Ms Neelie Kroes – European Commissioner for Digital Agenda pictured here with Ronan Byrne – HEAnet CTO and students from St. Colmcille’s Community School, Knocklyon, D16 – Friday 22 Mar 2013.
DUBLIN, Ireland: 22 March 2013. Ms Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, visited a post-primary school in Knocklyon, Dublin, today to witness first-hand the positive impact that high-speed broadband is making on teaching and learning in that school.
St. Colmcille’s Community School, Knocklyon, was one of the first post-primary schools in the country to be connected to HEAnet’s 100Mbit/s High-Speed Schools Programme and has enjoyed the benefits of symmetrical (two-way) 100 Mbit/s broadband speeds since 2010. The staff and students of St. Colmcille’s demonstrated the benefits of broadband across a variety of teaching subjects including Art, Mathematics and Technical Graphics. The school has also recently installed WiFi access in every classroom across the school.
To date, HEAnet have connected 280 post-primary schools to its high-speed backbone network under this programme, with the balance of 450 post-primary schools to be connected over 2013 and 2014 in line with the Government’s programme timetable.
Connecting schools to HEAnet serves to leverage the public investment in the HEAnet education and research network to date. In leveraging this investment, HEAnet are very grateful to those Higher Education Institutes that are facilitating access to their campus locations and thus enabling delivery of cost-effective backhaul to schools from regional areas. National transit of schools traffic is also being facilitated by ESB Telecoms which underpins a significant portion of the HEAnet backbone.
This programme is being funded by the Dept. of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources and the Dept. of Education & Skills, supported by Ireland’s EU Structural Funds Programme and the European Regional Development Fund.
HEAnet is Ireland’s National Education and Research Network and provides cutting edge Internet and associated ICT and e-Infrastructure services to Educational and Research organisations throughout Ireland.
HEAnet’s e-Infrastructure services underpin academic research and education activity in Ireland with approximately 200,000 students and staff (third-level) and approximately 800,000 students and staff (first and second-level) relying on the HEAnet network each day for their learning and research needs.
Established in 1984 by the Irish Universities with the support of the Higher Education Authority, HEAnet today provides an essential e-Infrastructure service across all levels of the Irish education system. Our very high bandwidth network connects all Irish Universities, all Institutes of Technology, other higher education institutions (HEIs) and research organisations, in addition to all primary and post-primary schools across Ireland.
It is HEAnet that connects these Irish learners and researchers to the Internet, online educational resources, and to fellow national educational and research networks in Europe, the USA and the rest of the world.
HEAnet is committed to delivering, supporting and maintaining the most cost-effective and technically advanced e-Infrastructure and services to meet the needs of its user community. Cost- efficiency is at the heart of the HEAnet operation as its core mission statement is to deliver value for money.
About The Digital Agenda:
The Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) aims to reboot Europe’s economy and help Europe’s citizens and businesses to get the most out of digital technologies. It is the first of seven flagships initiatives under Europe 2020, the EU’s strategy to deliver smart sustainable and inclusive growth.