This initiative is in line with the university's One Student, One Laptop Initiative (1S1L), which aims to provide laptops to deserving undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The beneficiary schools include the West African Genetic Medicine Centre (WAGMC), the University of Ghana Medical School, the School of Biomedical and Allied Health Sciences, and the School of Social Sciences.
Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, highlighted the significance of laptops in enhancing education delivery, learning, and research for students. She emphasized the laptops' role in bridging the digital divide and developing technological skills.
The university's vision to become a world-class research-intensive institution necessitates the active involvement of research graduate students. Previously, the initiative focused on undergraduate students, but now the university is expanding to benefit graduate students as well.
The 1S1L Committee, chaired by Prof. Peter Quartey, originated during the pandemic to address the challenges faced by students participating in online classes and academic activities.
Partnerships with IT companies were established to secure free laptops for students in need, while plans include establishing an assembling plant on campus and acquiring laptops through contractual agreements to make them more accessible to students.
The distribution of laptops is not limited to needy students; even those who can afford them may obtain laptops at a discount.
A committee has been established to manage the distribution process, and students can apply for laptops through the university's website based on established criteria.