The Microsoft Skills Lab at Princess Sumaya University for Technology’s King Abdullah II School of Engineering is preparing to graduate its first batch and receive applications for its second session as part of a program that aims to qualify its enrollees for the labor market through internationally accredited training workshops in programming, cloud computing and artificial intelligence.
In this regard, PSUT’s President, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, expressed his happiness at the first product of this pioneering project, which stems from the University’s strategy of giving its students the very best preparation for entering local and international labor markets. He emphasized that the laboratory comes within the directives of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, Chair of the University's Board of Trustees, regarding the necessity of networking with major international institutions and building bridges for cooperation with them.
Al-Refai added that the choice of the Royal Scientific Society as a partner for the program comes from the complementary nature of the relationship between the University and the Society, particularly in the fields of training, projects and scientific research.
The Dean of the School, Dr. Belal Sababha, said that the laboratory aims to build students’ digital and programming capabilities over a period of up to 6 months of working with experts and specialists to develop their basic skills and develop the ability to design and implement modern software solutions. He stated that the program addresses the gap in digital skills in the industry, and takes into account the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The director of the laboratory, Dr. Aws Kanaan, stated that the program requires participants to work in groups to implement practical projects under the supervision of specialists from the University, the Society and Microsoft. More than 40 students applied for the first session, 15 of whom were selected based on the results of the competitive exam, which students must pass in order to be accepted into the program.
Kanaan added that the laboratory is looking forward to diversifying the areas of focus in future sessions of the program, based on the feedback from its participants and employers who are regularly contacted as part of the School's practices in improving its academic programs.
Those enrolled in the course undergo three examinations in addition to carrying out a practical project. They also attend a workshop before taking the final examinations for the course to obtain a Microsoft-certified certificate.
Notably, the laboratory is one of 25 similar laboratories being run in several countries, and PSUT has two training academies, Cisco and Huawei.
Microsoft, which was founded in 1975, is the largest software company in the world, the most famous of its products being Windows and Office. The company has annual revenues of more than 80 billion dollars, and employs over 114 thousand people.