Microsoft and Waseda University, one of Japan's top universities, signed a provisional agreement under which the two will co-operate in training of computer software engineers.
The training programme will include a course in Windows security, to be offered from April 2004, which will include a series of lectures given by Microsoft Japan engineers.
Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft, said there will be the possibility of internships at Microsoft for the university's students.
The security lectures will deal with Microsoft's Windows platform and other lectures will deal with the structure of the Windows operating system, .net programming and basic project management skills.
"Right now there are a lot of companies training people but there are few universities training people on security, so we felt we needed to collaborate with a university to raise the [skill] level of security engineers," said Aki Araki, a spokeswoman for Microsoft Japan.
"Today, if you had asked me what is our number one priority as a company, our number one priority to customers is to make our programs more secure," said Ballmer. "[The problems] will require a lot of work by everybody in our industry and by appropriate government authorities to solve."
Martyn Williams writes for IDG News Service