The kits reportedly build off of the the Linux-based PlayStation 2 schemes found in 20 UK universities. They will also ship with the same programming and debugging tools as used by commercial studios. Expected launch partners include University of Abertay Dundee, Sheffield Hallam and Hull universities.
We can't wait to see how this might expand the PSP's homebrew scene. Further details are expected soon; no word on Sony's academic pursuits in other regions (e.g. North America, Japan).
[Via PSP Fanboy]