Sharp partners with Essex college to open Centre For Digital Technologies

posted on Wednesday, 31st March 2021 by Steve May

Education  Pro AV 

Sharp UK has partnered with South Essex College, Basildon, to launch a new ‘Centre for Digital Technologies.’ This design and install project is a one-of-a-kind facility for the UK, providing students and staff with access to a highly integrated suite of the latest digital printing and audio visual presentation learning technologies.

The project saw Sharp’s Print, Audio Visual and Furniture teams coordinate a tightly choreographed installation ahead of schedule, equipping the centre with the latest multifunction and production print devices, device management software, BIG PAD interactive touchscreens, Digital Signage and learning space furniture.

It’s hoped the combination of these systems and Pro AV solutions will enable new ways of teaching, enhancing student engagement and the overall learning experience.

The partnership with the college extends beyond providing technology. Students will be supported by Sharp as they begin their careers with apprenticeships, mentoring, work experience and a series of four guest speaker talks at the college during 2021, where the company’s experts will share their experience of working in the global technology sector.

The partnership is planned to expand in the future as the college develops its on-premise Technology Suite. This will provide students with access to new technologies and products being launched in the UK market by Sharp.

The company will also be able to access the suite to demonstrate these products to customers and prospective commercial customers on-site.

Sharp Basildon Comms Install

Simon Warnes, Director of Connect Partnerships at Sharp UK, said: “This has been an exciting project for the whole Sharp team. Given the year everyone has had, we wanted to ensure the value we are adding at South Essex College goes beyond the technology and facilities we’ve installed. We’re delighted to be partnering with the college long term and to be able to lend our continued support, expertise and guidance to both students and staff.”

Angela O’Donoghue, Principal and Chief Executive at South Essex College, said: “The college’s new Centre for Digital Technologies in Basildon town centre, Essex is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for students on courses with a tech focus including IT networking, app development, games design and animation. We’re very happy to be partnering with Sharp on this project so students can benefit from this industry-led educational experience.”

A bit about Sharp Business Systems...

SEE offers a comprehensive portfolio of award-winning document management and display solutions to help organisations transform the way they engage with information. Sharp’s industry-leading MFPs and large production systems sit at the heart of integrated applications for digital transformation, while display solutions include video walls for immersive entertainment, digital signage and innovative interactive touchscreens for engaging presentations. Through its sales and support service Sharp helps its customers create, manage, visualise and share information, inspiring ideas from technology. 

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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