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Microsoft visit UOWD to showcase graduate opportunities

Sunday, 16 February, 2014

Representatives from Microsoft Gulf  have conducted an information and training session at the University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) to showcase the various professional development and graduate employment schemes that are on offer with the global technology firm.

Raihana Alhashmi, from Microsoft’s Academia and Startups team provided an overview of the Microsoft Student Partners program, which offers university students the chance to act as technology ambassadors on campus, with the support of dedicated mentors within Microsoft. It also provides exposure to unique training and development opportunities through monthly assignments and challenges.

Raihana also introduced the new Fursati scheme, an initiative that will link technology savvy students with employment opportunities through a structured program of activities, including skills development, career networking, and a 3-month internship with the company. 

Following the briefing, students were treated to a live training session in app development for Windows Phone 8, from Microsoft’s Developer Program Manager, Shamlia Shukkur.

The event was organised by a group of UOWD students who have been selected for this year’s Microsoft Student Partners initiative. Having come through a rigorous selection process, the nine participants are now working on individual and team-based challenges to demonstrate their passion for technology, with the hope of being selected for the prestigious Fursati program.

Artaza Aziz, one of the Student Partners involved in organising the session said. “The MSP initiative is an excellent opportunity to learn more about technology from one of the industry leaders, while gaining exposure to a wide range of companies operating in the field. It is also a great platform for selection to the Fursati scheme, which could open up a number of exciting career opportunities.”