Sun Technology Powers Student Learning Environment in Europe

3/3/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) announced widespread adoption of its computing solutions for educational institutions across Europe, in addition to solidifying further academic relationships with the recent addition of The Ministry of Education Catalonia, Spain and the SRH Business Academy in Heidelberg, Germany as Centers of Excellence. Sun's innovative and open software offerings including the Java Desktop System (Java DS), the Java Enterprise System and the StarOffice productivity suite offer educational institutions an alternative to the proprietary technology and restrictive licensing models of competitors. From all corners of Europe, spanning K-12 education to colleges and universities, institutions such as the University of Oxford, United Kingdom and the European campus of INSEAD in France are reaping the benefits and advancing the student learning environment using Sun technology.

"Sun technology is clearly making in-roads across Europe and academic institutions have welcomed our continued commitment to offering a less complex, open computing alternative," said Kim Jones, vice president, Global Education and Research for Sun Microsystems. "During our annual Worldwide Education and Research Conference in Madrid we're meeting with key educators, technologists and visionaries so we can continue to work together to transform education for the future."

"Technology from Sun Microsystems is key to running the educational portals for the Ministry of Education of Catalonia," said Ferran Ruiz Tarrago, IT department for the Ministry of Education of Catalonia. "Both students and teachers across Catalonia benefit from the anywhere, anytime access to educational resources through their digital desktops."

Sun Advances Student Learning Environments
From desktops to enterprise infrastructure software, Sun has been instrumental in helping schools and universities advance student learning environments. Successful implementations across Europe include:

Sun Microsystems Extends Partnerships with Education Program Initiatives
Sun's commitment to support the education and research sector is exemplified by the breadth of programs designed to encourage partnering with academic institutions and foster collaborative relationships. Recent successes in Europe include:

More information on Sun Global Education and Research is available on the World Wide Web at

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

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