HP supports Jordanian IT education drive

Hewlett-Packard's Graham Porter has accepeted an award from Jordan's Queen Rania following the company's donation of a 50 seat computer training centre to the Ministry of Education.

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By  Rob Corder Published  June 14, 2001

Hewlett-Packard Middle East has donated a 50-seat computer training facility to the Jordanian Ministry of Education. The facility contains 50 PCs and supporting networking, server and printing equipment. HP has also paid for the Microsoft software that is installed at the centre and will pay for the first year’s training of the teaching staff.

The cost to HP is described as a significant six-figure dollar sum.

HP’s donation was first considered following a meeting between His Majesty King Abdullah II and HP’s CEO, Carly Fiorina at the Davos Economic Summit last year.

The plan was put into action by the Middle East office. “This initiative being announced today is a direct result of HP’s commitment to Jordan. We are proud to be working with the Jordanian Ministry of Education to help improve the level of IT skills in the country’s schools,” said Graham Porter.

Porter later accepted an award from the Ministry of Education, on behalf of H,P from Queen Rania.

The aim of the training center is to train 1,000 teachers. IT is equipped to accommodate 50 teachers at a time for two weeks of training each. This project is being managed locally by SMS, who are a long-term partner of HP in Jordan.

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