HP Doubles Awards in Education Grants Across Europe, Middle East & Africa

HP  named12 universities across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) that will each receive an HP Mobile Technology for Teaching Grant for equipment and training valued at around EUR 55,000. The number of grant recipients has doubled this year, marking an expansion of the grant program to Central & Eastern Europe and Africa.

The Technology for Teaching grants enable universities to pioneer the use of mobile technology in education and explore ways to redesign core courses in maths, science, business and engineering using mobile technology. The grants contribute to embedding technology in the classroom, improving the exchange between teachers and students.The institutions chosen this year to receive HP Mobile Technology for Teaching Grants will be given a standard package: classroom sets of HP Tablet PCs, HP printers, cameras and projectors, as well as stipends and wireless technology for faculty use. The grant awards also support the participation of a faculty representative at the annual HP Technology for Teaching Worldwide Higher Education conference, to be held in early 2007.

The recipient universities will become part of a larger community of practice, joining faculty from around the world in exploring innovations in teaching through the effective use of technology. For HP, these grants are a catalyst for ideas that can lead to improving student success in higher education.

From 2004 to 2006, HP has contributed a total of US$36 million in Technology for Teaching Grants to more than 650 schools worldwide. Over the last 20 years, HP has contributed more than US$1 billion in cash and equipment to schools, universities, community organizations and other non-profit organisations around the world. Since the inception of the HP Technology for Teaching initiative, grant recipients have reported a positive influence on teaching and student learning as a result of the program.

For 2006, the twelve recipient universities in EMEA include: Cadi Ayyad University, Faculty of Sciences Semlalia, Morocco, College of Telecommunications & Information Technology (CTIT) of the Ethiopian Telecommunications Corporation (ETC), Ethiopia, Mansoura University, Egypt, University of Veszpr