Fujitsu today announced that it has been selected as a partner by UTC Reading. The partnership, which was facilitated through solutions provider, European Electronique, will see Fujitsu provide CELSIUS Workstations and Q510 PCs to the recently opened University Technical College. It underpins UTC Reading’s ethos to provide cutting-edge technology – and to promote education that is directly linked to learning in the workplace.
With a specialism in Computer Science and Engineering, UTC Reading has a requirement for a sophisticated ICT infrastructure, above and beyond the levels of most schools and colleges. A year in advance of opening its doors in September 2013, the college issued a tender for the design and implementation of its entire IT infrastructure. It was vital that IT was built into the strategy and design of the college – rather than as an afterthought, or phased implementation. Furthermore, ICT needed to be integrated into the curriculum, with staff and students given access to the latest hardware, suitable and powerful enough to deliver the college’s specialist courses in programming and software development.
European Electronique was awarded the contract following a competitive tender process. The decision to recruit Fujitsu for its hardware capabilities was due to a longstanding and successful partnership in education, where the two companies have worked together on frameworks, such as National Server and Storage Agreement through which they have been successful in a number of tenders.
UTC Reading is utilising Fujitsu CELSIUS workstations as part of its engineering design course. The power of the Fujitsu workstations is helping students undertake real-world, complex design projects, such as online car design. Fujitsu’s Q510 micro PC was selected due to its small form factor and futuristic design, and fits well with the college’s modern environment.
“The decision to go with European Electronique and Fujitsu was a natural one”, said Joanne Harper, Principal, UTC Reading. “There’s a mutual understanding between all of us about what we want to achieve; the proposals ticked all boxes to provide the latest technology for our students and worked within the budget. Furthermore, they were able work in a high quality, fast and efficient way – which was vital due to the time critical opening of the college in September. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with both partners.”
“It’s incredibly exciting to have a part to play in the success of UTC Reading,” said Craig Parker, Head of product marketing, UK & Ireland, Fujitsu. “IT has a really strong role to play in the education sector and seeing Fujitsu’s technology maximise the learning potential at UTC Reading has been very rewarding.”
"This partnership has proven to be a great success" said Yolanta Gill, CEO, European Electronique. "UTC Reading is now well positioned to explore with us and Fujitsu the endless possibilities that technological innovation can bring to inspire young people and prepare them for the future we can only imagine."
Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Approximately 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.4 trillion yen (US$47 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013. For more information, please see: http://www.fujitsu.com
Fujitsu UK & Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing over 10,100 people with an annual revenue of £1.6 billion. Additionally, Fujitsu’s other operations in the UK bring its total employee numbers to over 14,000 and its total revenues to £1.8 billion. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. For more information, please see: http://uk.fujitsu.com
European Electronique are a leading technology company with a reputation for innovation and excellence and over 25 years’ experience in delivering comprehensive ICT solutions and services to a wide range of sectors, including education, public sector and corporate markets. Our success is founded on our clients’ success. In embracing the power of technology and modern management methods, we are able to have a positive impact on the success of any enterprise. In providing individuals and organisations with the tools they need to be more efficient, more creative and more competent, we are pushing the boundaries of what was previously possible. For more information, please see www.euroele.com
Katie de Cozar Rushforth
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Fujitsu UK & Ireland
Date: 24 January, 2014
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