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Education to double device utilisation across GCC

Intel and IDC research finds technology-driven education has transformed learning experiences

Education to double device utilisation across GCC
Carvalho: "Quality education is the foundation of a country's development and prosperity, and technology is key to unlock its potential and reach."

The education sector in the GCC is expected to increase its device utilisation to 100% in the coming two years, according to a study commissioned by Intel to IDC.

The region-wide study has revealed that the adoption of technology by educational institutions across the GCC has nearly become mandatory, as a result of a focus on delivering quality education.

"We found that over 90% of the educational institutes interviewed utilise laptops, tablets and 2 in 1. The GCC's education sector is witnessing significant growth and a focus on delivering quality education has driven institutions to adopt technology at every level," said Frederico Carvalho, META regional business director at Intel Corporation Technology.

"Quality education is the foundation of a country's development and prosperity, and technology is key to unlock its potential and reach," he added.

The 'Role of Technology in the Education Sector' survey show the education sector accounted for 10.3% of all tablet shipments to the Middle East in the first half of 2014, up from 2.2% for all of 2013.

Other findings include: device split between laptop and tablet usage is a 60-40 with 60% of the students still utilising laptops for content creation, coursework and presentations; over 60% of those interviewed have a BYOD policy for students using their own devices for learning purposes; and less than 30% of the institutions interviewed use interactive whiteboards for teaching. Many institutes reported having LCD or LED panels that are connected to the instructor's tablet or laptop to display teaching material.

All the institutions interviewed discourage the use of smartphones in the classroom, and do not provide connectivity or support for such devices.

The survey also found that challenges faced include deployment, maintenance, IT skills and cost, however, since the region is on its way to developing itself as an educational hub, most institutions do not compromise on technology standards.

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