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Innovations in education

Education is a potent catalyst for opportunity. It drives personal achievement, seeds groundbreaking ideas and fuels economic prosperity for individuals, communities and countries. This is why education has long been a priority of global citizenship at HP.

By helping apply technology in creative ways to extend and enrich teaching and learning, we are helping the next generation of leaders, innovators and workers develop the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the global economy. We believe that when students apply technology to real-life projects that address pressing needs in their communities, learning is more relevant and meaningful. Moving into 2010, our education programs will have an even stronger focus on collaboration with pioneering leaders to address educational challenges in the most innovative ways.

In 2009, we contributed more than $30 million to bolster education worldwide through the programs described below. Through our HP Innovations in Education grants, more than 1,100 educational institutions in over 40 countries received HP grants, benefiting more than 110,000 teachers and students over the past five years.

HP Innovations in Education grants

The HP Innovations in Education program awards grants of cash, technology and professional development to promote uses of technology that transform teaching and learning. Through the program, we are working with administrators, key faculty and educational leaders at secondary schools, colleges and universities to encourage systemic and sustainable innovation in the classroom and beyond.

Grants given to secondary schools emphasize accelerating teacher development and improving student achievement while encouraging careers in sciences, technology, engineering and math. Beyond simply bringing HP technology into the classroom, we believe the greater opportunity is to fundamentally improve the classroom experience. By integrating HP technology in curricula, teachers and students can open up new avenues for connecting, collaborating and creating immersive learning environments.

In addition, the HP Innovations in Education program offers professional development tools, resources and events to help teachers share ideas and best practices in areas such as online learning, virtual worlds and simulations.

As with secondary schools, the HP Innovations in Education program for colleges and universities focuses on advancing insights and best practices at the intersection of teaching, learning and technology. Grants are awarded to support innovative approaches to curriculum, instruction, and the use of technology to enhance learning in math and science or other subjects key to technology careers.

To accelerate progress, we invite colleges and universities that receive grants to participate in a global network of educators who are designing the future of high-tech education.

Year in review

In 2009, HP awarded Innovations in Education grants of HP products, professional development and funds to 140 secondary schools and higher education institutions worldwide.

Totals for each region are provided below, and a complete list of grant recipients is available here.

In awarding grants, HP collaborates with partners like the International Society for Technology in Education non-HP site (ISTE) to ensure that proposal reviews are fair, transparent and consistent. We also adhere to HP’s Standards of Business Conduct and comply with all U.S. laws related to philanthropic giving.

Asia Pacific and Japan
In 2009, HP awarded 28 HP Innovation in Education grants to secondary schools and universities in Australia, China, India, Japan and Singapore, totaling approximately $3.1 million.

Europe, the Middle East and Africa
Fifty schools and universities in 15 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) were each awarded HP Innovations in Education grants of HP tablet PCs, notebooks and printers, and cash, for a value of approximately $100,000 per grant.

Latin America
In Latin America, HP awarded HP Innovation in Education grants totaling more than $2 million to 19 secondary education institutions and six colleges and universities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico. Over the next two years, more than 16,500 students will have greater educational opportunities as a result.

Canada and the United States
In 2009, eight secondary schools in Canada received HP Innovations in Education grants totaling more than $800,000. The grants will help improve the educational experience for more than 4,000 students over the next two years.

In the United States, HP awarded a total of more than $9 million in HP Innovation in Education grants to 25 public and qualified private secondary schools. Each grant was valued at more than $270,000 in HP technology, cash and professional development. We also awarded ten grants, each valued at more than $270,000, to public and qualified private colleges and universities.

Visit our HP Global Social Innovation site for additional case studies and videos highlighting how HP grant recipients are using technology to transform teaching and learning.

Additional HP support of education

In 2009, we also supported several other initiatives focused on teaching and learning with HP products, technical expertise and cash.

HP International Institute of Technology (HP IIT)
We renamed the HP Russian Institute of Technology (RIT) program that we launched in 2008 in connection with its expansion to Bulgaria, Poland and the Ukraine in 2009. Now known as the HP International Institute of Technology (HP IIT) program, it offers greater access to educational opportunities and technology training to approximately 3,000 math and science students at 20 participating universities. HP provides hardware, software, financial support and the expertise of HP employees, who work together with educators to develop and strengthen the training curricula designed to provide students with practical IT-related business skills.

UNESCO Brain Gain Initiative
An estimated 70,000 highly qualified African scholars and experts leave their home countries each year in pursuit of greater opportunity in developed countries. A collaboration between HP and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is turning this “brain drain” into a “brain gain” by allowing university faculty and students to engage in real-time scientific collaboration from their home countries through grid technology and cloud computing.

HP and UNESCO launched the original pilot project in 2006, introducing universities in Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe to grid technology. In 2009, we expanded the Brain Gain Initiative from five universities to 20 higher education institutions throughout the Middle East and Africa. Our goal is to connect 100 universities via grid technology by 2011, with the help of additional partners, enabling universities to share computing power and data storage, access remote laboratories and connect to the rest of the world. More than 5,000 students have benefited from this program to date.

One participating university, Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) in Senegal, is using access to the European Enabling Grids for E-sciencE non-HP site (EGEE) to enable students and faculty to do their research in Senegal while collaborating with scientists all over the world. Click here for more information about the Brain Gain initiative.

SANKYA Plus education program
In 2009, HP and Rotary International continued the SANKYA Plus program, a collaboration that has connected more than 750 schools in India to an online knowledge center. The program makes virtual classroom sessions, simulated laboratory packages and other tools available to students who may otherwise have limited access to educational resources.

In 2009, we enhanced the SANYKA Plus program by partnering with the Bangalore Association for Science Education to launch the BASE-Sankya Learning Laboratory, a knowledge center for children at the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bangalore, India. HP awarded a cash grant of approximately $150,000, in addition to providing HP technology to help establish the lab.

HP Digital Assist
In 2009, we collaborated with the National Basketball Association (NBA) to launch HP Digital Assist, a program that combines sports and technology to give middle-school students more engaging and immersive learning experiences. More than 1,000 seventh- and eighth-graders from nearly 100 public middle schools in underserved communities throughout the United States participated in the program. Student teams received seed grants of HP technology to create digital media sports-themed projects demonstrating an understanding of math, science and/or reading comprehension. To view the list of winning teams and their projects, visit the HP Digital Assist website non-HP site.