Cutting edge tech gives RDUTC students the edge

November 17th, 2017

New Innovation Hub launches in partnership with leading global companies Fujitsu, Intel, Brocade and Kyocera partner

A new Fujitsu Innovation Hub has been officially opened this week at Ron Dearing UTC, which will bring unique opportunities for students to access cutting edge digital technology alongside leading global companies.

The new hub has become the 25th of its kind to be opened under the Fujitsu Education Ambassador Programme, supported by Intel, Brocade and Kyocera.

The Ambassador Programme is a national engagement initiative led by the four global IT leaders that aims to highlight the use of computing power to underpin knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and drive forward innovation and digital skills development at Ron Dearing UTC as well as its wider community.

The Innovation Hub will form the central piece of an ongoing partnership between Ron Dearing UTC, Fujitsu, Intel, Brocade and Kyocera. The hub is equipped with a range of the latest digital kit and will be used to promote the use of technology and development of digital skills.

Steve Willacy, Vice Principal at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “We're here to plug the gap between education and employment, and the businesses we work with tell us that digital skills are crucial for their future workforce.

“For us to link with a leading global tech company like Fujitsu is huge. We're giving students the edge that employers are looking for, by offering them unique opportunities to access cutting edge technology.”

Ash Merchant, Director of Education at Fujitsu, said: “Ron Dearing UTC is passionate towards digital transformation and the role of digital in supporting its students – and we’re excited to be a part of that with the launch of the Innovation Hub.

“A recent survey by Fujitsu revealed that around a fifth (22%) of consumers believe that digital education should be part of the modern education curriculum, which points towards a real need to see education establishments focusing on the digital journey.

“Educational institutions like Ron Dearing UTC will play a crucial role in making this happen – and Fujitsu, supported by our partners, is committed to supporting them in bringing their vision to life.”

Leonard Simm, Public Sector Manager at KYOCERA Document Solutions UK said: “We’re proud to have been selected by Fujitsu as one of only three partners for this initiative, and to support in meeting its goal to establish 20 new Hubs in Ambassador organisations this year to inspire students and equip them with the practical skills and knowledge for the digital future ahead.”

Steve Johnson, Regional Director at Brocade said: “Brocade is dedicated to cultivating innovation and harvesting creative potential within students as a conduit to the changing network requirements and the new IOT era. On this programme we look forward to creating a platform for students to continue their journey through technology while creating ambassadors for the digital future.”

The main objectives of the Ambassador programme are to support greater collaboration between industry and education, aiding career skills development and providing expertise on personalised technology in teaching and learning.  

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