STI and Microsoft Partners in Global ICT Education
STI Education Services Group, Inc. (STI) and giant computer software developer Microsoft Corporation (Microsoft) engage in an institutional linkage in working towards the holistic development of STI's students taking ICT courses. The partnership was made official during a signing event on March 25, 2015 at the STI Holdings Building in Makati City.
In this collaboration, Microsoft will provide modules on Microsoft Phone Application Development, Windows 8, and Microsoft Azure which will be integrated into the courseware of STI's ICT programs. It will also implement the Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) Program, wherein two (2) qualified STI students will be recruited to become Microsoft's ambassadors in their schools, and help promote Microsoft's events and application development initiatives. In addition, Microsoft will provide training programs on the latest technology trends in the industry to STI faculty members and MSPs. Faculty members will likewise be able to use the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) which will allow them to monitor their students' performance more easily and access Webinars (web seminars) wherein professionals from Microsoft share their expertise online.
"Microsoft has opened more opportunities for STI's students and faculty members to gain more knowledge, skills, and experience in the field of ICT. This is driven by Microsoft and STI's common goal for the students to better utilize the latest technology so they will become more efficient when they join the workforce," shares STI President Monico V. Jacob.
"We're delighted to be partnering with STI. As the country's most established IT educational institution, STI has taught generations of IT professionals who now serve in many capacities in IT and other companies and who serve as the foundation upon which the industry rests," says Karrie Ilagan, GM of Microsoft Philippines, "In an increasingly Mobile First, Cloud First world, Microsoft believes in equipping both teachers and students in technology skills that will prepare them for work and life. Microsoft's programs for education promote effective, immersive learning experiences to inspire teachers and students to realize their full potential."
This partnership with the multinational corporation Microsoft coincides with STI's pursuit to strengthen the international standards of the training it gives its students so they will become life-ready and global-ready.