At a signing ceremony held at Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Hotel, His Highness Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Chancellor of the UAE Higher Colleges of Technology, and John Davies, Vice President, Sales and e-Business Solutions announced their joint MOU to develop a national program in the United Arab Emirates for the wireless enablement of the HCT environment. The objective is to provide all HCT campuses with wireless capabilities and to transfer the whole academic fraternity including staff and students alike to the use of mobile computing platforms.
Subject to finalizing the exact details, the terms of the MOU mean that the HCT will deploy wireless infrastructure in all 11 of the HCT campuses, and will be an early adopter of the Intel® CentrinoTM mobile technology. For its part, Intel will provide early samples of computers based on the Intel® CentrinoTM mobile technology through a multinational vendor, and will also provide consultancy advice on product roadmap updates. Intel will also advise on the deployment of wireless products in all HCT campuses by providing matchmaking capabilities with other hardware and software vendors.
“Continuing our tradition of employing leading-edge technologies in our classrooms and colleges, we are proud again to be involved with Intel for this comprehensive nationwide and campus-wide IT deployment program”, said Sheikh Nahayan.
Implications for Education throughout the Arab World
“The HCT are world-leaders in the realm of deployment of the latest IT teaching tools for staff and students alike, and we are proud of our continued association with them” commented Davies. “The proposed systematic adoption by HCT of the new Intel® CentrinoTM mobile technology represents a world-wide first, and sets the bench mark for the rest of the region to follow – Intel will continue to make available the latest IT hardware at affordable prices” continued Davies.
The broader objective of the programme is to both equip the college staff and students with the latest IT wireless solutions and mobile platforms, and also to create graduates equipped with skills to enable a seamless transfer into the modern-day working environment.
Already recognised as a world leader in the early adoption of the latest laptop and wireless technology, and other innovative technology, the Higher Colleges will stand to benefit from Intel’s own experience in the use of similar tools in its everyday working practices as one of the few major corporations in the world in which all staff work from laptops.
“Combined with our other activities in the region, this major MOU underlines Intel’s commitment to the Middle East, and the UAE in particular.” Davies concluded.
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