Autodesk increases benefits for students and educators.
In the past we’ve written on the support that Autodesk brings to the table for not only commercial and government users but also students. There is no question that by providing educational discounts, free training materials, videos and educational internet portal is a definite effort to help create and cultivate the CAD professionals of tomorrow. So on September 10 when Autodesk announced that they would be “its support for students and educators” we were puzzled as to what more they could do.
It seems that the answer is pretty simple. Autodesk just plans to do more of what it has already done. In addition to previous efforts Autodesk now offers specially priced bundles to educational IT departments. These bundles represent very complete solutions based grouped by discipline. The Autodesk Educational Suite for Civil & Structural Engineering 2010 contains 11 separate applications alone. Included are flagship products like AutoCAD Civil 3D and Autodesk 3ds Max to name just two. Other suites are designed for the Architecture, Mechanical, Industrial and Entertainment design fields. Also worth noting is the Autodesk Education Master Suite 2010 which contains 18 separate applications for students and educators. Be sure to visit Autodesk Post Secondary Education page for a full listing of education bundles and full information on the applications they contain.
As if these discounted discipline bundles were not impressive enough, Autodesk has more to offer the students of today and the CAD professionals of tomorrow. Autodesk is offering offsite licenses for use on student and faculty personal computers for schools purchasing the educational suites. To a young student starting on the road to design world that can be an amazing benefit. Autodesk will also continue offering its Student Expert Program to help develop peer experts in the classroom. All of which is in addition to the online curriculum, training videos, and community support students and educators have enjoyed in the past.
While there is no doubt that the entire CAD industry has taken the economic turn of 2008 and 2009 very serious, it’s nice to see a developer working to create the CAD professionals of tomorrow. This is the kind of support students, educators, and institutions need from the professionals and developers of our field. If you have used these, or any program, to your benefit or if you have idea on how Kung Fu Drafter can help your classmates leave us a comment below. Here at Kung Fu Drafter we believe in helping the CAD professionals of tomorrow. It’s just the kind of people we are today …
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