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Partnership for Lebanon Builds Hope, Economic Stability in Middle Eastern Nation

In 2006, then-President George Bush reached out to Cisco and other major corporations. He wanted to see how the business sector could help the Middle Eastern nation recover from a conflict that had displaced one-quarter of its population and destroyed entire communities.

Cisco CEO John Chambers traveled to Lebanon, and he was moved by what he saw. Tremendous structural damage was everywhere. Businesses struggled to recover from the crisis, limiting job opportunities. Lebanon’s slow and expensive information technology infrastructure cut off its residents from the rest of the global marketplace.

Even worse, its young people – known for being smart, creative, well educated, and energetic – had lost hope for the future. They felt they had to leave Lebanon to find professional success.

From this visit, the Partnership for Lebanon was born. Cisco and four other corporations – Intel, Microsoft, GHAFARI, Inc. and Occidental Petroleum – joined forces to help Lebanon improve its networking technology infrastructure and move its people toward long-term economic growth and stability. Read More »

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Learning in an Online Environment – Drexel University and Learning@Cisco Share Best Practices

According to the American Society for Training & Development, 37 percent of training in 2009 involved electronic technology, up from 15 percent in 2002, while face-to-face instruction fell to 59 percent. As the paradigm of education continues to evolve to meet new institutional and business requirements, developing instructional strategies for new virtual education environments is becoming key to improving student results.

Watch below as David E. Fenske, Dean, iSchool at Drexel – College of Information Science and Technology and I discuss Talent Development in a Virtual World – TelePresence, Trust & Learning.

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Does Your University Have a Video Strategy?

Forrester Consulting conducted in-depth interviews with 15 US-based universities to investigate the coordination of video use across campuses and better understand the use of third-party services within higher education. In this VLOG topic, we cover Forrester’s findings in this commissioned study conducted by Forrester on behalf of Cisco, “Harness The Explosion of Campus Video” (September 2011), and how universities can best take advantage of video for their students and staff across the entire campus.

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Global Innovation in Education – an International Roundtable using Cisco TelePresence

At a conference on developing sustainable, connected and scalable cities, Cisco hosted an international roundtable using Cisco TelePresence, a high definition, life-sized video meeting solution, with education thought leaders from Amsterdam, Brisbane, Hong Kong, London and Lisbon.

Some participants joined via a Dialogue Cafe.  Under the auspices of the United Nations, the Dialogue Cafe Association is building a network of publically available, video-enabled spaces that make it easier for innovators, students, public leaders and businesses to connect and collaborate across geographical, cultural and sometimes political divides.

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The Global Education Leaders Program (Seattle 2011)

The fifth Global Education Leaders Program meeting recently convened in Seattle bringing the world’s best school systems face to face with the biggest: Finland and Korea, India and Brazil – alongside nine other systems, national, state and city. On the fault line between best and biggest, two points of stark divergence came through.

First, the case for change: hard to make if you’re topping  (PISA), easier if you’re anchored near the bottom.  Intriguingly the Finns are asserting a number of reasons why a traditional approach to schooling can’t be sustained. The country’s leading industries, lumber and technology, are weakening. Its place at the head of the education rankings is under threat and academic performance is becoming patchier – signs of that Anglo Saxon gap between top and bottom quartiles starting to spread.   Contrast that with Brazil, where no one doubts for a moment that the publicly funded school system must be rapidly transformed, to provide the country with a motor for sustainable growth.

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