About seventeen African countries including Senegal, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, Angola, Zimbabwe, Cape Verde, Rwanda, Mauritius, South Africa, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Morocco are to benefit from Student Advantage programme just launched by the software giant  Microsoft.

With student Advantage, qualifying institutions that subscribe to Office 365 ProPlus or Office Professional Plus for all staff and faculties can also provide students with access to Office 365 ProPlus at no additional cost. Office 365 ProPlus includes all the familiar and full Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher, InfoPath and Lync, which can be locally installed on up to five devices and are available offline.

The vice President of Microsoft for education, Anthony Salcito who announced the capacity building initiative during his visit to Tunisia,   said that,  “Students use Microsoft Office every day to complete their most important academic tasks. Having access to Office 365 will allow them to not only become familiar with the technologies they will find in the workplace, but to also have skills that are now essential to employers,”

In  an  intimate meeting with students from various regions across the country, Salcito  who unveiled the components and benefits of this new programme said that it was part of  Microsoft’s commitment to participate in the modernisation of teaching methods and improve the employability of youth.

Microsoft’s corporate commitment to youth in Africa underpins many of its regional programmes, including YouthSpark and the 4Afrika Initiative. Both programmes share common goals, including improving access to technology, boosting skills and igniting African innovation for the continent and the world.