IBM grows computing initiative with new partner universities

educationdive | April 26, 2019

IBM grows computing initiative with new partner universities
IBM on Thursday announced that several U.S. and international universities are joining its IBM Q Network, which aims to advance training and research in quantum computing.Faculty members at Florida State University, the University of Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Stony Brook University and the University of Tokyo will have access to the company's quantum computing systems for both research and student teaching, the company said. Several other institutions — including Harvard University, Duke University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — will work with the Network to conduct research on improving quantum systems. The expansion of the IBM Q Network adds to the steady stream of recent partnerships between tech corporations and colleges. In particular, there has been "an explosion" of research deals involving corporations and colleges over the past decade, according to Kenneth Lutchen, dean of Boston University's College of Engineering.That's because belt-tightening companies want to tap into higher education for early-stage research, and colleges — which often have tight budgets as well — desire to "contribute more to their local economies," Lutchen contends. Such relationships can benefit both parties, according to Lutchen. For instance, the University of Rhode Island is creating three "innovation" campuses meant to help commercialize academic research and bolster the local economy. The effort is funded by $12 million from public support and an expected $122 in private investment.

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Each year, Project Tomorrow, a national education nonpro t organization, facilitates the Speak Up National Research Project and, as part of this initiative, tracks the growing student, educator and parent interest in digital learning, and how our nation’s schools and districts are addressing that interest with innovative ways to use technology in and out of the classroom. While technological advancements have made it possible for us to customize how we shop, bank and interact with each other, for the most part the traditional classroom model has continued to rely upon one size ts all paradigm that may support eficiency, but does not adequately address individual students’ strengths and weaknesses. But that may be changing

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