Fife College Awarded Fujitsu Funding To Create Innovative Technology Hub

Friday, 26 February 2016

Fife College is one of twenty colleges and universities in the UK to be selected to become a Fujitsu Ambassador and receive funding to create a technology hub to benefit students.

Fujitsu announced the list of new ambassadors at a special event held at the Bett 2016 Conference held in London recently.

Fife College was chosen to be an ambassador for its commitment and desire to support and shape future generations of students by inspiring them to take-up technology subjects.

Fujitsu first launched the Education Ambassador Programme last year and the initiative has already supported ten schools, colleges and universities across the UK, by setting up Innovation Hubs to equip the institutions with high performance solutions and support digital skills development.

The initiative aims to enhance teaching and unleash students' potential by putting technology at the heart of education - this aligns with the Department for Education’s Further Education Learning Technology Action Group (FELTAG), which aims to identify obstacles preventing further education providers taking full advantage of technology.

The new Education Innovation Hub at Fife College will house an array of Fujitsu technology including Fujitsu's STYLISTIC tablet and hybrid range, LIFEBOOK laptop range and ESPRIMO desktop PC range – all running on the latest Intel® Core™ processor technology.

Joanna McGillivray, Assistant Principal for Learning and Teaching at Fife College, is delighted that the College has been selected as an Ambassador and said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the College which will enable us, thanks to Fujitsu and their partner’s support, to create a fantastic education hub enabling our students to benefit from cutting edge technology.

“The digital world is expanding rapidly and this new hub will complement the learning our students already receive, enhancing their skills and knowledge that will benefit them in their future studies and careers.”

Ash Merchant, Director of Education, UK & Ireland, Fujitsu, said: “We are incredibly excited to further grow our commitment to putting technology at the heart of education, with the goal of signing 20 new Ambassadors this year. One thing I have learnt over two decades in and around the Education sector is that passion goes a long way and supports in driving success and achievement. However passion is sometimes not enough – education needs collaboration and support from the industry to really support the right skills development for young people, to lead to future employment opportunity, and that’s what the Ambassador Programme is all about.”

David McCarron, Education Director Intel, EMEA, added: “Intel shares Fujitsu’s passion for education and inclusion for all and is delighted to support the Education Ambassador Programme,”

“We have a decade worth of experience, working with more than 12 million teachers globally and we know the potential technology can bring to the classroom to enrich learning.  We are thoroughly looking forward to embarking on 2016’s journey with Fujitsu and supporting the 20 new Hubs and its Ambassadors to prepare their students for the digital future ahead.”