TEDA Strengthens Cooperation with Microsoft China in the Software Industry

TIANJIN, China, Nov. 9 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- On the morning of November 9th, TEDA and Microsoft China (hereinafter referred to as "Microsoft") signed a memorandum on strengthening cooperation and jointly promoting the development of the IT and software industry in TEDA (Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area). This move will further facilitate bringing the two parties' competitive advantages into play, accelerating the construction of "the base for the service-outsourcing industry in TEDA" and improving TEDA's comprehensive international competitiveness. Mr. Eugenio Beaufrand, COO, and Mr. Zhang Ruichang, CTE and President of the Public Utilities Department, both in charge of the Microsoft Great China Region, attended the signing ceremony among others.

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The cooperation between TEDA covers quite an extensive scope, involving personnel training, e-government, IT construction, protection of IPR and cooperation in investment.

Based on the cooperation memorandum, both parties will co-build the Tianjin Software (Microsoft technology) Training Base and strengthen cooperation in training software engineers. The Tianjin Software (Microsoft technology) Training Base will be oriented to the demands of software companies in TEDA, with software engineers and construction requirements for a software-outsourcing base. It will cater to students from institutions of higher education in Tianjin by aiming to enhance students' practical abilities, narrowing the differences in education between the job market and the needs of corporate posts, by helping graduates from institutions of higher education to find jobs, by diminishing the shortage of practical skilled personnel in the development of software-outsourcing services and by promoting the development of the software industry in TEDA.

TEDA has chosen Microsoft as one of the major software platform manufacturers for information fields such as e-government and digital city administration so as to strengthen both parties' cooperation in these fields and further improve its digitalized environment.

The two parties will also cooperate to protect IPR and promote genuine versions of software. The two parties will make a joint marketing plan and continue to create good environment for the protection of software through education, training, promotion and targeted campaigns.

Microsoft established its Beijing representative office in 1992 and Microsoft China in 1995. Thus far, the number of its formal employees in China has surpassed 2,000. Microsoft China has become the subsidiary of Microsoft with the most comprehensive institutional setup and the most complete functional ability beyond its headquarters. Microsoft China has been devoting itself to strengthening its close association with the government and its cooperation partners and customers; supporting China's IT construction through funding, technology, talent and the market; promoting development of the local software ecological system and IT industry; and advancing innovation and construction of a harmonious society.

So far, the service-outsourcing industry is showing good development momentum and TEDA has become one of the three model service-outsourcing bases in Tianjin. In order to align to Tianjin's strategy of developing a service-outsourcing industry, TEDA has formulated a development plan to promote the development of the service-outsourcing industry, with a focus on fostering and supporting projects which are in line with the development direction of its service-outsourcing industry. In the plan, TEDA pays special attention to making a long-term and flexible plan for supplying and training human resources. Cooperation with Microsoft serves as an important measure of TEDA's ability to open channels, consolidate resources, accelerate introduction, and cultivate talented personnel for service outsourcing.

Source: Tianjin Economic and Technological Development Area
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