Qatar MoEHE signs MoU with Microsoft, Starlink to promote technology in education

The aim is to strengthen public-private partnership and facilitate access to every student and teacher in the country to a smart device with necessary features to develop their digital capabilities 

Doha, Feb 25, 2023: Qatar Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE), Microsoft Qatar and Starlink have signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding to enhance cooperation in accelerating technology adoption in the education sector in Qatar. 

The MoU was signed by Dr. Ibrahim Bin Saleh Al Nuaimi, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education; Lana Khalaf, General Manager of Microsoft Qatar and Munera Fahad Al Dosari, CEO of Starlink.  

By signing the MoU, the ministry aims to activate and strengthen the public-private partnership and develop the blended learning model through modern technical tools and resources, especially since the cooperation falls within the ministry’s strategy for e-learning, and in line with the human development pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030. 

Dr. Al Nuaimi said that the partnership with Microsoft and Starlink aims to provide the education system with expertise and best practices to enhance innovation and creativity and enable students and teachers to actively participate in the educational process. 

He added that this cooperation would accelerate the implementation of the Ministry’s e-learning strategy and enhance the innovation of solutions that facilitate the learning and teaching process using technology, which increases students’ motivation and passion, and enhances their interaction with educational resources. He pointed out that this cooperation will enable everyone to obtain Microsoft educational devices and technologies to make the most of the advantages of electronic learning and education, in a way that enhances the capabilities and aspirations of students and teachers, as it mainly targets students who are not equipped with these devices. 

Furthermore, MoEHE intends to launch an initiative to enable students, teachers and academic staff to benefit from Microsoft devices and technologies. 

Khalaf said that this initiative falls within the framework of MoEHE’s efforts to implement the e-learning strategy by facilitating access to every student and teacher in Qatar to a smart (Surface) device with all the educational features necessary to develop their digital capabilities and prepare them for the market and the digital future. 

Al Dosari explained that Starlink established an online sales platform for this initiative with affordable payment plans and many other benefits to facilitate the process of choosing the appropriate package for each individual, noting that the initiative, which will be launched soon, will provide an opportunity for students, teachers and parents to obtain educational packages that include surface devices, programs and applications with different specifications at very low prices.