Microsoft Taiwan received two awards from the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) of Taiwan for its contributions towards the development of the Taiwanese information technology (IT) industry. In November 2012, Shih Yen-Shiang, Minister of Economic Affairs of Taiwan, presented the awards to Microsoft at the 2012 IPO Awards ceremony held at the Howard Plaza Hotel in Taipei.
“The IPO Awards seek to honour the significant contributions foreign companies have made in the country, especially in bringing new technologies, establishing innovation centres and improving employment opportunities in Taiwan,” Mr Shih said.
The MOEA recognised Microsoft's efforts in spearheading research and development (R&D) collaborations with Taiwanese firms as a ’technology value-added partner’ ― the only company to receive an award in this category.
Microsoft was also one of three winners in the ’diversified innovation partners’ category. An award nominated by members of the local business community, Microsoft, Google and Sony were deemed to have contributed the most to help Taiwanese companies introduce innovative services, establish applied R&D environments, and develop the skills and innovative capabilities of the local workforce.
The 2012 IPO Awards event was noteworthy for being the first time the awards criteria had been expanded to include foreign firms in the award categories. This addition was part of the MOEA’s initiatives to support technology developments and encourage closer collaboration between local and foreign companies.
“Microsoft has always placed great emphasis on partnership and collaboration, and these two awards presented by MOEA serve as an affirmation of our efforts in promoting innovation and talent development in Taiwan. We believe that we are well-positioned to continue raising the level of R&D developments in conjunction with the local business community,” said Davis Tsai, General Manager of Microsoft Taiwan.
“The two awards presented by MOEA serve as an affirmation of Microsoft’s efforts in promoting innovation and talent development in Taiwan.”
- Davis Tsai, General Manager, Microsoft Taiwan
Microsoft Philippines is collaborating with Acer to help non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the Philippines enhance their community work through the donation of Microsoft-powered Acer computers.
Through the partnership, Acer will encourage NGOs to sign up with TechSoup Asia, the organisation that delivers technology and capacity development resources to NGOs across the Asia Pacific region, before they register as beneficiaries under Acer’s donation programme. This will enable NGOs to gain easier access to Microsoft software donations along with the hardware provided by Acer, also enabling the overall cost of technology donations to be better optimised.
“This partnership with Microsoft will allow Acer to donate hardware updated with the latest Microsoft technology to NGOs in the Philippines. These donations will help them implement their community programmes more effectively to aid the underprivileged,” said Manuel Wong, General Manager of Acer Philippines.
Microsoft Philippines has been supporting NGOs across the country through a variety of software donation and training programmes since 2005. Under Microsoft's software donation scheme, qualified NGOs are able to acquire a wide range of updated software products to boost work productivity, improve collaboration and extend services to new communities in the Philippines.
Provinces such as Iloilo, Cebu, Bacolod and Davao have benefitted vastly from Microsoft’s aid by participating in nationwide events, such as NGO Connection Days, and other smaller-scale projects. By introducing the latest technologies such as cloud computing, Microsoft is able to help local community groups and NGOs maximise their productivity.
“Microsoft hopes to empower Filipinos by providing solutions that can help people and NGOs realise their fullest potential. Our Citizenship programmes are aimed at transforming education, promoting local innovation and improving employment opportunities for the underserved. By joining forces with Acer, we are able to move forward with our mission and reach out to even more Filipino communities,” said Raul Cortez, Legal and Corporate Affairs Director of Microsoft Philippines.
“The partnership with Microsoft will allow Acer to donate hardware updated with the latest Microsoft technology to NGOs in the Philippines.”
- Manuel Wong, General Manager, Acer Philippines
For more information, please visit www.techsoup.asia
Continuing to empower young people, who are the lifeline of the nation, HSBC announced a joint initiative with Microsoft Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Education, Sarvodaya-Fusion and Global Talent Coach & Consultants (Pvt) Ltd to train and develop 400 young people in the North, East, South and West of the country through IT and leadership skills.
Left to right: Mr.Jagath Peris, Director, Global Talent Coach & Consultants; Mr Subasena De Silva, Executive Director, Sarvodaya; Mr Nick Nicolaou, Chief Executive Officer HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives; Mr Anura Dissanayake, Secretary to the Ministry of Education; Mr Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Country Manager for Microsoft in Sri Lanka & Maldives; and Mr Isura Silva, Manager, Sarvodaya Fusion
According to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills Development, Sri Lanka has a population of 5 million youth, equal to 26 percent of the total population. Each year, around 280,000 students leave the school education system having completed their GCE (O/L) and GCE (A/L) examinations. Hence, 92 percent of young people are seeking alternate avenues leading to productive employment opportunities.
As such, this programme aims to identify 400 potential youth in Jaffna, Matara, Batticaloa and Ja-ela and equip them with the required leadership and IT skills, enabling them to be future leaders who will drive the economic and development goals of the country.
Both Microsoft and HSBC believe that Sri Lanka’s youth hold immense potential as the next generation leaders and it is expected of them to contribute to the development of the economy and ensure a better and more prosperous future with the use of technology.
Microsoft has pledged to make a substantial investment through their world-recognized curricula to train young people in IT skills. The training programmes will be conducted over a period of six months with an allocated time for practical sessions, theory and revision. Each course will cover the basics of essential computing skills that are required for employment and help build self-confidence, which will enable participants to apply IT in their day to day lives. Microsoft will make further investment towards the development of the programme in all four provinces.
“IT skills are important no matter where you find employment, as computers have become a basic tool that is used in almost every home or office. We have over the last 8 years of our operations, helped to bridge the digital divide in Sri Lanka in a number of ways and we are happy to partner HSBC in another project which will help to empower our youth and make their future brighter,” commented Sriyan de Silva Wijeyeratne, Country Manager, Microsoft Sri Lanka.
The selection of young people will be done in consultation with the Ministry of Education, whose mission is to develop competent citizens through innovative and modern approaches to education leading to efficiency, equity and high quality performance, ensuring stakeholder satisfaction.
HSBC will work in tandem with all partners to ensure the progress of the intended programmes. The Bank will proactively organise launch events in each province to foster participation of students, teachers and parents in creating further awareness among residents in the localities.
Nick Nicolaou, Chief Executive Officer for HSBC Sri Lanka and the Maldives, stated, “Expanding experiences and access to IT education, as well as providing leadership based training will facilitate a much needed development and employment opportunity for these young people. We hope this on-going support will be used effectively in working towards the set goals in making themselves competent and an economic resource for the future.”
As the main implementing partner of the project, Sarvodaya–Fusion will help facilitate these programmes at their training centres located island-wide, while the leadership trainings will be conducted by Global Talent Coach & Consultants (Pvt) Ltd (GTCC).
Isura Silva, Manager of Sarvodaya-Fusion, stated, “As a social enterprise we empower rural tele-centres to be financially sustainable through ‘Fusion-Education’ which has trained more than 3000 students since 2009. It’s great to connect again with HSBC and Microsoft in these projects who believe in employability of young people in their CSR programs.”
The first webinar in the FY13 Tech4Good webinar series featuring Windows 8 was held on 27 February. If you missed it and would like to learn more about Windows 8, please find the recording here.
This webinar series is being delivered by non-profit Connecting Up in conjunction with TechSoup Asia as part of Microsoft Citizenship’s regional Tech4Good programme. Throughout the next few months there will be a monthly webinar offered to the non-profit sector with topics including Office 2013, SharePoint, cloud computing, and Outlook, Skydrive and Office apps.
Please join us during the webinars to learn more about Microsoft products that can help non-profit organizations run more efficiently and effectively, letting you get back to the work you do best – supporting your beneficiaries.
- 21 March 2013: Microsoft Office (click here for more info and to register)
- 30 April 2013: Microsoft SharePoint (click here for more info and to register)
- 29 May 2013: Cloud computing (click here for more info and to register)
- 20 June 2013: Outlook, Skydrive & Office apps (registration site to come)
This article was originally posted 6 March by Elisa Steele on the Skype’s Big Blog. View a related video.
I love to read and I love stories. I was called a bookworm as a kid, because once I cracked open a book, I just couldn’t put it down until it was done! And, now, I watch with delight when my 12 year old daughter does the same. The hairy feet of a Hobbit. The magical wizarding world of Harry Potter. The journey, joy and hardships of Laura Ingalls’ life across the American prairie. The determined Winnie-the-Pooh finding Eeyore’s perpetually lost tail. Personal memorable moments, the images in our heads and the cherished characters we carry with us are all made possible by the incredible world of books.
Everyone in the world – especially our children – should have a chance to experience the moments in literature that make us laugh, cry, sigh or even shiver with a bit of fear. Stories let us experience great and wonderful things, take us to faraway places, and even allow us to travel through time.
That’s why we’re proud to celebrate World Read Aloud Day. We love that our Skype in the classroom initiative creates new opportunities for youth around the world. As part of Microsoft YouthSpark– our company-wide initiative to empower 300 million youth through opportunities in education, employment, and entrepreneurship – Skype in the classroom lets young people deepen their educational experience through face-to-face connections with other countries and cultures. They get to experience first-hand what life is like in places they might not be able to personally visit. Just like a great book, Skype in the classroom allows students to engage with new ideas and new ways of thinking, breaking down traditional barriers to communication. That’s why we are now offering all teachers who are members of Skype in the classroom to use Skype Group Video Calling – a feature normally available only to our paid Skype Premium subscribers – completely for free. If you’re already a member of Skype in the classroom, you can enable free Group Video Calling now by following these instructions.
We know that by adding free Group Video Calling for registered teachers, we will continue to help support innovation in classrooms around the world and enable students to take part in extraordinary learning experiences. Students in Quebec can practice their Spanish by talking with classes in Madrid and Mexico City; science classes in San Francisco, California, Chicago, Illinois, and Burlington, Vermont, can share their projects with each other live; students in Fort Worth, Texas, can interview a Park Ranger about wildlife conservation together with a pen-pal class in the UK. The possibilities are truly endless.
I am thrilled to also announce a number of well-known authors, celebrities and inspirational business leaders who have agreed to join Tony Bates, President of the Skype Division of Microsoft, and me in the Skype Read Aloud movement. We are working together to have more people read aloud and inspire a love of learning among children of all ages every day. Some of the leaders who have already committed to read a story aloud to classrooms via Skype video calls before the end of this calendar year include Jennifer Aaker, General Atlantic Professor of Marketing at Stanford Graduate School of Business; celebrity stylist Phillip Bloch; Barbara Bush, daughter of President George W. Bush and co-founder and CEO of Global Health Corps, a public health-focused non-profit; Peggy Conlon, President & CEO of the Ad Council; actress Amy Davidson; Jennie Finch, former US Olympic softball player, ESPN color analyst and mom of three; Peace One Day founder Jeremy Gilley; Jeff Goodby, Co-Chairman and Creative Director of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners; Today Show anchor Natalie Morales; Holly Robinson Peete, actor, author, advocate and mom of four; music personality and TV host Matt Pinfield; Jeff Probst, host of “Survivor” and author of “Stranded,” a New York Times best-selling kids adventure book; Lesley Jane Seymour, editor-in-chief of More magazine; actress, author, designer and mommy of 4, Tori Spelling; Barbara Warrington-Murphy, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York; LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner; Grammy Award-winning conductor Eric Whitacre; and British explorer Mark Wood, with others to be announced soon.
Additionally, as an extension of our Skype in the classroom partners program, we are excited to bring aboard two more fantastic organizations, Hot Key Books and Pan Macmillan. Along with our existing publishing partners Penguin Books and Random House, all four companies will be making select authors available to read stories aloud to students via Skype. To see which authors are available and set up a session for your classroom, please click here.
To sign up for Skype in the classroom or for more information, please visit https://education.skype.com.
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