HEC and Microsoft Launched AI Skilling Program and Founders Hub in Pakistan.
Islamabad witnessed a landmark moment for tech-driven education as the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Microsoft cemented their partnership with the Education Transformation Agreement (ETA).
This powerhouse collaboration boasts impactful figures, promising to equip Pakistani youth with the tools and skills to thrive in the AI-driven era.
Numbers that Ignite Innovation:
- Student-led innovation platform: The Imagine Cup has empowered over 17 million students worldwide to bring their creative ideas to life. In Pakistan alone, 4,000 students participated in the 2023 competition, showcasing their potential to solve real-world problems.
- Nurturing future entrepreneurs: The Founders Hub will provide incubation and mentorship to Pakistani students, aiming to cultivate 500 high-impact startups within the next three years. This will fuel the nation’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and generate thousands of jobs.
- Equipping for the future: The AI Skilling program targets upskilling 100,000 students across Pakistani universities in essential AI skills, preparing them for careers in this rapidly evolving field. This initiative addresses the global demand for 133 million AI jobs by 2025.
Words that Shape the Future:
- “In this AI-driven era, we are on the cusp of a major educational transformation. Our joint efforts with HEC through the ETA symbolize our dedication to nurturing innovation and preparing the youth with essential future skills,” says Jibran Jamshad, Microsoft’s Country Principal Officer and regional Education Lead.
- Dr. Zia Ul Qayyum, Executive Director of HEC, emphasizes the importance of the Founders Hub & AI Skilling in shaping an “insightful and collaborative future in education and technology.”
- Hassan Nasir Jamy, the Federal Secretary for IT and telecommunication, highlights the critical role of Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence, stating, “Adopting IT and AI is more than a choice; it’s a strategic necessity that guides our progress and opens up new horizons, leading to a future rich in innovation, efficiency, and boundless opportunities.”
This is not just a collaboration; it’s a revolution in the making.
With concrete numbers and powerful quotes, the future of Pakistan’s education appears bright, fueled by the transformative power of technology and the unwavering commitment of two industry giants.
This partnership empowers students, fosters innovation, and equips them for a future teeming with possibilities.
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