3Com yesterday announced a $1.5 million commitment to IT education, which includes the construction of 15 regional training centres and forging partnerships with schools and universities.
The 12-month investment is focused on integrating technology into education programs and a "convergence application initiative program" designed to boost networking research and education in the Asia-Pacific region's universities.
David Katz, 3Com's director of global market development, said the company's industry education strategy follows networking technology's increasing role in driving economic growth.
The first strategy to integrate technology into education programs incorporates "NetPrep" -- a standards-based, vendor-independent training curriculum for secondary schools, Tafes and colleges.
The company reports it is focused on the design, implementation, management and integration of computer networks.
The convergence application initiative largely consists of grants to universities for networking research, the first of which went to National University of Singapore's Centre of Internet Research in October 1998.