Virginia Union University, a Historically Black College/University (HBCU), has announced a partnership/initiative with Apple. It’s designed to “create a culture of innovation by providing first-year students with a technology bundle of multiple Apple products to support their success on campus.”
The new initiative, Mobile Learning, Mobile Life will provide incoming first-year students with an iPad Air, Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard Folio, Apple Watch, and AirPods Pro to support students’ education and campus life at VUU. This initiative demonstrates the importance VUU places on providing the most successful university experience for students, and preparing them for the digital lifestyle and workplace requirements of the future, says r. Hakim J. Lucas, president and CEO of Virginia Union University.
“Creating a Smart Campus at VUU is critical to the academic learning environment of a 21st Century student,” he adds in a press release. “Apple has the products, apps, and professional learning support that will allow our students to access books, classes and research materials at their fingertips,” said Dr. Hakim J. Lucas, President and CEO of Virginia Union University. “Our collaboration goes much further than technology; Smart Campus will help as we prepare students to enter the workforce, putting them on the path to generational wealth.”
Beginning with the incoming class of 2025, each cohort of freshmen students will receive an Apple product bundle. Lucas says the University chose to make these Apple products available to incoming students to provide them with a significant leg up in their success. In addition, VUU will offer Apple’s coding and app development curriculum to all students, to prepare them for technology careers post-graduation, and contribute to the growing number of students of color in STEM professions.
Virginia Union University is a liberal arts urban institution of higher education and center of excellence for the preparation of students and the development of leaders for tomorrow’s world. It was founded in 1865 to give newly emancipated slaves an opportunity for education and advancement.