Open Door trains for new economy careers

Published October 5th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Microsoft Gulf and Eastern Mediterranean (GEM) has announced Monday the start of its new Open Door Education Series, a seminar series designed to increase awareness for the opportunities that the new Internet economy holds for students and how they can prepare themselves for it.  


The first series of its kind in the region, Open Door Education will start in the United Arab Emirates at the Dubai Women’s College on the 4th of October and will be followed by seminars in Kuwait University, Kuwait on the 11th of October, Lebanese American University, Beirut on the 8th of November and the University of Jordan, Amman on the 23rd November. Open Door Education is an offshoot of Microsoft’s successful Open Door series of seminars that is now in its third year. 


“Technology has already become an integral part of education curricula,” said Bahram Mohazzebi, general manager, Microsoft GEM. “Industry analysts predict that 70 percent of all future jobs will require skills in computer and network use and many educational institutions are now adopting a more vocational approach to their curricula as a result. Microsoft is working together with education institutions around the region to provide technical expertise to students on the threshold of entering this exciting new economy.” 


Open Door Education aims at opening up this window of opportunity to students and will focus on underscoring the essential role that information technology will play in the future of education. The seminar will also present the latest Microsoft tools for students, student discount programs, course material and available certification.  


Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") offers software for personal computers for business and personal use. Microsoft opened its Dubai-based Middle East headquarters office in 1991, since when subsidiaries have opened in Saudi Arabia and Egypt.  


Microsoft GEM is responsible for the company's business in Pakistan, Oman, the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus and Malta. In 1999, Microsoft opened offices in Lebanon, Kuwait and Pakistan earlier this year. — (Albawaba-MEBG)

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