On Friday 5th October, a new Education Innovation Hub opened at UTC Heathrow, as part of the Fujitsu Education Ambassador Programme, supported by Intel, Ruckus Networks and Kyocera.
The hub follows the announcement at the 2016 Bett education show of the expansion of the Ambassador Programme, and UTC Heathrow as the latest educational institution to open its Innovation Hub in the second phase.
The Ambassador Programme is a national engagement initiative led by the four global IT leaders that aims to highlight the use of computing power to underpin knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects and drive forward innovation and digital skills development at UTC Heathrow, as well as its wider community.
The Innovation Hub will form the central piece of an ongoing partnership between UTC Heathrow, Fujitsu, Intel, Ruckus Networks and Kyocera. The hub will be equipped with a range of the latest computing technology, and will be used to promote the use of technology and development of digital skills.
UTC Heathrow is committed to being actively involved in the economic, social and cultural development of the people and businesses that surround it. One example of how the Innovation Hub will be used is to support the training of local apprentices as they move into STEM related careers.
Ash Merchant, Director of Education at Fujitsu, said: “UTC Heathrow is passionate about digital transformation and the role of digital in supporting its students – and we’re excited to be a part of that with the launch of the Innovation Hub. A recent survey by Fujitsu revealed that around a fifth (22%) of consumers believe that digital education should be part of the modern curriculum, which points towards a real need to see education establishments focusing on the digital journey. Educational institutions like UTC Heathrow will play a crucial role in making this happen – and Fujitsu, supported by our partners, is committed to supporting them in bringing their vision to life.”
Leonard Sim from KYOCERA Document Solutions UK said: “We’re proud to have been selected by Fujitsu as one of only three partners for this initiative, and to support in meeting its goal to establish 20 new Hubs in Ambassador organisations this year to inspire students and equip them with the practical skills and knowledge for the digital future ahead.
Steve Brodie from Ruckus Networks, an ARRIS company said: “Ruckus Networks is dedicated to cultivating innovation and harvesting creative potential within students as a conduit to the changing network requirements and the new IOT era. On this programme we look forward to creating a platform for students to continue their journey through technology while creating ambassadors for the digital future.”
Wayne Edwards, Principal at UTC Heathrow said: “It is a great honour to be part of the Fujitsu Ambassador programme where our students will be able to develop the skills to support the new era of IOT.”
The main objectives of the Ambassador programme are to support greater collaboration between industry and education, aiding career skills development and providing expertise on personalised technology in teaching and learning.