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Friday, 10 October 2014 13:35

Huawei reaching for the stars with university deal

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China-based tech giant Huawei is boosting its education credentials, today announcing a new partnership with Southern Cross University as part of a major overhaul of the University’s communications and campus security systems.

The organisations said in a statement the agreement, signed today by Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lee and Huawei’s CEO Zhao Xichu, represents an extensive project over a five-year period.

Huawei will upgrade the university's infrastructure to a "next generation high speed data network" at the University’s four campuses, in a move that should improve performance and productivity for students and teachers.

The company will also provide cloud engine technology to deliver the University’s applications and services, and will deploy a "smart campus solution" based on Huawei’s Agile Campus solution including HD telepresence, interactive classrooms, cloud communications technology and a new Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system across all campuses.

Professor Lee welcomed the partnership in a statement.

“This is a major project which will ensure our information and communications technology infrastructure is of the highest possible quality and capable of meeting the needs of a rapidly changing digital world," Lee said.

"Huawei is a world-leader in the provision of this technology and we are pleased to be their first major university partner in Australia.”

“We are very proud to partner with Southern Cross University and deploy our new smart campus technology," said Zhao Xichu, CEO of Huawei Australia.

"Our solution enables the management of increased data traffic and improves capacity and performance for students and teachers to enjoy a high speed IT network, wherever they are, in the classroom, in laboratory or coffee shop.”

The partnership will also include a suite of scholarships for Southern Cross University students and opportunities for internships. Two Southern Cross University students have recently returned from a three-week internship with Huawei in China.

For more information on Huawei, which is working on building its profile in Australia, read our interview with Huawei Australia chairman John Lord.

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