The French Minister of Education, Higher Education and Research has relaunched the «MiPE» project, a campaign aimed at students to purchase a portable computer at the price of one euro a day. The initiative was adopted for the first time in September 2004 and the fact that it has become a success again guarantees its repetition in the academic year 2005-2006, justifies a statement from the ministry.
The program is similar to the one developed in Portugal within the scope of the eU – Campus Virtuais, and combines the creation of wireless Internet access infrastructures at Universities with the financing of the purchase of laptops so that students can take advantage of these accesses.
During 2004-2005, 1.7 billion euros were released for the project, with 6.4 billion euros still being invested in the equipment of Universities. In the first month alone, more than 21,000 laptops with the «MiPE» seal were sold, in addition to another 20,000 from major distributors and manufacturers that were not directly involved in the government program, according to figures published on the website.
Among the objectives outlined for 2006 are the guarantee that 25 per cent of students have equipment, that most university fields have free access to the Internet and that establishments develop measures to assist students through guarantees, financial aid, and even aids for students. monitoring and training.
In Portugal, the eU project is led by UMIC and involves 63 higher education institutions and other partnerships that facilitate access to the purchase of portable PCs and expand the set of content available to students and the possibilities of access to Wi-Fi networks outside schools.
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