In yet another public-private partnership, the Microsoft Centre for Education Research and Application (Microsoft CERA) was launched on June 1 at Nan Chiau Primary School (NCPS) in Singapore.
According to the IT company, Microsoft CERA, a joint-collaboration between Microsoft Singapore, Microsoft Research Asia (MSRA), NCPS and National Institute of Education (NIE), is the first such centre of its kind in Asia to be located in a school.
The IT company said in a statement that Microsoft CERA is a world-class centre of innovation in Singapore, where new technologies are harnessed for teaching and learning for educators locally and in the region.
With an estimated investment of S$8 million over the next three years, Microsoft CERA will leverage and capitalise on educational expertise from NIE, NCPS, Microsoft Singapore and MSRA, Microsoft said in a statement.
The centre promotes the development incubation of new teaching tools, such as MyCLOUD version 2 (My Chinese Language ubiquitOUs learning Days). MyCLOUD, which was first introduced by Microsoft and NCPS in 2010, is a multi-faceted interactive platform that leverages Microsoft technology and expertise from the educational institutions to enhance the teaching and learning of the Chinese language beyond the four walls of the classroom.
Besides technology and platform support, Microsoft will also provide new intellectual property owned and developed by MSRA in Beijing, the company's fundamental research facility in the Asia Pacific.
"Microsoft CERA is a unique collaboration and it is my hope that together, we can innovate to enable students of all levels to learn and enjoy the richness of the Chinese language, using technology as an enabler," said Jessica Tan, Managing Director of Microsoft Singapore.
The MyCLOUD 2 initiative is also part of the Microsoft global Partners in Learning programme. In Singapore, Microsoft has been heavily involved in the government's efforts to integrate technology into education so as to expand the power of teaching and learning. Working closely with appointed Mentor Schools and Pathfinder Schools in Singapore, over 60,000 teachers have been trained under the programme.
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