The Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Microsoft solidified their commitment to transforming education in Pakistan through the signing of the Education Transformation Agreement (ETA).
The ceremony marked a pivotal moment in the longstanding collaboration between the two entities. The ETA aims to propel technological education in the country into the future, aligning with the demands of the artificial intelligence era.
The event kicked off in Islamabad with a welcome address by Dr. Zia Ul Qayyum, Executive Director of HEC, setting the stage for a day filled with insightful discussions and partnerships
The event also witnessed the launch of the Imagine Cup competition, Founders Hub, and AI Skilling for students. Participants in these initiatives will showcase their innovative projects and entrepreneurial endeavors, adding a practical dimension to the collaborative effort.
Speaking at the ceremony, Federal Secretary for the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication Hassan Nasir Jamy emphasized the strategic importance of embracing Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in today’s rapidly advancing world.
In his speech, Jamy stated “Embracing Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence is not just a choice; it’s a strategic imperative in our rapidly advancing world. These innovations act as a compass, guiding us through progress and unlocking new frontiers, shaping a future marked by innovation, efficiency, and endless possibilities.”
Jibran Jamshad, Country Principal Officer & Regional Education Lead at Microsoft, also joined the event.
“In the era of AI, education stands at the threshold of unprecedented transformation. The collaboration between Microsoft and HEC through the Education Transformation Agreement is a testament to our commitment to fostering innovation and equipping the youth with the skills needed for the future,” Jibran Jamshad said.
Prof. Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad, Chairman of HEC, expressed optimism about the collaboration, stating, “The ETA with Microsoft represents a commitment to embracing technology in education and fostering a culture of innovation. This collaboration is enabling us to create a dynamic and adaptive learning environment for our students.”