Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Penn Team to Help Build Ghana's IT Infrastructure. (Tech Briefs)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Penn Team to Help Build Ghana's IT Infrastructure. (Tech Briefs)

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PHILADELPHIA

Engineering students and faculty at the lie University of Pennsylvania and an African university have received a donation of Hewlett-Packard equipment and services valued at $1.12 million to establish a high-speed information and communication infrastructure in Ghana. The initiative is believed to be the most extensive international digital divide effort undertaken by an American institution of higher education.

The Hewlett-Packard award, to be administered jointly by Penn and Ghana's Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), will develop a computing infrastructure at KNUST and computer centers in eastern Ghana, including the nation's second-largest city of Kumasi. Hewlett-Packard will work with KNUST and Ghana Telecom in the next few months to put in place high-speed fiber optic lines.

"Few events have a more positive effect on a community than the arrival of digital technology and the Web; they are the loudest heralds of progress and global inclusion," says Penn engineering Dean Eduardo D. Glandt. "This program will empower individuals and change their lives. We are extremely fortunate to be able to participate in it."

This summer, a team of Penn engineering undergraduates will travel to Ghana to offer instruction to miners on basic computer use, systems administration and computer repair and maintenance. …

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