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ST Microelectronics - Digital Unify

The Digital Unify is STMicroelectronics Foundation’s major program. It aims at spreading the benefits of digital technology, by providing free of cost both the technology as well as the basic training to those who have no knowledge of how to use a personal computer and access the internet. Starting in 2003, DU projects have touched twenty countries: Bolivia, Burundi, Cambodia, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, France, India, Italy, Malaysia, Morocco, Malta, Nepal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda. The Digital Unify program has reached 176’443 beneficiaries as of Q4 2012.

It consists of the setting up of computer training centers (Labs), in collaboration with local partners such as schools, NGOs, local administrations and the like, and the spearheading of a free computer literacy course called Informatics and Computer Basics (ICB) created by ST employees. Labs are set up based on a Turn-key Lab Model which typically consists of 11 users, internet connection and, when needed, Photovoltaic System.

The material is to be delivered to the partner with detailed installation description. A contribution to the partner for running expenses is envisaged based on the number of trainees and courses held per project year.

The Digital Unify Program’s activity in India has been growing steadily since its inception in 2003. As of Q1 2013, sixteen computer labs are active throughout the country. Four labs exist in four schools neighboring ST offices in Noida.
They are: Rashtriya Shiksha Sadan Inter College, NS Balika Kanya Inter College, Bharitya Adarsh Inter College and Pandit Salag Ram Higher Secondary School.

DU India has reached over 16'952 trainees as of Q1 2013. The Foundation is willing to cooperate with more local partners in order to expand the Program to new locations in India in the future.