Filipino students access to free software

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Filipino students access to free software

By Lynda B. Valencia

To unlock the country’s college students their creative potential and set them on the path to academic and career success, Microsoft Philippines today launched a software giveaway that provides them access to the latest Microsoft developer and designer tools at no charge.

The Microsoft DreamSpark student program (http://channel8.msdn.com) makes available a broad range of development and design software for download. “Looking at the kind of technology that we have today, we expect to see bigger and better innovation to come, and our students today will play a major role in this,” said Tim Vergel de Dios, Academic Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Philippines. “Microsoft DreamSpark is our way of equipping the next generation of technology leaders with tools that will not only help them improve their skill, but also enable them to make use of technology in life-changing ways that will benefit the community and spur economic growth,” he said.

The program was initially offered to more than 35 million college students in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S. earlier this year. Now, Microsoft DreamSpark is also available to all Filipino student members of the Junior Philippine Computer Society (JPCS), the only national student Information Technology (IT) organization in the country. JPCS is open to all college students who are interested in IT and developing their technical and leadership skills.

The organization currently has over 4,000 members coming from universities and colleges around the country. According to Vergel de Dios, Microsoft partnered with JPCS to ensure that they can reach out to students focusing on technology, design, math, science and engineering. “Expansion of the program to include all tertiary students will continue throughout the coming years,” he said.

The following cutting-edge software will be available to empower students to unlock their ingenuity by building critical skills — Microsoft developer tools, designer tools, and platform resources. “Students today are very technical, and this can be seen in our lifestyle and interests, as well as in what is expected of us when we enter the workplace. Here is an opportunity for students like me to be familiar with the same professional tools that we will be using when we graduate and enter the industry,” said John Paul Sibug, President, Junior Philippine Computer Society (JPCS).

He added,”This gives us a real advantage as we start our careers. Microsoft DreamSpark lets us apply what we’re learning inside the classroom to gain new insights into software design and development. According to an International Data Corporation (IDC) study of the economic impact of IT across 82 countries and regions, technological innovation is a critical economic growth engine and is expected to generate 7.1 million new jobs in the global economy over the next four years. The IT employment base is also expected to grow to 42.5 million people.

On the other hand, John Gantz, chief research officer of IDC, said, “Technology is the ignition key for job growth, economic development and creating sustainable solutions to global problems.” “The emerging economies are forecast to drive over 25 percent of the new IT jobs over the next four years. These jobs will be driven by an evolving, highly skilled labor force,” he said.

Microsoft is working with academic institutions, governments and student associations around the world to ensure the necessary local identity-verification technology infrastructure exists to bring Microsoft DreamSpark to all students.

Story courtesy of PNA

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