The American University in Dubai (AUD) today inaugurated a virtual lecture hall, comprising the Cisco TelePresence 3210 technology, for students of the university’s Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication (MBRSC).
The launch of this new lecture facility dubbed the Global Classroom is aligned with the visionary ideas of H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai to transform education in Dubai by providing students in Dubai access to programmes and courses offered at international universities and educational institutions.
“We are particularly proud to announce that our collaboration with Cisco as resulted in the development of the first TelePresence classroom of its kind in the Arab world. The Global Classroom represents an opportunity for students who lack the means to acquire an international education to enjoy access to content and lectures from faculty and courses spanning some of the best universities across the globe. Work on developing a while masters program on the Global Classroom is already underway, students already have access to lectures by professors based at universities in Los Angeles, America,” said Ali Jaber, dean MBRSC.
The Global Classroom at MBRSC is connected to Ankabut the UAE National Research and Education Network (NREN) offering regional educational insitutions a chance to collaborate and communicate withe education netowkrs around the world, AUD announced.
In addition to which, Jaber said that MBRSC also has access to the US based national research network National Lamba Rail (NLR), a not for profit advanced networking consortium which owns and operates a national Cisco TelePresence Exchange providing TelePresence connectivity across different academic institutions on a high speed Internet network.
Wayne Hull, director and GM, Cisco UAE said that while the use of TelePresence technology to create borderless educational institutions may seem revolutionary to some it is a norm that students have come to expect.
“The youth today are driving innovations in technology through the extensive use of their mobile devices for a range of activites from learning to gaming and therefore more educational institutions are looking to engage this technology in the extension of their training and knowledge facilities,” he said.
“Our collaboration with leading universities and schools like the MBRSC at AUD is a key milestone in creating 21st century learning environments that use the latest technology to extend academic expertise and share resources with students and facutly around the world that will change the way the world learns,” Hull concluded.