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Telepresence keeps Darla Moore School of Business at the top


September 21, 2010 - 0 Comments

If you’re the top business school in the United States in the area of international business, your interaction with the international community is of the utmost importance.

Professors need to stay connected with other professionals across the globe, teach abroad and keep on top of the latest global business and financial trends. Students need the opportunity to travel and study abroad. Students also benefit extensively from international internships overseas.

This is the exact position that the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina is in. The school’s International Master of Business Administration program has been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 for 20 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report. In 2009, the Financial Times ranked the school’s MBA programs at No. 38 among U.S. universities.

Unfortunately, this success in international business comes with a price tag. All of the international travel required to keep the program at this high level has taken a toll on both the staff and the budget. This is an increasing concern today, in light of the ongoing economic situation affecting the amount of funding and donations being brought in by educational institutions.

In an effort to continue bringing the best minds into the classroom, and to allow professors to keep their overseas relationships without the large budgets and constant travel, the school turned to Cisco Telepresence solutions.

Cisco Telepresence technology has been integrated into a classroom and enables professors to teach over long distances. Off-campus experts can also be brought into the classroom to teach or share their experience. Everyone can see, hear, and talk, even from the back row. Every participant sees the classroom the way that they expect, whether as a student seated in a tiered seat or the professor standing in front of the class.

This new Telepresence classroom has since become an integral part of the international business program. The Telepresence implementation has brought together students and executives. Students are even interacting with executives at major corporations in New York, and other locations across the globe, working on real-life projects that provide true business world experience.

The Darla Moore School of Business has seen so much success with the Telepresence classroom that they’re looking to begin wider adoption of it across both graduate and undergraduate programs in the future. By breaking down the walls between business schools, students, corporate partners, researchers, and others, advanced Telepresence technologies are ushering in a new way of teaching at the University of South Carolina, and around the globe.

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