In an effort to help higher education institutions support economic stimulus prgrams and work-force development strategies, Microsoft Corp. has committed up to $50 million in higher education resources, training and certifications through the Microsoft Education Alliance Program agreement.

The pledge involves free software and certifications, rather than cash.
The announcement was made at a one-day forum jointly organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and Microsoft. It collected more than 150 ministers of education, senior education officials and policy advisors to discuss how governments and universities can take full advantage of e-technology’s potential to address the current knowledge and skills challenges facing higher education.

Additional information about the Microsoft resources available can be found on the Web.

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