Acer maintains education focus

Hardware giant Acer has pledged to maintain its focus on the education sector in the Middle East. The vendor claims that the GCC market has only just begun to see the benefits that IT can bring to the classroom.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  September 11, 2005

Hardware giant Acer has pledged to maintain its focus on the education sector in the Middle East. The vendor claims that the GCC market has only just begun to see the benefits that IT can bring to the classroom. “Through using IT. Schools and universities can revolutionise how they deliver tuition to their students,” said Krishna Murthy, general manager at Acer Middle East. “Wireless networks, mobile computing, tablet PCs and educational tools such as the ever-present internet are combining to create a vivid and dynamic environment for stimulating young minds.” Acer claims that its position as a strong vendor in the mobile computing space has resulted in a succession of tenders from the regional education sector during the past twelve months as secondary and tertiary teaching institutions look to transform their education methods. Murthy reckons that teachers need to now look longer-term at how a wider IT strategy can aid them in improving education standards. “When used as a standalone device, PCs can and do prove very useful tools for learning, but when IT is used as part of a broader educational platform, it can revolutionize how students study. With e-Learning, a professor from the other side of the world can link in and address a group of students in Dubai or Jeddah. Aspiring doctors, engineers or designers from Beirut can join a web-cast physically taking place in Europe. This opens up so many opportunities that have never been present; the possibilities are limitless,” explained Murthy. During the coming months Acer plans to introduce a number of innovations that will enhance the connectivity of end-users, from built-in wireless amplifiers to Bluetooth as standard on its laptops. With education high on the agenda for regional governments, Acer remains confident that the sector will remain a buoyant sector in the Middle East.

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