BINUS University enhances online learning with Windows 8.1

JAKARTA, June 27, 2014 – BINUS University, in partnership with Microsoft and ASUS, today announced the deployment of Windows 8.1 based ASUS Transformer Book T100 devices to enhance its online learning. The devices will be used by diploma, bachelor’s and master’s degree students within the BINUS Online Learning program.

“As the pioneer of ICT-based higher education institution in Indonesia, BINUS University takes advantage of the most advanced technology for our academic system. This is why we establish our partnership with Microsoft and ASUS in maximizing our learning methods in Online Learning as the pioneer of online education in Indonesia,” said Prof. Dr. Ir. Harjanto Prabowo MM. Rector of BINUS University.

Agus Putranto, Online learning Deputy Director at BINUS University added, “Most of our students in Online Learning program come from a variety of backgrounds. They include professionals, business owners, athletes, and many more, with high desire to develop themselves but have very limited time due to their activities. Through this partnership, the students are expected to be able to maximize the use of technology to improve their productivity. This aligns with our tagline: Flexible Study, Qualified Graduates.”

Windows 8.1 is fast, fluid and delivers a connected experience for users; as well as advances the bold vision with a blend of the desktop experience and the modern UI experience with the reimagined Start Screen, powered by Bing for a complete Windows experience. The modern OS enables leading consumer electronics brands like ASUS to design innovative hybrid computing device that can function as a tablet or notebook to address the growing need for mobility.

“Microsoft is committed to enhancing learning opportunities in every classroom with the right combination of technologies, devices and services. With Windows 8.1, it helps educators create new possibilities with a consistent user experience, social connectivity, heightened security, across the Windows 8 ecosystem. BINUS University’s investment in Windows 8.1 devices will power up their Online Learning program for a new world of learning,” said Bernard Saisse, Marketing and Operations Director, Microsoft Indonesia.

ASUS Transformer Book T100 comes with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 integrated with the cloud via OneDrive, and a set of security features such as Windows Defender and SmartScreen. “Windows 8.1 on tablet devices such as ASUS Transformer Book T100 allows students to collaborate more securely and multitask easily,” said Lucky Gani, Business Group Head, Windows Division, Microsoft Indonesia.

Rex Lee, Regional Director of ASUS South East Asia, also expressed the same notion, ”Today ASUS is entering the commercial business, especially education segment, and we have the perfect device for this industry in the form of ASUS Transformer Book T100,” said Rex Lee.

“With the deployment of ASUS Transformer Book T100, we believe that it is a strategic step for BINUS University to bring Online Learning program to the next level. We hope that the versatility and reliability of ASUS Transformer Book T100 with battery life that can support up to 11 hours can contribute to ease the learning process of the students,“ Rex Lee continued.

ASUS Transformer Book T100 is an ultraportable, hybrid notebook, featuring Intel BayTrail Z3740 quad-core processor and 10.1-inch HD screen. When its keyboard is detached, the 1.07 kg notebook can also function as an independent Windows 8.1 tablet, weighing only 0.55 kg. It is very flexible and suitable to support the productivity of highly mobile people, especially those who often multitask.

Moreover, the ASUS Transformer Book T100 also comes with ASUS InstantOn technology that will enable the device to instantly response when it’s activated from a maximum 14 days standby mode. The ASUS SonicMaster also offers clear audio production.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About ASUS
ASUS is top 2 consumer notebook manufacturer and the largest motherboard manufacturer in the world. ASUS design and produces various types of IT products to meet end user’s needs, ranging from notebooks, Books, desktop PCs, servers, network devices, and smartphones. Motivated by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013. Currently ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the world, where 4,500 of whom are world class engineers in R&D (research and development). In 2013 alone, ASUS revenue reached US$ 14billion.

In Indonesia, according to IDC research firm, ASUS ranked the first in the mobile computing devices (outside of Books) market for the whole of 2013 with a market share of 25.4 percent. In the first quarter of 2014, IDC also reported that in the mobile computing business, ASUS continues to show positive growth trend and ended the quarter with 31.82 percent market share. In addition, the GfK research institute also released data that in April 2014, ASUS dominate the market in Indonesia with a market share of 29.1 percent. ASUS’s number one position in the mobile computing devices market is not only in Indonesia, but also in other Southeast Asian countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

About Binus University
Since 2008, Binus University offers Online Learning program for people aspiring formal education but constrained by time limitation. Binus Online Learning program currently offers three-year diploma in Computerized Accounting, bachelor degree in Information System, Marketing Management, and Accounting, as well as master degree in Management, Information Technology, and Information System Management.

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