DWC extends laptop initiative

Dubai Women’s College (DWC) is stepping up its laptop initiative following a partnership with IBM and Afcomp, which will provide the college with ThinkPad notebooks for the students, as well as services and support.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  September 25, 2001

Dubai Women’s College (DWC) has stepped up its laptop initiative enabling students to learn anytime, anywhere, with the help of Afcomp and IBM. The partnership will see IBM and Afcomp provide the college with ThinkPad notebooks for the students, as well as services and support.

The laptop initiative, which began at the Women’s college last year, initially catered for 220 students, but is being extended to 600 of the college’s students.

“The initiative is now in its second year, and is expanding to other parts of the college, as part of a changing curriculum,” explained Jamie Stewart, supervisor, educational technology, DWC.

The reworked curriculum is aiming to provide the students with greater working flexibility, as well as providing them with technical skills and knowledge.

Afcomp is intending to provide an onsite engineer in the initial month of the project to iron out any teething problems the students may encounter with their laptops.

“It is a strategic alliance that will see Afcomp provide us products for the next three years and handle servicing and maintenance support for the next five years,” added Dr. Howard Reed, director of DWC.

DWC envisages that its laptop initiative will eventually be extended to the whole college, some 2000 students, as well as to other members of Higher Colleges of Technology.

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