|[February 20, 2013]
KU Leuven Uses Polycom Video Collaboration to Enrich the Education Experience for 40,000 Students and 10,000 Faculty and Staff
BRUSSELS --(Business Wire)--
Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based
unified communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced that
Belgium's KU Leuven, the oldest extant Catholic university in the world,
has implemented Polycom (News - Alert)® RealPresence® video solutions to facilitate
communications between the two main campuses located 150 kilometers
apart, to create a network with universities around the globe, and to
enrich the learning experience for the university's 40,000 students and
10,000 educators and administrative staff.
Founded in 1425, KU Leuven is one of the largest and most renowned
universities in Europe. Guided only by a "free and disinterested search
for truth," the university uses the latest and most advanced
technologies to facilitate that search and to improve the collaboration
amongst researchers, teachers, and students that is the hallmark of any
great learning institution. One of these advanced technologies is
high-definition interactive video collaboration that can be accessed
anywhere, from any device.
"In order to be adopted by educators and students, the video solutions
need to be transparent," said Erik Luyten, Educational Technology
Specialist, KU Leuven. "The quality and ease of use are key elements for
users, and for us, security and interoperability are key decision
factors. Polycom meets everyone's expectations."
Polycom video solutions improve many facets of education for KU Leuven.
The university first used Polycom solutions in large auditoriums with
a capacity of 800 students to deliver lectures simultaneously at both
Kulak and Leuven campuses, reaching more students at one time, and
reducing the driving time of professors.
Polycom video solutions are vital for the multi campus program,
involving 13 associated high schools and 18 hospitals in the Flanders
The university expanded the use of video to facilitate communications
and exchanges in numerous international research programs with
universities around the globe. The faculty of Social Studies connects
with Purdue University (News - Alert) in the United States every semester to work on
common projects. The courses of medieval philosophy have study groups
with Marquette University in the United Staes and the University of
Mexico, in Mexico. Now, professors on panels evaluating PhD students
defending their thesis are able to participate from their own
university via Polycom video.
The European Educational program, or ERASMUS, uses Polycom video
solutions to support a virtual exchange program, where KU Leuven hosts
lectures for students to follow from a university located in Sweden,
France or Germany.
Because of the HD audio and video quality of Polycom video and the
ease of use for anyone, adoption has continued to expand rapidly
across the campuses. Today, almost all 15 faculties of the university
have a project or program using the video solutions. The
administrative staff uses Polycom video to interview remote professor
candidates, and to help graduates find employment. Polycom video was
also recently installed in the Board of Directors board room.
KU Leuven has found Polycom video solutions, specifically Polycom
RealPresence Room video solutions, Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0 (News - Alert)
software, and the Polycom RealPresence Platform - the industry's most
comprehensive and interoperable software infrastructure for universal
video collaboration-, to be a set of secure and powerful tools.
KU Leuven has the ambition and aspiration to make education borderless,
and is currently integrating their Polycom RealPresence Platform with
Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync Server 2010. This large-scale project will continue to
improve and facilitate knowledge exchange, and create even more
innovative ways for the university to search for truth and transform
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,
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About KU Leuven
KU Leuven is an autonomous university. It was founded in 1425. It was
born of and has grown within the Catholic tradition. From its Christian
view of the world and the human, KU Leuven endeavours to be a place for
open discussion of social, philosophical and ethical issues and a
critical centre of reflection in and for the Catholic community. KU
Leuven offers its students an academic education based on high-level
research, with the aim of preparing them to assume their social
responsibilities. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally
oriented university that carries out both fundamental and applied
research. It is strongly inter- and multidisciplinary in focus and
strives for international excellence. To this end, KU Leuven works
together actively with its research partners at home and abroad. Visit http://doel.kuleuven.be
for more information.
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