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Intel to work with regional universities

Intel is to work with selected top universities in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey to expand university technology curricula, engage in focused research, and encourage student participation in research throughout their education.

Intel is to work with selected top universities in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey to expand university technology curricula, engage in focused research, and encourage student participation in research throughout their education.

The META Higher Education initiative, which will be expanded beyond the initial three countries, will also seek to propagate a culture of entrepreneurship to create innovative business people with cross-disciplinary skills, technical expertise and the ability to seize market opportunities.

Martina Roth, Director of Education, EMEA, said, “Education is the essential ingredient that will prepare us all for a changing future. We aim to reach 40 universities and 62 thousand university students by 2010 in the META region. To be competitive in today’s knowledge economy, we need to develop "world class" university graduates with breadth of knowledge and depth of skills.”

She added, “The launch of the Higher Education Initiative across Middle East Turkey and Africa is part of the Intel Digital Transformation Initiative – a comprehensive, multi-year program that expands Intel’s economic, educational, and technology related support throughout the Middle East.”

Intel’s other educational activities already rolled out in the region include the Intel Teach to the Future Program, which has trained over three million teachers on effective integration of technology to improve teaching and learning. Intel’s focus on secondary education includes the sponsorship of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), which reward and recognize science excellence among high school students. Other efforts aim at providing outreach to underserved communities through the Intel Learn Programs and the Computer Clubhouse Network.

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