculty, in addition to increasing their ability to maintain and update systems and reduce costs.
By adopting Live@edu, educational institutions are provided with a customized live domain name in addition to Microsoft Live IDs for each individual user that provides students, staff, professors and alumni with access to the latest Microsoft technologies and up to 25 GB of free online storage.
Primarily addressing students’ needs, Live@edu also helps staff, professors and other stakeholders working within education institutions, and enables students and alumni to collaborate and create online communities that last long after graduation and throughout their lifetime.
The Microsoft Live@edu campaign was launched in collaboration with Jordanian Universities Network (JUNet), a non-profit company that connects all 10 local public universities via a state-of-the-art high speed broadband network to create the best infrastructure necessary for advanced higher education and research. The campaign was held from April until June 2011 with participation from all public universities in Jordan.