KUALA LUMPUR, 7 MARCH 2011 - Malaysian technical university Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) and networking solutions firm Cisco have rolled out a 20-gigabit-per-second (Gbps) network to create a connected learning environment.
UTeM Computer Centre directors Mohd Isa Mohd Dom said the network in its Durian Tunggal campus, which houses 8,000 students, would simplify operations as well as provide connectivity on any device. "UTeM is the first university in Malaysia to roll out such a robust campus-wide network, which aims to be a model for other universities in the country in the planning and implementation of information and communications technology (ICT)."
"We believe the network is crucial in enabling a future-proof technology environment that contributes to academic excellence, innovation and creative technical education," said Isa. "With a network powered by Cisco equipment, we are ready to welcome into the campus latest technologies such as unified communications, video conferencing facilities and lecture-on-demand applications."
"A connected learning environment has been recognised throughout the world as the key in enabling a better-quality and knowledge-led educational process," said Cisco Malaysia managing director, Anne Abraham. "Today, the network is the platform for transforming universities and educational institutions, not only by empowering collaboration but also by increasing greater access to quality education."
"This move is consistent with the Malaysian government's education policy, as announced by the Ministry of Education, which called on educational institutions to embrace ICT as the main tool for teaching and to ensure that the education ICT practices in Malaysian schools meet international standards," said UTeM's Isa. "With this implementation, UTeM will transform its existing ICT environment to allow the integration of many other useful innovation-driven applications."
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