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HP announces university grants

Grants are targeted along with gifts of mobile technology to assist in the use of technology in learning
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Written by Colin Barker, Senior Reporter on

HP has announced that it will donate technology education funds to 15 universities around Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as part of its Technology for Teaching scheme.

The HP grants are aimed at promoting the "most innovative student projects in science, technology, engineering and mathematics", the company said at the launch of the scheme five years ago.

In the UK, this year's beneficiary will be Leeds Metropolitan Higher Education Corporation, which will receive a grant in cash and technology to the value of €64,142 (£50,853).

Other universities to benefit around Europe will include the Ecole Centrale Nantes in France; the Hochschule Furtwangen University, Faculty of Business Information Systems in Germany; and the University of Gdansk in Poland. Further afield, the University of Jos in Nigeria; the Abu Dhabi Men's College, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE; and Makerere University, Uganda, will also benefit.

"We invest in schools and universities to increase educational attainment and contribute to the development of a skilled, diverse workforce for the future," said Gabi Zedlmayer, vice president of corporate marketing for HP EMEA.

This is the fifth year that HP has run the scheme, which it estimates is a $2m (£1m) investment. Other places to receive grants include the US, Puerto Rico, Canada, Latin America and Asia Pacific, as well as Europe.

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