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$1m for education innovation

By Tuo Yannan (China Daily)

15:11, May 28, 2012

Hewlett-Packard Co, the world's largest PC maker, set up a $1 million fund to support education innovation in China. The fund will be used in teacher training through technology methods.

The project is jointly held with Zhejiang University and China's National Commission of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to increase the adoption of information technology in education.

The fund will be used within two years for Sichuan and Zhejiang provinces to train thousands of teachers on combining modern technology with teaching, said Steve Gill, managing director of HP China. "This donation and the cooperation with our local partners show our confidence for long-term growth to this market."

As one of the first high-tech companies to enter this burgeoning market, HP donated much equipment and hardware to Sichuan after the May 12 earthquake in 2008.

"HP has always believed that the success of businesses and the overall well-being of society are interdependent," said Gabi Zedlmayer, vice-president, sustainability and social innovation, HP. "Through our partnership with local universities and organizations, HP's scale, network and technological strengths will contribute to China's education innovation and reform."

The US company will partner with Zhejiang University and UNESCO to manage the Education Innovation Fund for China. Over two years, more than 5,000 teachers from 500 rural and urban schools in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, and Chengdu, Sichuan province, will be trained.

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