$36 million for UH tech upgrades announced at Waikiki education summit

Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter
Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A summit on higher education in Hawaii was held Friday in Waikiki. The gathering involved more than 200 people from different fields including business, government, and education. The University of Hawaii sponsored the day-long event. Officials want to stress the importance of higher education and promote partnerships for the future.

"A common understanding of what we're going to have to do to advance the economy of the state, provide jobs for our citizens, and to encourage education and reeducation" said MRC Greenwood, president of the University of Hawaii.

"That's one of the reasons why Hawaii was successful in our Race to the Top competition because of the integration of K-12 and higher education, all for the purpose toward President Obama's goal to have the best educated, most competitive workforce in the world" said Martha Kanter, US Undersecretary of Education.

During the summit, Senator Dan Inouye announced via video message that the University of Hawaii will receive $36 million to provide high-speed Internet access to public colleges and schools around the state. Once installed, schools and libraries will be able to access the internet at speeds of 1 gigabit per second. Connections at UH campuses will reach 10 gigabits a second.

The federal money also will purchase nearly 700 computers for public use in 66 locations throughout the state.

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