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Colleges and Universities Select Cisco TelePresence to Extend In-Person Collaboration Beyond the Campus Environment

Higher Education Institutions Create Virtual Learning Environments and Foster More Open Innovation Between Academic and Private Industry Researchers with Cisco TelePresence
Nov 03, 2009

DENVER, CO, Nov. 3, 2009 — Cisco today announced that more than 35 higher education institutions have purchased Cisco TelePresence to scale expertise, foster more open innovation between academic and private industry researchers and develop innovative distance learning programs that benefit from in-person collaboration.  Many educational institutions are facing difficult challenges with fewer resources and increasing demands.  Cisco TelePresence helps address these challenges by providing colleges and universities with an immersive, life-like communications experience, realistically conveying the body language and human elements that are critical to the interactive nature of a traditional classroom.  Professors are able to address students across multiple campuses virtually as though they were sitting in the same room, record lectures for future viewing, collaborate with other experts on academic research, and bring classrooms together around the world to engage in an interactive, face-to-face learning environment. 


  • With Cisco TelePresence, educational institutions can bring teachers and professors with specialized expertise to students around the world efficiently and economically; empower richer and more productive collaboration for research purposes and create new educational opportunities, such as global classrooms and customized executive education programs.
  • Virtual learning environments created by using Cisco TelePresence help colleges and universities embrace environmental sustainability goals through the reduction of travel, while extending the reach of university experts and attracting new students.
  • Several of the nation's top research universities, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, Purdue University, Stanford University, among others, utilize Cisco TelePresence to increase the frequency of "in-person" collaboration with colleagues at other universities, helping speed new developments and improve ongoing research collaboration to foster more open innovation. 
  • Cisco TelePresence creates more open, collaborative relationships between academic and private industry researchers, helping speed innovation and share resources via intercompany, or business-to-business, Cisco TelePresence connections enabled by service providers worldwide.
  • Cisco is working closely with U.S. based national research network, National LambdaRail (NLR), to drive the advancement of Cisco TelePresence connections among higher education institutions. Today, NLR has connected more than 300 colleges, universities, medical schools and teaching hospitals, including Duke University, Indiana University and Penn State University.
  • Universities can also use AT&T Telepresence Solution to connect with other members of the AT&T Business Exchange, an exclusive intercompany collaboration feature of AT&T Telepresence Solution. AT&T Telepresence Solution is the industry's first, fully managed, multipoint, business-to-business telepresence application powered by AT&T's global MPLS IP-based network.
  • Cisco will demonstrate its Connected Learning solutions, including a live Cisco TelePresence connection with NLR from the show floor to university customers, at Educause 2009, the premier event for IT professionals in higher education, booth #322, Colorado Convention Center.

Supporting Quotes:

Raymond Smith, Associate Dean of Executive Education at the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina

  • "Our collaboration with Cisco allows us to take executive learning to a whole new level.  The use of Cisco TelePresence and other technologies will fundamentally change how we think about global learning and teaching in a way that is more visually stimulating and interactive than any vehicle ever used in educating executives."

Tracy Futhey, CIO and vice president of Information Technology, Duke University

  • "Duke is committed to creating an innovative learning environment that enhances the way we educate students and share academic expertise.  TelePresence essentially eliminates barriers of distant collaboration, allowing us to extend the educational experience around the globe while maintaining high levels of in-person classroom interaction."

Charles Stucki, vice president and general manager, Cisco TelePresence Systems business unit

  • "Education is fundamentally a collaborative, interactive endeavor, crucial to the success of future generations, communities and countries.  With new interactive collaboration tools, such as the virtual learning environments created by Cisco TelePresence systems, educational institutions are able to extend their academic expertise, share resources and equip students with 21st century job skills."

About Cisco TelePresence
Cisco TelePresence combines innovative real-time video, audio, and interactive technologies to give people in distributed global locations a wide variety of face-to-face collaboration experiences.  It enables new types of collaboration applications that are transforming business processes, saving resources, improving productivity and helping organizations grow globally.

Cisco TelePresence is Cisco's fastest-growing new product category with more than 3,000 systems deployed worldwide.  In addition, Cisco has installed more than 650 Cisco TelePresence rooms on its own internal network for greater internal and external productivity and effective collaboration.


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