Microsoft and ORT Partnership Enhances 21st Century Education
May 13, 2011 (New York, NY) – At the 8th European Forum of Microsoft's Partners in Learning in Moscow, President of Microsoft Russia, Dr. Nikolay Pryanishnikov, and the Director of ORT Russia, Dr. Sergey Gorinskiy, signed a memorandum of understanding (or MoU) that commits their organizations to share information technologies and promote educational innovation.
"The MoU intensifies our collaboration with the world's technology giant," said Shelley B. Fagel, National President of ORT America, whose donors are key supporters of ORT's programs in The Baltic and Independent States (CIS). “This partnership also provides our 27,000 students in the region with an opportunity to learn on the most innovative technologies, using modern communication tools."
Microsoft has been collaborating with the schools in this part of the world for 20 years, providing them with information technology and discounted software.
The ORT de Gunzburg High School has benefited from Microsoft's support since 2009 when it became the only one in Russia to be selected by the corporation as a Pathfinder School. Microsoft provided SharePoint software, which consolidates intranet, extranet, and Internet sites on a single platform.
Last year, the ORT Kiev Technology Lyceum in Ukraine joined the Partners in Learning program, and the MoU raises the possibility of the best schools in ORT's network in the CIS to join the global Partners in Learning Innovative Schools program.
"ORT is one of the largest educational networks in the world; its activities overlap Microsoft's mission of promoting the transformation of education, which indicates the great potential there is for the two organizations to interact both in Russia and around the world," said Igor Balandin, Director of Education at Microsoft Russia.