Sun Microsystems Education and Research Initiative Launched to Alleviate Digital Divide In Education Worldwide

Multimillion-Dollar Contributions Of Software, Network Servers and Programs

Enhance Learning and Prepare Students for the Global Economy



Apr 15, 2002, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) has launched a major worldwide campaign
 to help close the digital divide, by working in partnership with the global
 academic community to enable any student, anywhere to better learn and prepare
 to participate in the global economy.  The initiative ultimately will equip
 millions of students and teachers with access to the Internet and technology,
 so that they can take advantage of the best Web-based educational resources
 and build the information technology skills fast becoming crucial to business
 around the globe.  This week, Sun Education and Research will make significant
 new contributions in Latin America, as the company extends programs already
 initiated in the People's Republic of China and makes plans to launch similar
 programs on all continents.
     Sun's initiative emphasizes three critical elements:  access to
 productivity software, centralized education Web "portals," and training for
 teachers to help students use these tools to boost learning and acquire
 technology skills increasingly valued in business worldwide.
 
     Through this ambitious campaign, Sun:
 
     -- Provides participating nations' public schools with StarOffice(TM)
        6.0, one of the world's largest open productivity software suites based
        on open source development -- familiarizing students and instructors
        with applications frequently used in business;
     -- Helps schools adopt the Sun Open Network Environment (Sun ONE) model
        for anyone, anywhere to use centralized applications and services
        -- eliminating outdated desktop software and costly upgrades;
     -- Helps develop and offer programs for teachers to incorporate technology
        into classroom and distance instruction.
 
     "Technology is truly a key to learning and working in a global economy,
 and together with national ministries of education, Sun will help to pave the
 way for productivity and achievement," said Kim Jones, vice president of
 global education and research, Sun Microsystems. "Our heritage is firmly based
 in academia, and we are committed to enabling the global educational community
 to quickly, easily and affordably access information, Web learning, peers,
 parent and teacher communities and other learning opportunities, regardless of
 where they are or the equipment they use to do so," she said.
 
     Contributions in Latin America, People's Republic of China
     This week, Sun will launch programs in Latin America.  In Chile,
 StarOffice 6.0 will be presented to the Ministry of Education (MOE) for
 replication and distribution to more than 3.5 million students, teachers and
 administrators.  Sun and Chile's MOE will work together to ensure
 they can use technology in the classroom and to access e-learning resources,
 as well as take advantage of the extensive content, programs and online
 communities at Educarchile.cl, the MOE's national education portal.
     In Brazil, Sun will work closely with the Committee for Democracy in
 Information Technology (CDI), as an outgrowth of the World Economic Forum's
 Global Digital Divide Initiative.  Sun will begin a massive effort to benefit
 6.5 millions students, with the inauguration of Sun computer labs in schools
 in several poor communities; a planning meeting with the Brazilian MOE for
 distribution of StarOffice 6.0; and preparations to produce televised training
 for teachers.
     Recently, Sun presented the MOE of the People's Republic of China with
 StarOffice 6.0.  Sun has contributed state-of-the-art networking equipment for
 build-out of a distance learning infrastructure and now, students, educators
 and administrators nationwide will have unlimited access to productivity
 software. In addition, Sun and the ministry agreed to work closely on the
 development of a competitive software industry in China, capable of supplying
 top-quality products to domestic and foreign markets.
     In addition to the worldwide campaign, some of Sun's other research and
 education-related activities in the U.S. and abroad include the creation of
 technology Centers of Excellence to foster advances in teaching, research,
 entrepreneurship and hiring in businesses of all sizes. Sun also maintains
 ongoing investment in the education community through equipment grants,
 teacher professional development, and hardware and software programs designed
 to reduce the cost of IT infrastructure ownership.
 
     Sun Microsystems in Education
     Sun is a leading provider of open network computing solutions to colleges
 and universities around the world, powering academic, research and high
 performance computing systems, campus administration, digital libraries and
 student instructions systems. In addition, Sun is committed to connecting the
 world's students to the Internet, beginning with primary and secondary schools
 and extending to all levels of higher education. For more information:
 www.sun.com/edu.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web
 at http://sun.com
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, StarOffice, StarSuite
 and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  U.S., Alexa Hanes of Sun Microsystems, +1-650-786-5145, or
 alexa.hanes@sun.com
 
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    PALO ALTO, Calif., April 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) has launched a major worldwide campaign
 to help close the digital divide, by working in partnership with the global
 academic community to enable any student, anywhere to better learn and prepare
 to participate in the global economy.  The initiative ultimately will equip
 millions of students and teachers with access to the Internet and technology,
 so that they can take advantage of the best Web-based educational resources
 and build the information technology skills fast becoming crucial to business
 around the globe.  This week, Sun Education and Research will make significant
 new contributions in Latin America, as the company extends programs already
 initiated in the People's Republic of China and makes plans to launch similar
 programs on all continents.
     Sun's initiative emphasizes three critical elements:  access to
 productivity software, centralized education Web "portals," and training for
 teachers to help students use these tools to boost learning and acquire
 technology skills increasingly valued in business worldwide.
 
     Through this ambitious campaign, Sun:
 
     -- Provides participating nations' public schools with StarOffice(TM)
        6.0, one of the world's largest open productivity software suites based
        on open source development -- familiarizing students and instructors
        with applications frequently used in business;
     -- Helps schools adopt the Sun Open Network Environment (Sun ONE) model
        for anyone, anywhere to use centralized applications and services
        -- eliminating outdated desktop software and costly upgrades;
     -- Helps develop and offer programs for teachers to incorporate technology
        into classroom and distance instruction.
 
     "Technology is truly a key to learning and working in a global economy,
 and together with national ministries of education, Sun will help to pave the
 way for productivity and achievement," said Kim Jones, vice president of
 global education and research, Sun Microsystems. "Our heritage is firmly based
 in academia, and we are committed to enabling the global educational community
 to quickly, easily and affordably access information, Web learning, peers,
 parent and teacher communities and other learning opportunities, regardless of
 where they are or the equipment they use to do so," she said.
 
     Contributions in Latin America, People's Republic of China
     This week, Sun will launch programs in Latin America.  In Chile,
 StarOffice 6.0 will be presented to the Ministry of Education (MOE) for
 replication and distribution to more than 3.5 million students, teachers and
 administrators.  Sun and Chile's MOE will work together to ensure
 they can use technology in the classroom and to access e-learning resources,
 as well as take advantage of the extensive content, programs and online
 communities at Educarchile.cl, the MOE's national education portal.
     In Brazil, Sun will work closely with the Committee for Democracy in
 Information Technology (CDI), as an outgrowth of the World Economic Forum's
 Global Digital Divide Initiative.  Sun will begin a massive effort to benefit
 6.5 millions students, with the inauguration of Sun computer labs in schools
 in several poor communities; a planning meeting with the Brazilian MOE for
 distribution of StarOffice 6.0; and preparations to produce televised training
 for teachers.
     Recently, Sun presented the MOE of the People's Republic of China with
 StarOffice 6.0.  Sun has contributed state-of-the-art networking equipment for
 build-out of a distance learning infrastructure and now, students, educators
 and administrators nationwide will have unlimited access to productivity
 software. In addition, Sun and the ministry agreed to work closely on the
 development of a competitive software industry in China, capable of supplying
 top-quality products to domestic and foreign markets.
     In addition to the worldwide campaign, some of Sun's other research and
 education-related activities in the U.S. and abroad include the creation of
 technology Centers of Excellence to foster advances in teaching, research,
 entrepreneurship and hiring in businesses of all sizes. Sun also maintains
 ongoing investment in the education community through equipment grants,
 teacher professional development, and hardware and software programs designed
 to reduce the cost of IT infrastructure ownership.
 
     Sun Microsystems in Education
     Sun is a leading provider of open network computing solutions to colleges
 and universities around the world, powering academic, research and high
 performance computing systems, campus administration, digital libraries and
 student instructions systems. In addition, Sun is committed to connecting the
 world's students to the Internet, beginning with primary and secondary schools
 and extending to all levels of higher education. For more information:
 www.sun.com/edu.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The
 Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. to its position as a
 leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that
 power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their businesses to
 the nth. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web
 at http://sun.com
 
     NOTE:  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, StarOffice, StarSuite
 and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun
 Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
 
     CONTACT:  U.S., Alexa Hanes of Sun Microsystems, +1-650-786-5145, or
 alexa.hanes@sun.com
 
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