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Fujitsu launches 1st Innovation Hub in Scotland in partnership with Borders College

News facts:

  • Fujitsu today launched its 7th Innovation Hub
  • Initiative aims to enhance teaching and unleash students' potential by putting technology at the heart of education
  • Fujitsu have supplied 10 devices to the school from the STYLISTIC Tablets, LIFEBOOK Notebooks and ESPRIMO Desktop PC ranges
London, September 29, 2015

Fujitsu today launched its 7th Innovation Hub, as Borders College Scotland becomes the latest member of the Fujitsu-Intel Ambassador Programme.

Selected as an education Ambassador due to its objective to raise the aspirations of its students through the use of technology, the Borders College’s Innovation Hub launch marks the first of its kind in Scotland.

The initiative aims to enhance teaching and unleash students' potential by putting technology at the heart of education. It is aligned with the objectives of the Education Technology Action Group (ETAG), whose mission is to promote the use of digital technology across schools, further education, higher education and Special Education Needs (SEN) sectors.

Borders College is situated within the Scottish Borders and enrols 5500 students every year. Of the utmost importance to the college is offering their students an alternative future career path to the traditional industries and roles based within Galashiels and its surrounding area.

“This is at the root of why we wanted this college and its team to become part of the Ambassador Programme – their desire to support in shaping future generations of students and inspiring them to take-up technology subjects,” said Ash Merchant, Head of Business Development for Education at Fujitsu. 

“Technology no longer plays just a supporting role in our lives. It is prevalent at home and at work and it demands a new skillset if the next generation are to use it to develop their capabilities, ideas and successes. We are very proud to partner with Borders College to ensure their students and the surrounding community can realise potential technology can provide.”

Fujitsu have supplied 10 devices to the school from the STYLISTIC Tablets, LIFEBOOK Notebooks and ESPRIMO Desktop PC ranges. 150 students will have access to the technology initially, but the hub will soon be opened to the local community for public use.

Suzanne Scott, Technology Enhanced Learning Manager at Borders College, commented on the partnership: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the first Fujitsu Innovation Hub in Scotland and this is testament to the commitment of Borders College to create a more inspiring campus environment for our students.

“With the increasing demand for digitally savvy students, the provision of the Fujitsu devices and support for future projects in this area secures a continuation of the good work the College has done to date. Most importantly it allows the College to create a more realistic work environment for our students with greater opportunities and insight into the world of work, such as the one offered by global organisations such as Fujitsu, not to mention an inspirational environment for the local community to use”.

As part of the Ambassador Programme, Fujitsu has partnered with educational institutions across the UK, including UTC Reading, NAS Thames Valley School and City College Coventry. All ambassadors have been selected based on their recognition of technology as an enabler to enhance the learning experience and to develop digital skills for students and teachers.

Borders College also becomes an official Tablet Academy Training Centre - a Fujitsu partner who supports in training the teaching teams in the newly acquired technologies. This is at the heart of this entire Ambassador Programme – not just providing the latest, high quality technology, but supporting how that technology is put to work within the education environment, ensuring it is used effectively.

Pam Currie, CEO, Tablet Academy, Scotland commented: “Tablet Academy Scotland is delighted to be partnering with Borders College and Fujitsu to ensure that the Fujitsu Innovation Hub delivers impact for college staff, students and the wider community. As an official Tablet Academy Scotland Training Centre, the college and its Innovation Hub will become a focal point for the delivery of exciting digital workshops and courses. Our courses and workshops will showcase the technology available and support the college and the wider community to develop digital skills and collaborative working practices that make the most of the technology on offer.”

About Fujitsu Global

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company, offering a full range of technology products, solutions, and services. Approximately 159,000 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 4.8 trillion yen (US$40 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. For more information, please see http://www.fujitsu.com.

About Fujitsu UK & Ireland

Fujitsu UK & Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing 12,000 people with an annual revenue of £1.67 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

About Borders College

The Scottish Borders Campus, home to the majority of our wide range of full-time and part-time courses provides a unique learning and teaching environment featuring bespoke practical training areas, a modern, well stocked library, enhanced IT facilities and bright, spacious student social areas.

Our Newtown St Boswells Campus is a well recognised centre of excellence for Landbased studies, where students on the various Landbased courses have access to industry specialist practical areas and a dedicated learning resource centre, which are constantly being developed to offer students and industry partners unique high quality training facilities helping to meet the needs of an ever changing rural and landbased sector.

In addition, the main College campuses are supported by a number of community based learning facilities throughout the Scottish Borders including our campus in Hawick which offers specific courses designed to meet the workforce development needs of local businesses and to provide educational opportunities within our local communities through a wide range of part-time day and evening courses.

About Tablet Academy

Tablet Academy is one of the UK's leading education consultancy and teacher training organisations. Tablet Academy Scotland works with educational establishments and other organisations across Scotland, with a focus on equipping teachers, learners and employees with the digital skills needed to put technology at the heart of learning and work. Tablet Academy Scotland’s sustained training programmes and inspiring workshop courses aim to develop innovative approaches that embrace the digital technologies available. Tablet Academy Scotland will work with Borders College and Fujitsu to ensure that the Innovation Hub is able to realise the potential of the investment.

Kelly Bowen

Phone: Phone: + 44 (0) 20 7861 2800
E-mail: E-mail: teamfujitsu@harvard.co.uk
Company:Harvard PR

Graham Goulden

Phone: Phone: + 44 (0) 843 354 9568
E-mail: E-mail: graham.goulden@uk.fujitsu.com
Company:Fujitsu UK & Ireland

Date: 29 September, 2015
City: London

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