Global technology giant opens 'innovation hub' at Hull technology college

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 20 Nov 2017

A new "innovation hub" has been opened at a technical college in Hull to help students gain opportunities in digital industries, with support from leading global technology company Fujitsu.

The Fujitsu Innovation Hub has officially opened at Ron Dearing UTC in Kingston Square, Hull city centre, and promises to be the first of its kind in the area.

School leaders say it will allow pupils to access cutting edge technology at the facility, which is one of 25 to be opened under the Fujitsu Education Ambassador Programme.

The programme, supported by global tech firms Intel, Brocade and Kyocera, aims to help students develop digital skills to help them with Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

The opening of the Fujitsu Innovation Hub

The hub will have a range of the latest digital tech at the technology college which opened in September.

Steve Willacy, vice principal at Ron Dearing UTC, said: “We're here to plug the gap between education and employment, and the businesses we work with tell us that digital skills are crucial for their future workforce.

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“For us to link with a leading global tech company like Fujitsu is huge. We're giving students the edge that employers are looking for, by offering them unique opportunities to access cutting edge technology.”

Ash Merchant, director of education at Fujitsu, said: “Ron Dearing UTC is passionate towards 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.

The hub opened to students last week

“A recent survey by Fujitsu revealed that around a fifth (22 per cent) of consumers believe that digital education should be part of the modern education curriculum, which points towards a real need to see education establishments focusing on the digital journey.

“Educational institutions like Ron Dearing UTC 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.”

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Leonard Simm, public sector manager at 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.”

Students working in the Innovation Hub

Steve Johnson, regional director at Brocade said: “Brocade is dedicated to cultivating innovation and harvesting creative potential within students as a conduit to the changing network requirements and the new 'internet of things' 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.”

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