Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise has signed a strategic partnership with the Rochester Institute of Technology in Dubai (RIT Dubai) to roll out its University Partnership Programme.
As a member of this programme designed to grow academic-industry partnerships, promote Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise technologies, enhance student learning and fuel future innovation, RIT Dubai will benefit from access to Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Cloud platforms for communications and location-based services (LBS) to develop projects that will be part of student courses.
As part of the partnership, RIT Dubai students will have access to the Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess Stellar LBS solution to develop projects as part of their course. This will serve the dual purpose of giving students the opportunity to lead real projects in an industrial context while allowing Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise to conduct exploratory developments within the current projects. For its part, RIT Dubai will support Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise in providing training to the students and help with professional integration through internships and apprenticeships.
Students will use Alcatel-Lucent OmniAccess Stellar LBS in its native form to develop solutions to address any location requirements with a set of software development tools to enable the creation of location-based services on various mobile devices and operating systems. Supported by the Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise Cloud-based CPaaS Rainbow platform, students will be able to add real-time communication features such as voice, video and messaging to their own applications without needing to build back-end infrastructure and interfaces.
“In the age of digital transformation, it is our mission to contribute to research and innovation. Through our strategic partnerships with leading technology universities, we are encouraging students to innovate and excel in the areas of computer science, cognitive communication, artificial intelligence and analytics,” said Driss El Malki, CPaaS Development Director, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise. “It is also our contribution towards developing the necessary skills and knowledge to build a strong workforce that meets the needs of organisations in the near future. Our partnership with RIT Dubai reinforces our commitment to providing students with the tools needed to develop their innovative instincts and prepare them for a bright future in technology.”
Established in 2008, RIT Dubai is a not-for-profit global campus of the esteemed Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, one of the world’s leading technology-focused universities with close to two centuries of history. RIT Dubai offers highly valued Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business and leadership, engineering and computing.
“In a mobile-first era, we are excited and optimistic about the possibilities that our students will have through this partnership,” said Dr Yousef Al Assaf, President of RIT Dubai. “As a university dedicated and known for developing technological expertise, we are committed to working with Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise to help drive the success of this partnership.”