Thailand Government Chooses Office 365 For Students Nationwide.
The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) and Microsoft (Thailand) Limited, during Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding that shall lead to them providing over 8 million students and 400,000 teachers across Thailand with free access to Microsoft Office 365 for education. This agreement, which will also include the extension of the highly successful Partners in Learning initiative 2019, represents the single biggest acloud service deployment for Microsoft in the education sector globally.
“OBEC and Microsoft have enjoyed 10 years of collaboration for the betterment of Thailand’s future under Partners in Learning,” said OBEC Senior Advisor in Technology for Teaching and Learning Anek Ratpiyapaporn. “
The 11th National Economic and Social Development Plan states that Thailand’s top priority is to develop its human resources through improvement in education. Microsoft’s support will ensure that educators and students are empowered with solutions and platforms that are aligned with their needs.
“This initiative will play a key role in our preparations for ASEAN Economic Community integration and drive the development of 21st century skills that are vital to the Smart Thailand 2020 strategy, whose key objective is to foster sustainable national growth and raise the standard of living through technology,” Ratpiyapaporn added.
Originated during 2003, Parners in learning a a global Microsoft program that cultivates innovative use of technology in education to help students and teachers around the world to maximize their potential. so far, the program has provided training up to more than 12 million educator and enhanced the learning experience of over 200 million students within 119 countries. With Thailand, Partners in Learning has reached out to more than 164,000 teachers and 8 million students across 39,000 school nationwide.
Haresh Khoobchandani, managing director of Microsoft (Thailand), said, “Microsoft has always seen technology as an important enabler of quality education, and this memorandum of understanding underscores our long-term commitment to Thailand and our vision of a holistic transformation of the Thai education system. Throughout Microsoft’s 20 years in Thailand, we have invested $5.2 million (156 million THB) in Thai education as part of our vision of We Make 70 Million Lives Better. This dedication to education in Thailand is part of our global YouthSpark initiative to help young people capture opportunities, to learn skills, to prepare for the jobs of the future or even to start their own business.
“Two million university students and staff members are already taking advantage of cloud technology through Office 365 for education, and this landmark partnership with OBEC will increase the number of users to more than 10 million,” Khoobchandani continued. “This enables schools and universities across Thailand to create massive repositories of knowledge that can be accessed and shared anywhere, any time, and on any device in a secured and trusted environment.”
With this memorandum of understanding, schools that are under the OBEC Jurisdiction will gain access to Office 265 for education, giving students and teachers alike the capability to create, connect and collaborate on an advanced and enterprise-ready cloud platform that is safe and secured. A 2013 IDC study that was commissioned by Microsoft found that over 29 percent of high growth or salary occupations calls for Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office-related skills, such as word processing, spreadsheets and financial reporting.