|AUD Redefines Global Learning with Cisco TelePresence Technology|
|The Global Classroom: Three-Screen Virtual Hall Links AUD Students to Leading Universities Across the World|
|Dated : December 6th, 2011|
The American University in Dubai (AUD) inaugurated today a novel virtual lecture hall for its students with the custom-built Cisco TelePresence 3210 technology. Located in the University’s Student Center, the new lecture facility, dubbed the Global Classroom, with the three plasma displays, provides Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication (MBRSC) students with access to professors, business leaders and guest lecturers located around the globe, thus extending the in-person classroom experience across campuses worldwide.
The launch was attended by AUD’s President, Dr. Lance de Masi, Executive Vice President, Mr. Elias Bou Saab, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Jihad Nader, Mr. Ali Jaber, Dean of the Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication (MBRSC), alongside other administrative and faculty members, who were joined by a delegation from Cisco, headed by Mr. Wayne Hull, Director and General Manager for Cisco in the UAE.
On the significance of the TelePresence technology to the interactive nature of any classroom, Dean Jaber comments, “We are particularly proud to announce that our cooperation with Cisco has resulted in the development of the first TelePresence classroom of its kind in the Arab World. The Global Classroom will represent a door to many Arab students, who do not possess the means to acquire international education, to enjoy full lectures by the best professors across the world universities in a full interactive environment.”
Following a meeting between H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, and John Chambers, Cisco Chairman and CEO, during his visit to the UAE, Cisco took an initiative to contribute to HH’s vision to transform education in Dubai and provide access to students in Dubai to international universities and educational institutions. This initiative was delivered through Cisco’s contribution to MBRSC to build the first Global Classroom in the Arab World.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed has made this ground breaking initiative possible through his relentless support and generous donations to MBRSC. “Work on developing a whole masters program based on the Global Classroom is already underway and lectures by American professors in Los Angeles to Arab students in Dubai have already begun,” explains Dean Jaber.
The TelePresence technology realistically conveys the body language and human elements via the combination of high-definition video and audio setup. Drawing on the link between such an educational endeavor and substantiating the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed, Dean Jaber says, “Our definition of education surpasses the ordinary to tackle an immersive, lifelike communications experience that results in further knowledge advancement. This is but an attestation to the doctrines emphasized by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed in the educational aspect of his vision.”
The Global Classroom at MBRSC is connected to Ankabut the United Arab Emirates’ National Research and Education Network (NREN) offering academic institutions connectivity to other education networks around the world. Through this connectivity, MBRSC’s Global Class Room has access to the US-based national research network National Lambda Rail (NLR), a not-for-profit advanced networking consortium, which owns and operates a national Cisco TelePresence Exchange providing Cisco TelePresence connectivity among higher education institutions.
About the reason behind allocating AUD’s MBRSC as the destination of its TelePresence technology in the region, Cisco’s Director and General Manager in the UAE Mr. Hull asserts, "Our collaboration with leading universities and schools in Dubai like the MBRSC at AUD is a key milestone in creating 21st century learning environments that more effectively prepare students to participate in the global economy. This is a true demonstration that the MBRSC has the vision to use Cisco's technology to extend their academic expertise and share resources with students around the globe in a way that will truly change the way the world learns."
The facility shall empower richer and more productive collaboration for research purposes and create numerous prospective educational opportunities.
Dean Jaber concludes, “I truly hope that AUD and Dubai remain determined to always engage cutting edge technology in developing education.”
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