Microsoft and HEC Forge Alliance to Foster Tech Leadership

Microsoft Pakistan orchestrated a collaborative gathering at the Auditorium, HEC Headquarters in Islamabad, under the theme “Bridging the Academia-Industry Gap.” The event, aimed at cultivating synergy between academia and industry, aimed to equip graduates with the necessary skills to excel in today’s dynamic workplace.

Dr. Zia Ul-Qayyum, Executive Director of the Higher Education Commission, kickstarted the proceedings with a warm welcome address. This was followed by an enlightening keynote from Jaye Richards Hill, Microsoft’s Director of Education Industry for Central Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Hill underscored the significance of this partnership, emphasizing its potential to shape future tech leaders.

Mr. Jibran Jamshad then took the stage to shed light on Microsoft’s latest advancements in AI. Drawing from a recent survey by the World Talent Initiative, Jamshad highlighted the surging adoption of AI tools among knowledge workers, with a staggering 75% incorporating them into their daily routines. Furthermore, he outlined the growing demand for AI skills in domains such as cybersecurity, engineering, and design, debunking fears of job displacement by emphasizing the opportunities AI presents for upskilling and career advancement.

The event also showcased innovation through a presentation by Team Sign Saathi, a group of GIKI students whose project reached the global semi-finals of the Imagine Cup. Dignitaries had the privilege of witnessing top Imagine Cup projects, celebrating the ingenuity of young minds.

Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman of the Higher Education Commission, and the esteemed Chief Guest, Mr. Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Chairman of the Prime Minister Youth Program, shared their insights on the transformative power of technology in empowering Pakistan’s youth.

A momentous occasion, the event marked the launch of Microsoft Copilot, Microsoft Learn for Educators, and Microsoft for Startups – Founders Hub, in the presence of esteemed Vice Chancellors of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). This initiative underscores Microsoft’s commitment to nurturing academic excellence and fostering the next generation of tech leaders in Pakistan.

The event culminated in a networking session, fostering meaningful connections between academia and industry stalwarts, poised to drive innovation and progress in the tech landscape.

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