The Catholic International Education Office (OIEC) recently entered into an education alliance with Microsoft Corp. to provide Office 365 for its community of Catholic schools across the world as part of a new Social Network for Catholic Education. This will begin with provision of software for 4.5 million students as part of a 3 year alliance plan but in time has the potential to scale across OIEC’s community of more than 43 million Catholic students, at 210,000 schools, in 102 countries. The new network will provide innovative software and services, training and access, to technologies that will better prepare students for the jobs of the future.
OIEC’s mission includes the promotion of education for all, collaboration within academic communities, and the fight against illiteracy worldwide. In an ever-evolving technology landscape, educators in the 21st century face continuing challenges to build skills among teachers, and provide students with the tools and knowledge they need to be successful. Working closely with schools around the globe for more than 20 years, Microsoft has a deep appreciation for these challenges. Based on experience, Microsoft currently takes a holistic approach to working with schools, one that’s focused on improving educational outcomes for both students and educators that will have the greatest impact in the classroom.