Fujitsu unveils education ambassadors at Bett 2015

Fujitsu partners with education institutions to form Innovation Hubs for teacher training.

Fujitsu has unveiled its education ambassador programme at the Bett 2015 learning technology show.

In collaboration with Intel, Fujitsu has launched the programme to support computing teachers. It has partnered with educational and other institutions throughout the UK, including University Campus Suffolk and the National Autistic Society, to help enhance the digital skills of students and educators.

The ambassador partners will help to develop students' digital skills as well as teach educators.

As part of the initiative, Fujitsu will set up Innovation Hubs at the ambassador institutions using Fujitsu technology.

The company also aims to build relationships between the ambassador institutions and bodies such as the Department for Education (DfE), the Education Technology Action Group (ETAG) and the Education Funding Agency (EFA).

Ash Merchant, head of education UK and Ireland at Fujitsu, said: “Digital is becoming pervasive in all aspects of our lives – apps, services and more intersecting with our day at every turn, creating a cultural shift, not just in the UK, but globally.

Ambassadors signed up so far

  • UTC Reading
  • University Campus Suffolk
  • Brunel University
  • Derby College
  • City College Coventry
  • Borders College
  • The National Autistic Society
  • Thames Valley School
  • Barnsley College
  • Lakeside Academy

“A recent survey by Fujitsu revealed that 22% of consumers believe digital education should be part of the modern school curriculum, highlighting a real need to see investment at the beginning of the digital journey. Schools, colleges and universities will play a crucial part, and Fujitsu is committed to enabling this move.”

UTC Reading set up the first Innovation Hub last week, with Lee Nicholls, chair of governors, opening the new centre. The centre is equipped with Fujitsu tablets, hybrid devices, laptops and desktop PCs.

UTC Reading and local primary schools will now work together to roll out a coding project to train teachers in necessary coding skills, in line with the computing curriculum.

The partnership will also launch a social media programme to train students in how to use social media to promote charity organisations.

The programme will also see UTC Reading and Fujitsu develop and support hardware and cyber security projects, which will count towards BTEC qualifications for students between years 10 to 13. The best-performing students will be selected for a week’s work experience at Fujitsu.

“I’m delighted that UTC Reading has become a Fujitsu ambassador and particularly excited that UTC Reading is the first Innovation Hub in the country to open,” said Joanne Harper, principal at UTC Reading.

“The hub will not only benefit our students and staff in their studies and training, but will also have a positive impact on the local community, including primary schools. Today’s launch and ongoing partnership shows real commitment from Fujitsu to improve the digital skills of young people.”

Danny Arati, education manager at Intel Europe, said: “Intel shares Fujitsu’s passion for education and inclusion for all and is delighted to support the education ambassador programme.

“We have a decade's worth of experience working with more than 12 million teachers and we know the potential technology can bring to the classroom to enrich learning. The Innovation Hubs will enable teachers to help prepare students better for success in the future.”

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