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IT company backs ECU students

  • 13 October, 2005 10:28

<p>International communication solutions company Nortel is contributing more than $60,000 to support student education and development at Edith Cowan University (ECU), through the ECU Foundation.</p>
<p>The funding is part of a three-year university contract with Nortel and will be channeled back to the University’s education and research foundation.</p>
<p>The University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Millicent Poole, says Nortel’s collaboration will help the ECU Foundation to offer scholarships and prizes to students.</p>
<p>“We have been working with Nortel to enable wireless networking on the campus for students and staff and are delighted to extend this relationship into the support of our scholarship programs,” she says.</p>
<p>“By agreeing to contribute development funds to the ECU Foundation, Nortel joins IBM as a valued corporate contributor to our efforts to advance the work of students and researchers.”</p>
<p>Nortel’s General Manager, Enterprise Networks, Australia and New Zealand, Nick Avakian, says building a co-operative environment between industry and higher education is vitally important for the development of new talent and technology in Australia.</p>
<p>“Nortel has long supported education institutions in Australia and ECU has been a loyal customer to Nortel for many years. This extended association allows us to take the relationship to the next level for the benefit of both organisations,” he says.</p>
<p>“We are delighted to partner a leading institution like ECU and are keen to support its vision to deliver to its students a new-generation experience. Our involvement with ECU goes beyond technology. We are exploring other opportunities to extend our industry partnership, starting with a collaboration on the development of new course material in wireless and mobile computing – a key focus area for Nortel.”</p>
<p>Mr Avakian traveled to Perth this week to present a cheque to the ECU Foundation.</p>
<p>Foundation executive Tony Hume says it will allocate the funding to assist students in a variety of ways.</p>
<p>“Nortel is a valuable partner in education because its participation helps the University open up new ways for improving the prospects of students who are already benefiting from access to the latest technology.”</p>
<p>ECU is at the forefront of applying IBM and Nortel technology to create a differentiated student experience. These solutions were supplied through WA distributor W J Moncreiff, and the Nortel wireless technology was implemented by wireless specialists Mercury Technologies.</p>
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<p>For further information</p>
<p>Elizabeth Lovett
Nortel
(02) 8870 5625
elovett@nortel.com</p>
<p>Guy Lerner
Watterson Marketing Communications
(02) 9437 6122
guy.lerner@watterson.com.au</p>

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