Old computers on offer

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 October, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 October, 1998, 12:00am

City University students are to be offered free computers to help home studies - but the machines are too old to access the Internet or draw graphics.

The university yesterday launched a programme designed to help needy students acquire personal computers to help their studies.

Hundreds of computers on campus recently underwent a network upgrade.

The university said students could borrow computers, keep them until graduation and then buy them for a nominal fee if they wished.

Director of the university's computer services K. H. Poon said: 'Although these refurbished PCs are not the latest models, they are all in good condition and sufficient to do most of the work for students.

'This is one of many initiatives at City University to support the use of technology in learning on and off campus. The programme is also an environmental and cost-effective way to make full use of information technology resources.' Hong Kong University last month launched a programme to promote use of computers. All first-year students have been sponsored to buy notebook computers at below-market prices.