ISLAMABAD: Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan and Microsoft will now be providing students a Certification from Home Platform for Microsoft Certifications.
An agreement was reached between HEC and Microsoft to provide certifications free of cost to the first 2,000 students who register for the opportunity.
The initiative was hailed as a stepping stone to bridge the gap between education and employment. It was also lauded for helping students acquire professional skills amid the pandemic.
Microsoft and HEC have been working together in a strategic partnership over the last decade to promote the use of information technology in the higher education sector.
The partnership covers all public and private sector universities in the country, with multiple programmes aimed at providing youth with multiple platforms which can be used to help build their capacity and showcase their technical potential at a global level.
Under this strategic partnership, a certification platform has been launched to provide students with a prescribed curriculum roadmap, a kind of a blueprint for technology skill development and certification. Specific areas of study include Productivity, Computer Science, Data Science, and IT Infrastructure.
The offered certifications of MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate) and MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) provide useful credentials for individuals seeking to validate their skills and advance their careers.
The exams covered include all the productivity tools under Office 365, but also cover tech focused certification paths, such as Cloud Fundamental courses covering Azure Fundamentals, Dynamics 365 Fundamentals and Microsoft 365 Fundamentals.