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AUD launches telepresence classroom

Global Classroom based on Cisco Telepresence to provide international teaching

AUD launches telepresence classroom
The Global Classroom will give students access to lectures from around the world.

The American University in Dubai (AUD) has deployed a new virtual lecture theatre based on Cisco Telepresence solutions.

The lecture facility, which is being called the ‘Global Classroom' is based on a Cisco Telepresence 3210 solution, with multiple plasma displays, and will be used to deliver lectures from educational institutions around the world.

The Global Classroom, which is deployed at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication (MBRSC), is connected to 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, MBRSC will have access to a 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.

Ali Jaber, Dean of the Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication (MBRSC) commented: "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.

"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.

"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 HH Sheikh Mohammed in the educational aspect of his vision," Jaber added.

Wayne Hull, director and general manager of Cisco UAE said: "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."

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