After more than two years of investigation and an investment of R1-million by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, 488 students formed part of an initiative to see if having tablets improved academic achievement.
The recipients received training on the new devices last week.
The tablets, valued at R1200 each, will also allow students the opportunity of downloading e-books and having direct access to the university's online assisted learning programmes.
NMMU spokeswoman Debbie Derry said: "If the feedback from the project is positive, then the university will look at making further tablets available ... the pilot project will run for two years."
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