Public Authority for Applied Education and Training to Boost Students and Lecturers’ Productivity with Office 365 for Education

In line with the belief in the importance of leveraging technology to develop employable skills to prepare youth for a stronger future, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) has announced that Microsoft Office 365 product is now deployed and ready to be used by the establishment’s students, faculty, and staff.

The new Microsoft office 365 which was installed at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) is considered to be the largest deployment of Office 365 in Kuwait. Over 60 thousand users between students, faculty, and staff will be able to make full use of the great benefits this program offers.

Office 365 provides a variety of services, including business class e-mail, cloud storage and file sharing, in addition to the Microsoft Office suite. Students, faculty and staff at PAAET campuses will now be able to work from anywhere, as Microsoft’s cutting-edge technology makes it possible to centrally manage connections more easily and efficiently.

Facilities now available to all PAAET students and educators include an email account for their college or institute, 1 TB of cloud storage, 15 copies of free Office applications, and some education-focused applications. Office 365 pushes for collaboration between educators and students in and out of the classroom, and drives for collaboration between students.

Dr. Ahmed Al-Athari, the Director General of PAAET, said: “Technology is a critical component in ensuring that we deliver the highest quality educational experience to our students, while enabling them, and their teachers, to connect at their convenience. Microsoft offers the best solution for our needs with Office 365, which will empower our faculty, students and staff with greater access to essential functions.”

Charles Nahas, Microsoft Kuwait’s General Manager, said: “Microsoft is committed to supporting the education sector, and Office 365 is proving to be very beneficial for both students and faculty. As a technology enabler, Microsoft works with educational institutions to provide the technology tools that can transform the experience. With the mix of applications and tools in Office 365, PAAET students and faculty will find solutions that will help them be more efficient and effective in their roles”.

“Our engagement with the Authority has given us improved insights into the specific requirements of public organisations, and how technology can help create efficiencies. We believe that this solution set can be effectively translated into other usage scenarios with other organisations and authorities, directly contributing to the technological advancement of the public sector in Kuwait.” Nahas added.

Microsoft takes a holistic and long-term approach to supporting education and is working closely with governments, educators, parents, students and NGOs in Kuwait to open up access to technology that can improve the quality of teaching as well as the learning experience for students of all ages.

Kuwait Girls in Tech meet up at Sirdab Lab

Welcome! Girls in Technology wants to support girls around the country for a successful future in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industry.

About Girls in Technology
Girls in Tech (GIT) is led by a committee of women in Kuwait who are dedicated to initiating programs designed to create awareness, excitement, educate and inspire girls to the vast array of opportunities available to women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Program speakers, mentors and committee members volunteer their time to make a difference in the lives of our future generation.

Register to attend the event at:

App Academy Workshop Tour Makes a Stop in Kuwait!

Day #1: App Academy for Developers (April 29, 2014)
Come and see what’s new for developers in the Microsoft ecosystem. We are bringing to you all the news from the Build 2014 event with important updates like Windows Phone 8.1, Universal Apps Development, Microsoft Azure new services, Visual Studio 2013 Update 2, Windows 8.1 Update, Xamarin integration, WinJS for multiple platforms and much more. Don’t miss this opportunity to know more about how we are transforming into a devices and services company and what is our future roadmap. 
Day #2: App Academy for Line of Business Applications (April 30, 2014)
Come and see what’s new for developers in the Microsoft ecosystem. We are bringing to you all the news from the Build 2014 event with important updates like Windows Phone 8.1 for Enterprise, Universal Apps, Microsoft Azure new services, Visual Studio 2013 Update 2, Windows 8.1 Update for Desktop users, multiplatform development, LOB apps for Industry and Embedded Solutions. Don’t miss this opportunity to know more about how we are transforming into a devices and services company and what is our future roadmap.
Workshop Location:
 Holiday Inn Salmiya – Al Amwaj Ballroom
 Salmiya, Kuwait
 Tuesday, April 29, 2014 from 09:00 to 17:00

Microsoft at Gulf Educational Supplies and Solutions Expo


Gulf cordially invites you to attend the
Educational Supplies and Solutions (GESS 2014)
Microsoft Gulf
will showcase a wide range of its educational solutions and programs including Windows
, Office365 and the recent announcement of Student Advantage.
In terms of programs we will present our flagship network and learning program-
Partners in Learning, Shape the future initiative and IT
. Most importantly, we will showcase our latest devices from various
OEM vendors particularly in our strength of hybrid devices and our growing apps
dedicated to education needs. Microsoft empowers students, giving them an
experience with the tools they’ll use throughout their education and into the

To register for this exciting event, simply click here. If you’d like more
information about GESS 2014 please visit I
am looking forward to seeing you at GESS 2014.
show, the only
show in the Middle East’s that is designed for all educational professionals
and provides the complete platform to various educational needs, from early
years to Higher Education across the full range of educational categories. GESS
2014 will run from March 4- 6, 2014 at the Dubai World Trade Center, UAE.

Last year, GESS 2013 had increased attendance of over 20% with 300 exhibitors from
35 countries and over 7,000 education professionals from across Middle East
& Africa that will visit along with ministerial delegations from UAE,
Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The GESS show is a
special event that provides the perfect platform to network and do business as
it brings together the entire education sector.


Dubai World Trade Center
Hall 7, Stand K20

hereMarch 4-6th, 2014

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Startup Weekend Kuwait 2014

Last year’s Startup Weekend Kuwait was a huge success with 10 MVPs completed in 54 hours. This year, we are ready to kick off the 3-day event that aims to help in the emergence and growth of empowered entrepreneurs in the region. Entrepreneurs, coders, designers, and startup enthusiast will get first-hand experience from exchanging knowledge and expertise with like-minded entrepreneurs to building an active startup.

Who should attend?
Startup Weekend attendees can have technical or non-technical backgrounds. You will be able to form teams on the event’s first day, right after pitches are made.

What kind of background do I need?
While it is your objective to build a web/mobile app over the weekend, you do NOT need a technical background to attend. You can form a team with someone who does. Similarly, you do NOT need to have an idea to attend. You can form a team with someone who does.

The event is free of charge and open to everyone. It will be held on February 6-8, 2014 at the College of Engineering Building in Kuwait University – Khaldiya Campus.

You can find more information, including how to register, on the SW Kuwait website:

Microsoft SkyDrive is now OneDrive

In case you missed the news today – SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro will soon become OneDrive and OneDrive for Business!

Current users of SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro are all set. The service will continue to operate as you expect and all of your content will be available on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business as the new name rolls out.

Be sure to join us at SharePoint Conference, March 3 – 6 in Las Vegas to learn more about what is coming with OneDrive for Business.

Join the IT Academy “College & Career Readiness” Virtual Event


On February 13 and 18, Microsoft IT Academy will host a special 2-hour virtual event to help global technology educators learn about the value of certification (MOS, MTA and MCP) and how to effectively guide college and career-minded students toward a successful future in higher education or in the IT and developer technology fields.

Sessions include:
– The Global Skills Gap, Job Market Landscape and Opportunities
– Today’s Technology Curriculum in the Classroom and Online
– Technology for Everyone: Validating Student Success in Microsoft Office
– Entry-level Technology for College and Career-minded Students
– Technology Certifications that Get Recognized
– Resume Building and Interview Techniques

Choose the event time that fits your schedule: 

Thursday, February 13 | 8:00 – 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time | Add this event to your calendar
February 18th from 12:00-14:00 Asia/Singapore/ 15:00-17:00 PM Sydney | Add this event to your calendar

Join us and sign up for free at: