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Cisco networks keep Vietnam campus connected

Posted: 13 May 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SaigonTech e-learning? Cisco wireless tech? network?

The Saigon Institute of Technology (SaigonTech) has built a new campus in Ho Chi Minh City using Cisco Connected Learning technologies. As part of the deployment, Cisco channel partner HPT has installed a highly secure wireless networking platform that connects SaigonTech's various buildings in the city, enabling the delivery of e-learning and advanced communications tools to its staff and students.

The new Cisco Connected Learning environment was showcased at the official opening of SaigonTech's new campus building at Quang Trung Software City, which was graced by the president of Vietnam, Nguyen Minh Triet. The network investment is central to SaigonTech's mission to build a next-generation campus to facilitate information communications technology education in the country.

"The network plays a very important role in the 21st century education model that we are pursuing. The advanced network will provide online e-learning, email and communication tools to students and staff, allowing them access to programs at school or via the Internet. Cisco and HPT helped to integrate all of these over a single network, improving the study environment and also rationalizing the management process," said Nguyen Huu Thanh, chief of IT infrastructure, SaigonTech.

Cisco Connected Learning is a three-step blueprint that helps higher education institutions make the transition to a student-centered, globally aware 21st-century learning environment. The approach calls for anytime, anywhere, highly secure access to all resources via an integrated platform of wireless, security, unified communications and Cisco Connected Real Estate technologies.

"SaigonTech is blazing a path for education in the country and has set its sights on being more than just a higher education institution. It wants to help raise the level of education for the whole region, particularly for those people who would not normally consider higher education. Cisco Connected Learning will provide them with the platform to achieve their goals, helping to raise the standard of education in the country while connecting them to resources around the world," said Lee Chiang Toh, general director, Cisco Vietnam.

With the Cisco Connected Learning platform, SaigonTech has the fundamental building blocks for 21st-century education: communication, collaboration and learning. It can provide its staff and students with the latest technologies and access to dynamic online content. It is also able to infuse its teaching curriculum with video and rich media and move forward to building the virtual classroom.

"SaigonTech is committed to excellence in its teaching, research and business activities. The integrated and unified networking technologies from Cisco, alongside our diverse facilities, dedicated study and support staff, and dynamic ethos, means we can now rightfully claim to be a first-class regional university with a learning environment fit for the 21st century," said Ho Quang Trung, vice chancellor, Estate Management and Infrastructure, SaigonTech.

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