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HONG KONG -- (Business Wire)
Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based
unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced the use
of Polycom® RealPresence™ video solutions at the University of Hong Kong
(HKU), enabling the University to provide a more interactive learning
experience for its law students, including the ability to collaborate
with overseas students in real-time.
The establishment of the new Centennial Campus at HKU gave the Faculty
of Law a chance to review its existing technology and evaluate how
advanced collaboration technologies such as video collaboration could
enhance the learning experience and significantly improve engagement
among students. The Centennial Campus aims to provide a learning
environment that is truly fit for the 21st century and worthy of a
world-class, research-led, international university. Following a
rigorous selection process that focused on the stability, flexibility,
quality and interoperability of the solutions, HKU chose to work with
Polycom on the education enhancement project.
The delivery of Polycom’s video conferencing solutions at HKU’s Faculty
of Law was completed in October 2012. Through the use of secure,
high-definition video collaboration in classrooms and lecture halls, law
students at HKU are able to enjoy simultaneous learning experiences,
immediate exchange of ideas, and knowledge sharing between legal
professionals and talent around the world.
“Previously, our students’ performances in simulated court proceedings
had to be recorded in one room, and played back simultaneously in
another – a highly time-consuming and inefficient system,” said
Professor Johannes M.M. Chan, S.C. (Hon), Dean of the Faculty of Law at
HKU. “With Polycom’s solutions, we are now able to evaluate these
recordings in one place so that students can receive immediate feedback
on areas of improvement.”
“Polycom RealPresence video solutions have also been useful for us
outside the classroom. We have been able to streamline our admission and
recruitment processes, as well as internal meetings, and have the
ability to collaborate across geographic boundaries. We can now conduct
interviews with international candidates ‘face-to-face’ in real-time and
meetings are now more effective with the camera tracking feature that
enables us to easily focus on speakers,” added Professor Chan.
The Faculty of Law deployed Polycom’sRealPresence™
Room Solutions HDX® 8000 and Polycom’s
EagleEye™ Director cameras to enhance the collaborative classroom
environment with the ability to automatically locate and focus on active
speakers. Polycom HDX Ceiling Microphones also deliver superior audio
coverage and noise reduction. The complete solution is powered by the Polycom®
RealPresence™ Platform, connecting the video classrooms into a
seamless video collaboration network around the world.
“Polycom’s vision of collaborative education includes bridging teachers,
instructors, students and content providers around the world to enhance
and improve the learning experience,” said Michael Alp, President,
Polycom Asia Pacific. Through our partnership with HKU, students and
academics are experiencing greater benefits through real-time visual
interactions. I am delighted that Polycom is playing such as a vital
role in nurturing talent from the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of
Law for the future good of society.”
About The University of Hong Kong
Established in 1911, the University of Hong Kong is the territory's
oldest institute of higher learning. Over the past century, the
University has committed itself to creating knowledge, providing
education, and serving society. It has grown with Hong Kong and
generations of our graduates have helped shape the city from which the
university takes its name. Today, HKU is internationally recognized as a
leading research-led comprehensive university, with frontier research
endeavors and scholarly achievements that have won it worldwide acclaim.
About Polycom Education Solutions
With their budgets under strain, administrators are using Polycom video
solutions to give students more interactive, immersive, and innovative
educational experiences — with a technology that pays for itself by
reducing administrative costs and improving staff productivity. All of
the top 10 universities worldwide, as well as hundreds of schools,
colleges, and universities around the world, are using Polycom to
improve all facets of education from teaching to course development to
administrative meetings to advanced blended learning applications.
Polycom is the global leader in open standards-based unified
communications and collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video
collaboration, trusted by more than 415,000 customers around the world.
Polycom solutions are powered by the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform,
comprehensive software infrastructure and rich APIs that interoperate
with the broadest set of communication, business, mobile and cloud
applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video
collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over
7,000 partners provide truly unified communications solutions that
deliver the best user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability,
and lowest TCO. Visit www.polycom.com
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