50 institutions selected for their innovative teaching and learning projects
GENEVA, May 29, 2009 - Today HP’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region announced the 2009 EMEA winners of the Innovation in Education Grant Initiative, which rewards secondary schools and universities for their innovative teaching and learning projects. This year’s winners include academic institutions from 15 countries across EMEA.
The 50 winning schools and universities will each receive a mobile technology solution, such as tablet PCs, laptops, printers, access points, and a cash donation valued at approximately 100,000 USD HP list price (approximately 75,500 EUR). They will also be invited to join a network of educators around the world who are working to design the future of high tech education through which they can share ideas and best practices in areas such as online learning, virtual worlds and simulations.
The HP Innovation in Education Grant Initiative supports institutions in the EMEA region in launching innovative pilot projects in math, technology and science fields. HP’s ultimate objective is to foster future leaders in the disciplines vital to HP’s business.
The grants given to secondary schools aim to improve student achievement by using technology to redesign the learning experience, while for universities, the aim is to specifically enhance the engineering, computer science and IT degree programmes.
“Innovation in education is vital to developing the next generation of high-tech innovators. Whenever possible, we feature HP technology in ways that support pioneering teaching and learning practices, especially to enhance achievements in math and science or other subjects essential to student success in IT careers,” said Gabriele Zedlmayer, vice president of Corporate Marketing and Global Citizenship, HP Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The grant winners were selected from proposals submitted by secondary schools and universities as part of the request for proposal process initiated by HP earlier this year. A jury of HP and education experts from HP’s partner ISTE evaluated the submissions and selected those that best integrated technology at the intersection of teaching and learning and fostered innovation in education.
The 2009 winners of the HP Innovation in Education Grant Initiative are
• 73 SOU “Vladislav Gramatik” with teaching of Foreign Languages, Sofia
• Technical University of Varna, Varna
• Assiut University, Assiut
• Cairo University, Giza
• Faculty of Computers and Information, Assiut University, Assiut
• Faculty of Computers and Information, Cairo University, Giza
• German University in Cairo (GUC), Cairo
• Ecole Centrale de Lyon, Ecully cedex
• University of Patras, Rio
• Colaiste Iognaid, Galway
• National University of Ireland, Galway
• Faculty of Engineering, Pavia
• Kenya School of Professional Studies, Nairobi
• Strathmore University, Nairobi
• Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
• University of Nigeria, Nsukka
• University of Silesia, Katowice
• Warsaw Information Technology, Warsaw
• Warsaw University of Technology - Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology, Warsaw
• Escola Secundária 3/S Garcia de Orta, Porto
• Escola Secundaria com 3 CEB da Sa, Guarda
• Escola Secundária com 3º Ciclo E.B de Esmoriz, Esmoriz
• Universidade de Aveiro (2 grants), Aveiro
• Saint-Petersburg State Polytechnical University, Saint-Petersburg
• Moscow State Public Compulsory School #1299, Moscow
• Municipal Educational Establishment Gymnasium 8, Sochi
• Municipal educational institution “Secondary comprehensive school 4 with profound studying of separate subjects”, Nalchik
• Public School #550 ORT-Gunzburg with in-depth thorough study of foreign languages and IT (Saint-Petersburg, Russia), St. Petersburg
• Rostov-na-Donu Voroshilovsky District English Language School N65, Rostov-na-Donu
• Secondary State School number 572 in Nevsky District of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg
• Specialised Educational Scientific Center of Novosibirsk State University (SESC NSU), Novosibirsk
• State municipal secondary school #42 in Samara City, Samara
• City educational institution lyceum named after N.I.Lobachevsky by Kazan State University, Kazan
• University of Fort Hare, Alice
• Osizweni Education & Development Centre, Secunda
• Bokamoso Science & Technology Education Centre, Polokwane
• Mnambithi FET College, Ladysmith
• University of the Western Cape, Bellville
• Esayidi FET Public College, Port Shepstone
• Institut National des Sciences Appliquées et de la Technologie, Tunis
• Bogazici University, Istanbul
• Inonu University, Malatya
• Pamukkale Universitesi, Kinikli
• SELÇUK ÜNÝVERSÝTESÝ, Konya
• Loughborough University, Loughborough
• University of Cambridge, Cambridge
• University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd
• Aylesbury Vale Academy, Aylesbury
• Haverstock School, London
Among the winners, a Russian school was selected for its commitment to making practical usage of scientific knowledge in research works as well as motivating students to focus on in-depth natural sciences study. The project will conceive professional tests for students interested in engineering and ecology. It aims to teach disabled children and children with limited possibilities to use modern computer technologies in addition to teaching students and teachers to use mobile computer equipment effectively.
A Kenyan University was selected for its project that implements an eLearning platform to distribute digital content, providing training for secondary school students and teachers. This platform will allow students located in marginal areas and lacking source material to access digitally provided content in an efficient and cost effective manner. As part of this project, all participating University students will be required to invest time in the delivery and development of the digital content and to mentor secondary school students. The project will also deploy an interactive eLearning environment that facilitates the teaching and practice of Computer Studies.
About HP Social Investments
Grants to advance innovation in education are part of HP’s Social Investment strategy. More than 1000 educational institutions in over 40 countries across the globe are engaged in mobile technology projects as a result of grants given by HP, encompassing a total investment of nearly 60 million USD (approximately 43 million EUR) from 2004 until 2008. During the past 20 years, HP has donated more than 700 million EUR in cash and equipment to schools, universities, community organisations and other non-profit organisations around the world.
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