With an increasing emphasis on ecological matters when it comes to both creating and disposing of modern consumer technology, it's logical to see high-tech firms get involved in education. This is exactly what's happening with Sharp in Japan.

The Osaka-based company is collaborating with Osaka University's Graduate School of Engineering by conducting a course on how to manufacture next-generation gadgetry in a more environmentally neutral fashion.

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Running until March 2009, the lecture-based course focuses on clean production technologies for creating products from solar panels to the LCD displays Sharp is famous for.

Moreover, this is no publicity stunt - Sharp is putting its resources where its mouth is and providing ¥100 million (£430,000) to fund the course and six of its own engineers to teach alongside a similar number of university lecturers.