I have another great news to share today.
Certiport , a Pearson VUE business, the leading test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, announced the 2013 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champions in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint, culminating the most popular technology skills competition on Microsoft Office since its inception in 2002.
The 2013 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship attracted more than 344,000 unique candidates from 90 countries who competed to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. 100 student finalists participated in the final round of competition.
And the winner is Himal Shrestha from Nepal won the gold medal.
Left to right: Chan Joyce Yee Jing, Himal Shrestha, Nina Joseph
The other top 10 Microsoft Excel 2010 finalists are:
- Chan Joyce Yee Jing, Hong Kong, silver medal
- Nina Joseph, USA, bronze medal
- Samuel Shie Song Fa, Brunei
- Savanna Robertson, USA
- Chih-Ting Hsieh, Taiwan
- Mukrawee Weraphong, Thailand
- Mahiro Tatsumi, Japan
- Nan Wu, China
- Soojong Kang, South Korea
Certiport recognized gold medalist Himal Shrestha at the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship Student Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. and presented him with a $5,000 scholarship. Chan Joyce Yee Jing received a 2,500 scholarship and Nina Joseph received a $1,000 scholarship.
“More than 650,000 exams were uploaded as part of this competition, so these student winners are truly the best of the best at effectively using Microsoft Office tools,” said Alison Cunard, general manager for Microsoft Learning Experiences Group. “Students worldwide are realizing the benefits of mastering these key productivity skills as they prepare to enter the workforce. Learning industry-leading Microsoft programs helps them to be more productive on the job from day one and that is what employers are looking for today.”
In the concluding round, competitors participated in unique project-based tests to demonstrate their ability to create documents, spreadsheets and presentations for the information presented in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
“In its 12th year, the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship continues to grow in popularity as more students around the world realize the value of earning an industry-recognized technology certification,” said Jim Holm, executive vice president, Certiport. “This year we had a 24 percent increase in the number of participants, and more than 4 million individuals have now taken a Microsoft Specialist exam to validate their skills. Holding the World Champion title will stand out on their resumes as they continue their academic and professional careers.”
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