PHOTO - (From left) Ybhg. Prof Datuk Dr. Rohana Yusof, deputy vice-chancellor (student affairs), University of Malaya; Dr. David Asirvatham, Director, Centre of Information Technology, University of Malaysia; Dr. Abu Hasan Ismail, chief executive officer, Prestariang System; and Ananth Lazarus, managing director, Microsoft Malaysia.
The University of Malaya, software giant Microsoft Malaysia and local ICT firm Prestariang Systems have launched a human capital development initiative - Hedstart Programme - for all 25,000 university students that involve the use of Microsoft Office 2010 productivity suite.
Speaking on 5 March 2012, University of Malaysia [UM] deputy vice-chancellor (student affairs) Datuk Prof. Dr Rohana Yusof said the programme is an example of the private-public partnership that moves forward the government's agenda towards transforming Malaysia.
"The Hedstart Programme is the answer to this call, and we are proud to empower 25,000 of our students with genuine Microsoft Office 2010 software that we believe will impart world-class knowledge and resources to develop students to become highly skilled and confident to face the globally benchmarked accreditation," said Dr. Rohana.
She said the campus-wide milestone would enhance UM's education ecosystem and increase the competitiveness and capabilities of its students. "Microsoft Malaysia's continuous support to provide quality education and eagerness to invest in the country's education strategy is not only vital to create an excellent education platform for the future generation but also essential for Malaysia to achieve a developed status by the year 2020."
"The effort we have put in through the Hedstart Programme is grounded in our passion and promises encapsulated in a National Plan to help transform Malaysia together with the various communities and stakeholders who are also committed to the country's future," said Microsoft Malaysia managing director, Ananth Lazarus.
"For the past 20 years, Microsoft, through its people, partnerships and technology, has been Malaysia's trusted and long-term partner in accelerating the country's education ecosystem through initiatives such DreamSpark, which provides students with Microsoft software design and development tools at no charge; the Imagine Cup, known as the 'World Cup' of student technology competitions; the Partners in Learning Initiative, where we have trained more than 200,000 teachers as part of our continuous effort in helping successful pedagogy delivery through the use of IT; as well as various other programmes aimed at transforming education for Malaysians. Our investment and commitment has made an impact on more than one million students," said Lazarus.
"Focusing on ICT training and certification, our role is to advocate, educate and prepare students with the right productivity tools," said Prestariang chief executive officer, Dr. Abu Hasan Ismail. "Together with Microsoft Malaysia, we are working very closely with other higher learning institutions in Malaysia to nurture thousands of students to adopt genuine software by the end of this year."
Incorporated in 2003, Prestariang Systems (PSSB) is a subsidiary of Prestariang Berhad. PSSB is a MSC status-based company in ICT training and certification, as well as software licence distribution and management.
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