By Stuart Wilson
PC vendor giant Lenovo has bagged a deal with the UAE Ministry of Education to supply desktops to 173 schools across four educational zones in the Northern Emirates.
PC vendor giant Lenovo has bagged a deal with the UAE Ministry of Education to supply desktops to 173 schools across four educational zones in the Northern Emirates. The deal forms part of a UAE national initiative to enhance technology infrastructure in schools.
“Technology is a necessity, not a commodity anymore. And so building an educational curriculum that drives technology adoption is an initiative the Ministry believes will add great strength to the school system and the quality of student experience,” said Khalfan Announ, IT director at the UAE Ministry of Education.
“It is critical to make the right selection when deploying technology in schools, as it is a long-term investment on behalf of the Ministry. The key criteria in this selection process were durability, reliability and strong local support,” Announ added.
The rollout of the M55e Lenovo ThinkCentre desktops selected by the Ministry will commence at the start of the next 2007 academic term. Lenovo inherited a strong presence in the UAE higher education sector through the ThinkPad University Programme that the vendor inherited through its purchase of IBM’s PC division.
Students at universities including Zayed University, the Higher Colleges of Technology and the American University of Sharjah all participated in the programme and now use Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks.
“School students use PCs to browse the internet, play games and for entertainment in general, but there is a very important educational aspect to the use of technology. Student performance can be improved, if they are provided with the right tools and guidance to improve their technological skills,” said Imtiaz Ghani, general manager at Lenovo Middle East, Egypt and Pakistan.
“Lenovo has a long-standing presence in the education sector in the Middle East, especially in the UAE. We are very pleased to be part of this national initiative; a move that highlights the durability and reliability of the Lenovo PCs,” Ghani added.
Lenovo claims that the ThinkCentre M Series desktops allow users to easily access components for quick repairs or upgrades, making them suitable for use in schools. The PCs selected by the Ministry are also Vista capable.