Global IT giant Microsoft on Tuesday hosted a seminar in Lahore to showcase advancements and emerging technologies in education. The seminar, titled Microsoft Edu Day 2019, was held in partnership with Punjab School Education Department, Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) and Punjab Group of Colleges.

The seminar was arranged to bring together global and regional technological experts together to present the latest technology designed specifically for the education sector, which would help promote immersive, inclusive learning per the needs of the 21st century.

Besides others, Punjab Minister for School Education Murad Raas, TEVTA Punjab Chairman Ali Salman Siddiqui, Sindh Education Foundation Director Technical Shahpara Rizvi, Advisor to Punjab Education Minister Aasiya Khurram Agha, Higher Education Commission consultant Asif Shahid Khan, Microsoft Country General Manger Abid Zaidi, Microsoft Country Education Lead Jibran Jamshad and Microsoft Education Transformation Lead Jaye Richards-Hill attended the event.

The seminar proved to be an apt platform for exploring avenues of potential partnerships with the technology giant in order to empower the growing number of youths in the country.

“Developing digital skills from the primary level has become a necessity as youth navigate an increasingly technological world. With technology in the classrooms, learners can develop digital skills for the 21st century job market,” Punjab School Education Minister Murad Raas said. “While it’s essential that learners are unskilled, it’s also important that educators are empowered and provided with adequate resources to successfully carry out lessons in the classroom.”

Some of the technologies put up for display at Microsoft Edu Day 2019 included Office 365, Azure, Microsoft Imagine Academy Certifications and Microsoft Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Campus Management Solutions, which are designed to drive better learning outcomes, more productive classroom time, and effective institutions.

“Technologies such as Microsoft Teams, Minecraft and OneNote have played a big part in redefining learning through creating immersive and inclusive learning experiences that inspire lifelong learning,” Abid Zaidi, Microsoft’s country general manager said.

In addition to the technology showcase, Microsoft also announced the E2 Educators Exchange competition for local Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEs). The competition will give local education leaders the opportunity to attend E2 in Sydney, Australia, in 2020, and meet with global educators to explore industry trends and emerging technologies.

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