Cambodia's Ministry of Commerce has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Microsoft yesterday (22 August 2016).
The government body hopes that the move will help grow the economy and improve trade and development in the country.
The MOU will cover three areas:
- ICT talent and ecosystem development: Microsoft will enhance Cambodia's ICT ecosystem and develop talent by leveraging youth and technology education resources such as YouthSpark, Microsoft innovative educators, and Microsoft Philanthropies . The tech giant will also come up with initiatives to support youth and technology education in Cambodia.
- Education campaigns on cybersecurity and malware threats: Both organisations will jointly hold education campaigns to raise awareness on cybersecurity and malware threats as well as the dangers from the use of pirated software.
- Technology training and development: Microsoft will provide technical training and support for a localised version of Microsoft Khmer Translator Hub under development.
The MOU signing builds on an ongoing partnership between the two organisations over the past 12 months to increase awareness of ICT trends, cybersecurity, cloud computing and intellectual property (IP) and trusted technology.
Empowering Cambodian youths with tech skills
Besides collaborating with MOC, Microsoft has also partnered local non-governmental organization (NGO) STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Cambodia to launch the Microsoft Student Partners (MSP) programme in Cambodia.
The programme aims to cultivate technology skills among youths by providing a platform to grow student communities focused on technology, access the latest technology tools and resources.
Microsoft expects to recruit about 100 MSPs from tertiary institutions in the next 12 months through STEM Cambodia.
Selected MSPs will be appointed as ambassadors for Microsoft on their campuses and host events to share their knowledge and passion for technology with fellow classmates. They will have access to training, latest technologies and reference materials, and opportunities to work alongside Microsoft professionals.
The MSP programme is open to all students studying full-time in a tertiary education institution at polytechnics or universities, even if they are not taking up IT or engineering courses.
As a MSP, students organise events to achieve outcomes that are determined as a group. These can be general workshops on Windows or Office or a campaign to get classmates to write an app, among other roles such as developers and designers.
"Technical knowledge, leadership and communication skills are areas critical for human resource development in Cambodia. We strongly believe that all youth should be equipped with a basic understanding of computer science and computational thinking to prepare them for the future. Through this programme, Microsoft is providing these opportunities to university students at public and private institutions," said Allen Dodgson Tan, Managing Director, STEM Cambodia.
Echoing Tan, Rena Chai, Marketing and Operations Lead, SEA New Markets, Microsoft, said: "A key hurdle that young people face is developing the right skills for tomorrow's job market. Our collaboration with STEM Cambodia will help increase Cambodian students' access to technology and develop the technical skills needed in an increasingly tech-fueled global economy."
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