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Sun Offering Java Training to Schools

Sun Offering Java Training to Schools

In an effort to help educational bodies cut the cost of managing network systems, Sun is offering free training, and equipment grants utilizing the company's, as well as related, technology. Sun will also set up centers to promote partnerships with universities and third parties as part of its Sun Technology and Academic Resources initiative.

In the past year alone, more than 1,350 institutions have been helped by the program. According to Sun, various initiatives in education that the company sponsors, like its Java Education and Learning Community Program, are for the benefit of the open source community at large. The company calls its initiatives a medium for sharing open source educational tools.

Sun decides which schools will receive equipment grants on the basis of projects the schools have worked on that interest the company. As educational institutions use and incorporate more technology, computer companies have come forward to lend a hand. Indeed, centers for higher education have become fertile ground for companies looking to market their products, especially PDA's, and music players, which are given away to incoming students. Some companies have even launched joint research projects, like Microsoft's iCampus at MIT.

Kim Jones, vice president of global education and research at Sun, explained the company's motives, "Sun's objective in launching the STAR initiative is to get Sun solutions into the hands of educators, students, and researchers, to help them build a collaborative environment where best practices can be shared."

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