UAE colleges look to future with tablet PCs

UAE Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) are to boost their learning environments with the implementation of Toshiba tablet PCs for faculty and student use.

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By  Daniel Stanton Published  August 30, 2006

UAE Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) are to boost their learning environments with the implementation of Toshiba tablet PCs for faculty and student use. The AED 20 million (US$5.4 million) agreement will extend to 12 HCT campuses including Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Fujairah. Dr Tayeb Kamali, chancellor of HCT, said: “Technology is constantly changing and adapting the way people interact, learn and do business. The HCT was the first in the region to adopt tablet PCs – this fits within our education model based on allowing students to follow the latest enhancements in technology and actively using it for their learning process.” The agreement follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at last year’s Gitex and extensive trials of the technology. Al Futtaim Technologies will be responsible for training all HCT staff in using the tablet PCs and will also provide after-sales service. “Technology is pervasive in commerce and today’s students are tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and business leaders,” said Ahmed Khalil, general manager, Toshiba computer systems division, Middle East and Africa. “The innovative steps HCT is taking to embrace technology and enhance the learning environment for students has allowed Toshiba to demonstrate its leading edge capabilities in tablet PC technology and Al Futtaim its outstanding customer service.”

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