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Sun Sets the Curriculum for IT Education Across the Region
Tuesday, March 8, 2005, 11:46:00 am
During Sun’s annual worldwide Education and Research Conference, held in San Francisco, the technology giant has extended its commitment to education in the Middle East in front of an audience that included Her Majesty, Queen Noor of Jordan.
The announced education donations are aimed in teaching and training a new generation of specialists in Jordan and the entire Middle East and North Africa region. To further support the development of a new generation of Arab Information and Communications Technology (ICT) professionals, Sun has made a series of additional donations to help build Sun Academic Laboratories in the region.
Underpinning these initiatives is Sun’s main philanthropic aim, to assist academic institutions in developing the highest level of skills required for addressing 21st Century technology issues and supporting the needs of Middle Eastern and Northern African business, government and academic users.
Sun will donate two technology laboratories; one to Amman’s Jubilee School, and the other to the Aqaba Knowledge Station. Sun is also planning to furnish an academic research facility at the Information and Research center at King Hussein Foundation with computer equipment, and sponsor five delegates from Jordanian academic institutions to attend certified Java and Solaris courses.
“Education can be used as an effective tool in promoting global peace and prosperity. It can provide techniques for resolving differences and broader perspectives for looking at the world from others’ points of view,” said Her Majesty, Queen Noor of Jordan. “Sun provides the technology to help our youth develop peace-building resources and skills, as well as enabling access to new ways of thinking that are the currency of today’s global information economy.”
To further support education in Jordan, Sun announced that it is creating a matching equipment grant, worth up to US$1 million for the 2005 calendar year, which can be used to equip Sun Academic Laboratories in academic institutions across the Kingdom of Jordan. These academic laboratories allow students to “learn by doing” in a collaborative relationship between universities, the local technology industry and government.
“The Middle East can benefit greatly from a proactive and comprehensive approach to technology education as an integral part of the economic reforms being undertaken on an individual basis in a number of the region’s nations,” said Kim Jones, vice president of Global Education and Research for Sun Microsystems. “Sun has always been committed to education and we hope to play a significant role in this process.”
“We are committed to driving higher-level partnerships with academic institutions for the development of the region’s IT talent. Moreover, Sun is extending its support to these institutions in their quest to achieve academic excellence, by helping them to build open, scalable and secure environments for knowledge discovery, creation, delivery and collaboration,” added Tarek Ayass, education and research regional manager, Sun Microsystems Middle East and North Africa.