Earlier today (30 April), YOOZOO donated the first batch of laptops worth S$600,000 to university students from Republic Polytechnic and Nanyang Polytechnic.
The initiative by the global entertainment company aims towards supporting the university students’ online learning during the pandemic.
In total, the donation will be made to five Singaporean tertiary institutions: Nanyang Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and Republic Polytechnic.
On 7 April, enhanced measures against the coronavirus, dubbed “circuit breaker”, were launched in Singapore that required all local schools to transition to online teaching in order to contain the spread of the virus.
This prompted a rush among parents to buy electronic devices such as laptops and tablets for their children, resulting in a shortage which inadvertently created a risk of denying many university students access to online courses – particularly those without a laptop at their disposal.
Upon learning of the situation, YOOZOO pulled together S$600,000 worth of high-spec laptops which will be donated to university students from the five aforementioned institutions.
“A company’s well-being is intricately linked to that of the environment where it operates. As a socially responsible organization, YOOZOO is working together with local communities to combat the crisis.
“Thanks to our network of global resources, we were able to organize these supplies to be donated in a short period of time, as our way of contributing to the efforts against the pandemic. YOOZOO has established an AI Innovation Lab in Singapore, which serves as a key component of the company’s R&D efforts.
“As our donation shows, we highly value our partnership with the academic world in order to develop local talent. We have built strategic partnerships with five Singaporean educational institutions, with whom we plan to introduce courses in gaming and software as well as internship programs and job opportunities.
“We believe that this effort, which combines theoretical education with hands-on practice, will improve our global talent pool and boost the growth of our organization, the local gaming industry and the local economy as a whole,” said Qin Liu, head of YOOZOO’s Singapore division.