BEIJING (AP) -- IBM Corp. has agreed to establish computer technology programs at universities in China.

The computer maker will contribute $25 million in computer equipment, staff support, scholarships and grants, IBM chief executive Louis Gerstner said Thursday after signing the agreement with China's State Education Commission.

Gerstner said IBM will further the development of China Education and Research Network, a computer network that will connect universities around China. An advanced computer at Qinghua University in Beijing will be eventually linked to the world's largest supercomputer at Cornell University in New York.

The venture will also set up technical centers at about 20 Chinese universities to develop computer science courses, Gerstner said.

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