US university provides tablets and laptops to new students

Winona State University has provided tablets and laptops to new students.

Freshmen at this summer’s introductory sessions will receive an iPad Mini and a laptop as part of a new programme that aims to improve the technological nous of undergraduates across its campus.

Officials at the institution say this is the first time any university in the region has implemented such a scheme, according to Winona Daily News.

In January of this year, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System board approved a five year deal with Aspen Capital to finance the programme, which will cost around $6 million (£3.9 million) annually.

However, bosses at Winona State University said tuition fees charged to students will not increase because of the changes and, in fact, decreased by $500 in the past few years.

Ken Janz, the educational institution’s associate vice president for IT services, said: “We’re seeing daily life [here] revolving around a three-device world of smartphone, laptop and tablet.

“We’re trying to prepare students and lay the groundwork for them to enter this world.”