Global Classroom to link students in Doha and Washington

Georgetown University School of Foreign Service deploys Polycom conferencing suite to deliver teaching between Qatar and US campuses

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By  Mark Sutton Published  March 3, 2008

The Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar has rolled out a Polycom video conferencing suite that will enable the school to link to its US campus to share lectures and seminars.

The Global Classroom initiative will be used to deliver lectures between the two campuses, to ensure a consistent learning experience for undergraduate students.

Polycom's RealPresence Experience High Definition (RPXTMHD) technology includes high-definition displays, low profile microphones, controls and cameras, and special dual lens camera technology that enables speakers in different locations to make realistic eye contact during sessions, to improve communications.

James Reardon-Anderson, dean of the School of Foreign Service in Qatar commented: "The point of the global classroom is to enable students and teachers in separate locations to experience learning as if they were in the same room. This gives students from different countries and cultures an opportunity to talk directly to one another, and it weaves together the two Georgetown campuses in ways that have not been possible in the past."

The Global Classroom was rolled out by Polycom partner Techno Q, who will also provide service for the video suite.

Youssef Saleh, vice president and general manager of telepresence and vertical solutions at Polycom said: "Georgetown University's Global Classroom is a great example of how Polycom telepresence solutions can erase the collaboration barriers caused by distance and create wonderful new opportunities. The flexible nature of this technology makes it ideal for a broad range of industries and interactive applications. We look forward to seeing how the progressive educators at Georgetown will use this system to continue to enhance their curriculum for students of international affairs."

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