University of Hong Kong makes learning an international matter thanks to video conferencing

University of Hong Kong makes learning an international matter thanks to video conferencing

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has implemented video conferencing systems into its Faculty of Law so that its students can learn in a more interactive manner and collaborate in real-time with education providers overseas.

The move has come about because HKU was given the opportunity to re-evaluate its communication technologies after moving the Faculty of Law to the university’s newly constructed Centennial Campus.

After evaluating all the options available, the university selected Polycom’s Real Presence Platform to connect all its video-enabled facilities and classrooms.

Installation was completed during October and since then, students have been able to take part in simultaneous learning, exchange ideas in real-time and gain knowledge and tips from legal experts around the globe.

The Faculty also feels that the technology is helping it to recruit better staff and increase enrolment applications from more potential students.

"Polycom RealPresence video solutions have also been useful for us outside the classroom," said professor Johannes Chan, dean of the Faculty of Law at HKU.

"We have been able to streamline our admission and recruitment processes, as well as internal meetings, and have the ability to collaborate across geographic boundaries.

"We can now conduct interviews with international candidates face-to-face in real-time and meetings are now more effective with the camera tracking feature that enables us to easily focus on speakers."

At present the university has more than 11,000 undergraduate students, plus around the same number on postgraduate courses. The majority of its classes are taught in English.

Closer to home the Powys Teaching Health Board recently announced that it will be using video conferencing as part of its attempts to improve services for both its patients and staff.

Funding for the move will come from the Welsh government as part of its Digital Wales project.

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