Microsoft is now officially committed to becoming a partner of the Eurometropolitan e-campus, the future centre of higher education dedicated to Internet-based professions and new technologies.
On 8 June 2011, the Wallonia-Picardy economic development board signed a collaboration agreement with Microsoft. In the context of the development of the new Eurometropolitan campus, Microsoft will become a member of the steering committee responsible for the planning and analysis of the work needing to be done to realise this project. "We will be bringing in our know-how, helping to promote a technology-based learning environment", said Jean Philippe Courtois, President of Microsoft International. Further partnerships of a similar scale will soon be signed, ensuring that future students benefit from a state-of-the-art course programme.
First students in September 2011!
The first students are scheduled to start their courses next September. While the e-campus is under construction, the first batch of students will be studying on the premises of the "Negundo" Innovation Centre located at Orcq (Tournai). The students belonging to this first batch come from the digital graphics courses of Tournai's Académie des Beaux-Arts and the e-business section of the Province's Condorcet Haute Ecole.
Subsequent courses will focus on such areas as e-architecture, e-design, e-logistics or e-commerce. Rudy Demotte, president of the Eurometropolis Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai, spoke of his ambition to create a whole range of IT graduate courses in the long term. Construction of the e-campus at Camphin-Lamain is expected to start in 2018.