Arjit Kansal, a 16 year old from India, has won the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist World Champion in Microsoft PowerPoint 2010. Arjit beat out 400,000 competitors worldwide, and 123 finalists to win the championship.
Pongsatorn Dhanabordeephat, Thailand stood at the second place, while Phuc Duy Tran, Vietnam was third. Arjit also won a $5,000 scholarship.
“Microsoft Office Specialist certification gives students a way to become tangibly prepared for college or a career,” said Margo Day, vice president of US education at Microsoft. “Today’s job market requires computer proficiency and all individuals who earn certification have a valuable credential proving their skills. We congratulate the top winners for their extra efforts and look forward to seeing how they put their superior Microsoft Office skills to use in their future endeavors.”
In the concluding round, competitors participated in project-based tests to demonstrate their ability to create presentations for the information presented in PowerPoint.
“More than 740,000 exams were uploaded as part of this competition, and the MOS World Champions are tops in an elite group of individuals who know how to use Microsoft Office tools effectively,” said Bob Whelan, president and chief executive officer for Pearson VUE. “Microsoft Office Specialist certification continues to grow in popularity all over the world, allowing more students to prove they have the academic and workforce skills to succeed.”
The 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship will be held in Dallas, Texas.