A Malaysian student emerged world champion after he won a competition in mastering Microsoft Word 2010.
Clement Ng Chwin Chiat bagged a US$5,000 scholarship in the 2011 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office that attracted about 228,000 participants from 57 countries who competed to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products.
Certiport, the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and programme management services, and organiser of the competition named the student as the winner at a ceremony in San Diego, California, on Tuesday.
It also announced the champions for other categories, namely Chen Xing of China in Microsoft Excel 2010, Japanese Mizuki Terao (Microsoft Word 2007), Briton Rebecca Rickwood (Microsoft Excel 2007) and Taiwanese Liao Yu-Xuan (Microsoft PowerPoint 2007).
In a statement emailed to Bernama, Certiport said the participants competed to demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products and 79 student finalists from 29 countries participated in the final round of the competition.
In the concluding round of Microsoft Word 2010, competitors participated in timed, unique tests to demonstrate their ability to create documents for the information presented in the Word.
And, Ng took the first spot in the last top 10 Microsoft Word 2010 finalists who included students from Singapore, Taiwan, Canada, the United States, China and Thailand.
This year, Certiport added a new component to the competition with each Word 2010 contestant required to take the standard 2010 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Word examination and was also asked to recreate an existing Word 2010 document from a provided printed example.
"We held the competition to motivate and recognise students for mastering key technical skills that will help them excel in college and build their resume," said Ray Kelly, Certiport Chief Executive Officer.
Impressed with the winners who would hold the title of "World Champion", he said it would be a valuable asset to them as they continue their professional lives.
Kelly said the Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office, which was in its 10th year, continued to grow in popularity as the number of students who participated from all over the world this year increased 49 per cent compared to 2010.
Microsoft Corp Office Product Management Group Corporate Vice-President Takeshi Numoto said he was impressed by the calibre of students from all over the world who had learned advanced certifiable Microsoft skills.
"It was great to see so many students mastering Microsoft Office 2010," he said, adding that Office was used on more than one billion personal computers worldwide.
Numoto said students who used these desktop applications for school assignments and on the job would realise that it could increase their productivity and efficiency. Next year, Certiport will host the 2012 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office in Las Vegas. - Bernama