Ankabut promotes tech for education
UAE Advance Network for Research and Education promotes university global connection plan
With technology increasingly becoming an indespensible tool for education, Ankabut, the UAE Advance Network for Research and Education, is excited to be exhibiting at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK.
The initiative, which aims to connect the UAE’s universities to universities around the world via a dedicated network, was founded by Khalifa University, Institute of Applied Technology, United Arab Emirates University, Zayed University and Higher Colleges of Technology in 2006. In 2009 the ICT Fund and Khalifa University jointly funded the project.
Ankabut’s CEO, Fahem Al Nuaimi, explains that the non-profit organisation has a vision to improve and develop the education and research in the Middle East by creating a state-of-the-art network and solution which will satisfy the demands of educational trends such as smart education, virtual classrooms and interactive classrooms.
“We have around 56 universities connected to Ankabut in the UAE and we have a link to the USA where we are connected to all USA universities and research centres. We are planning to develop a complete unified communication with real presence which will satisfy the need of home classes, virtual classes, interactive classes with high definition and excellent quality,” says Al Nuaimi.
For the video conferencing aspects of the Ankabut Project, the organisation is working with FVC and Polycom. For the second phase of the project, Ankabut is working with FVC and Polycom to establish a smart classroom, which it intends to be used as a model for further developments.