University of Johannesburg help out NSFAS students with mini iPads

By Drum Digital
07 March 2017

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has invested R10 million for first year students funded by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme to get Apple tablets.

In the quest to make a good investment, Director of the Centre for Academic Technologies says that UJ is a university that is committed to its students and to extending a helping hand, especially to those in need.

“Some of the students come from disadvantaged background and we are committed to closing that gap”, she says. “The tablets will help them access information and will improve the teaching and learning process.”

The iPads will only be given to first year students funded by NSFAS. So far, the University has handed out more than 600 iPads in five days, with the aim to help over 3 000 of their students.

The students will also have access to campus-wide Wi-Fi connectivity and charging points.

“They can access everything and we know that young people function better with hand-held devices, so not laptops. We managed to make a good deal with Apple,” says De Wet. “We wanted to give them the real thing, not just any brand.”

Gadgets such as tablets and laptops are used worldwide, in secondary and tertiary level.

Should any student lose their device, they will have to get an affidavit and case number from a police station. Students don’t need to return the iPads as they have full ownership.

This is not the only thing the university has done to look out for their students. Eighteen million was also used to help first and second year students acquire three e-Books each.

Prof. De Wet also said this gesture is a challenge to other higher learning institutions to “up their game.”

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