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AASTMT Case Study

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Creating classrooms without boundaries. Egyptian institution sought academic excellence, mastering the Internet of Everything held the key. We innovated hyperconnected learning.
“ Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport
has a vital role in transforming Egypt and the Arab World towards
tomorrow’s knowledge economy. We need to educate, open the
door to innovation, and deliver better education and research
quality in a rapid-changing knowledge world.”
Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghafar, President of the Arab Academy for Science,
Technology and Maritime Transport

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AASTMT Case Study

  1. 1. © 2015 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. 1 Case Study | AASTMT Size: 27,000 students and 5000 staff Location: Egypt Industry: Education Now, the academy aims to be a proving ground for a wholesale shift in the way education is delivered in Egypt. And, before long, to become a best-practice model for the region. To do that AASTMT had to seize the opportunity presented by the Internet of Everything. “We wanted to merge the physical and virtual worlds into one another,” says Dr. Mohamed Mahmoud Ali, Director, Computer Networks and Data Center. But Wi-Fi was pretty much non-existent, and wired networks were far too slow. Dr. Ali adds, “We had to invest in a fast, intelligent infrastructure. Cisco was able to deliver everything in a very aggressive timeframe.” “Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport has a vital role in transforming Egypt and the Arab World towards tomorrow’s knowledge economy. We need to educate, open the door to innovation, and deliver better education and research quality in a rapid-changing knowledge world.” Dr. Ismail Abdel Ghafar, President of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport Offering award-winning education, training, and research, the AASTMT has come a long way since 1972. New courses continuously adapt to emerging global business trends. Traditional lines of study are regularly reviewed and, where needed, trashed or transformed. • Attract and reach more students • Speed growth of relevant, modern skills • Transform educational delivery Challenges Creating classrooms without boundaries Egyptian institution sought academic excellence. Mastering the Internet of Everything held the key. We innovated hyperconnected learning.
  2. 2. 2 Our networks extend education beyond the classroom. A cloud-based world of virtual learning offer online access to education. Anywhere, anytime, and on the move. • Cisco® Enterprise Networks, unifying wired and wireless domains • Cisco Network Access Control for IT security • Cisco TelePresence® technology for video collaboration Solutions © 2015 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Knowledge sharing offers amazing access Cisco was able to share its experiences from similar projects with other institutions around the world. “Not only are we putting in tried and tested Cisco kit, we also have access to an amazing knowledge base for online and distance learning,” says Dr. Ali. The entire academy is interconnected With all sites linked, information flows effortlessly around and between the two main campuses in Cairo and Alexandria, five satellite sites, and a smart new student village. Networking is much quicker and more secure Now network speeds are 16-times faster with plenty of bandwidth for video. There’s 100 percent wireless coverage with secure partitioning between staff, students, and visitors. Internal meetings can be set up at short notice with Cisco TelePresence technology. 100% Wi-Fi coverage Network speed raised from 26Mpbs to 406Mbps
  3. 3. Advancing education with the Internet of Everything Students log in from anywhere using their own devices on campus and in dormitories. They even connect to Wi-Fi on the bus to check timetables and email, and securely access the central learning management system from home. Classrooms are fitted with smart boards, so content can be digitized and shared over the network. Using Cisco Jabber® and WebEx® solutions means people can collaborate and share projects more effectively. Cisco Digital Signage assists navigation and helps improve personal safety and security. Cisco Identity Services Engine makes security simpler with automated policy enforcement. Dr. Ali sums up: “The transformation is well underway and touches every element of education including content and media, teaching, and learning.” Products Services Switching and Routing • Cisco Catalyst® 6500, 3750, 3560, 2960 Series Switches • Cisco 3845 Series Integrated Services Router Wireless • Cisco Aironet 1600 Series Access Points • Cisco 5508 LAN Wireless Controller Security • Cisco NAC Appliance 3350 Collaboration • Cisco TelePresence SX20 • Greater interaction between teachers and students • Learning is more connected and virtual • Savings on travel and more effective use of people’s time Results For More Information To learn more about the Cisco solutions in this case study go to: www.cisco.com/go/en © 2015 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. This document is Cisco Public Information. ES/0515 3 Americas Headquarters Cisco Systems, Inc. San Jose, CA Asia Pacific Headquarters Cisco Systems (USA) Pte. Ltd. Singapore Europe Headquarters Cisco Systems International BV Amsterdam, The Netherlands Cisco has more than 200 offices worldwide. Addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers are listed on the Cisco Website at www.cisco.com/go/offices. Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. To view a list of Cisco trademarks, go to this URL: www.cisco.com/go/trademarks. Third party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. (1110R)

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