Microsoft Singapore and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) signed yesterday a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), outlining a partnership framework to boost ITE's efforts in one-to-one learning across its three colleges.
The one-to-one learning programme will grant each student access to an intuitive touch-based Windows learning device and cloud-based software, revolutionising the learning experience and extending learning beyond the classroom, said the software company.
It added that over 20,000 ITE students and 1,500 staff members across three colleges stand to benefit from this. The pilot programme will begin in early 2015, test-driven by a batch of more than 1,000 students across four courses.
Under the Microsoft Student Partners Programme, students can access IT-related internship opportunities at Microsoft. And to allow educators and students to explore creative teaching and learning approaches with the use of technology, Microsoft is working on specific innovation initiatives, including the setting up of iLAB at ITE Central College. Microsoft will also tie up with ITE College East to share cybercrime knowledge from its Digital Crime Unit.
The partnership framework supports recommendations by the Applied Study in Polytechnics and ITE Review (ASPIRE) committee to enhance industry linkages for the provision of work-relevant training to students, according to Microsoft. It also enables students to innovate to realise their full potential.
"IT is the enabling technology of the 21st century. ITE's partnership with Microsoft has enabled us to re-look at our teaching and learning, focusing on students' critical thinking and problem- solving skills; communication; creativity and innovation; information and media literacy," said Bruce Poh, Director and CEO of ITE.
Jessica Tan, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore, added that technology has the capability to empower youth. She said, "We do this by providing tools and resources to support Singapore educators in developing essential skills to help our youths maximise their potential and be workforce-ready. Besides providing Microsoft's technological expertise, we are more importantly involving our ecosystem of local and international partners, leveraging partner and platform innovations to support talent development."
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