Dept of Education closes €6.5m deal to support DCG teaching

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Pictured: Paul Roche, Smart Schools; Minister for Education & Skills Jan O'Sullivan; and Paul Frost, Fujitsu

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5 August 2015 | 0

Fujitsu is to supply 5,000 Fujitsu Celsius W530 Workstation PCs to schools across Ireland over the next 12 months as part of a deal with the Department of Education and Skills worth €6.5 million.

The computers will be used to help implement the design & communication graphics (DCG) curriculum.

DCG, introduced in 2007, is one of the main Leaving Certificate subjects where information technology is a central requirement in assessment methodology. Last year, over 5,400 students sat the subject for the Leaving Certificate, and it is studied in 450 schools.

The Fujitsu Celsius Workstations will be using the Dassault Systems Solidworks 3D software that will enable students to produce 3D CAD Designs.

“My Department recognises the importance of DCG as it directly contributes to the key skills required in Ireland’s knowledge-based economy,” said Minister for Education & Skills Jan O’Sullivan. “It incorporates principles of science, materials, manufacture, design, technology and information technology. DCG is growing in schools here and the allocated funding has been increased accordingly, thus ensuring that this important subject continues to go from strength to strength.”

Paul Frost, channel manager, Fujitsu Enterprise Products, said: “This agreement is the largest Fujitsu workstation agreement of its kind in Europe and Fujitsu Ireland’s largest contract within the Irish education sector to date. Through its partnership with organisations in the public and private sector, Fujitsu actively participates in Irelands knowledge based economy and this agreement sees us extend our role to the classroom.”

Paul Roche, managing director, SmartSchools, added: “We are delighted to partner with Fujitsu in supplying the DCG schools nationwide. SmartSchools deliver end to end solutions to the education sector and our team of dedicated ICT specialists will partner with the schools to deliver a modern ICT learning environment. Smartschools in partnership with Fujitsu are committed to delivering innovative ICT technologies to improve learning outcomes.”

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