University of Regina and Cisco Establish Research Chair to Further e-Governance in Canada

Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:00pm EST

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  REGINA, SK, Nov 20 (Marketwire) -- 
Cisco Canada today announced an agreement of $2 million over 10 years to
establish a Research Chair in e-Governance at the University of Regina.
The Chair will address ways for governments to more effectively use
technology to drive collaboration, productivity and efficiency in the
public sector in Canada.

    The Chair will look at how governments can more effectively communicate
with citizens, businesses and other governments through enhanced use of
technologies such as video, information sharing and online collaboration.
The Chair will be located within the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of
Public Policy at the University of Regina.

    E-Governance initiatives may include exploring and developing best
practices in sharing information, promoting services, recruiting and
retaining employees, conducting surveys, engaging the public, 'virtual
government,' collaborating internally and creating new strategic
partnerships. This will allow governments to move beyond driving people
to websites to making full use of the latest technologies to enhance
citizen engagement, improve client satisfaction, lower operating costs
and provide faster service.

    Nitin Kawale, president of Cisco Canada, says Cisco is proud to work with
the University of Regina to further technology innovation and help define
the transformation of the public sector.

    "The ability of networked technologies, video and the Internet to improve
communication and transactional capacities are key processes of public
sector modernization," said Kawale. "Government must enhance their
networking capacity and adapt to virtual environments and the
transformative power of video. The University understands the
significance of research and development in this area, both for
Saskatchewan and Canada as a whole, and it's a vision Cisco is delighted
to participate in."

    University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Vianne Timmons says
the new Chair will connect with the University's strategic goals and
long-range vision to position the University as one of the world's
leading institutes of higher learning in this area.

    "The Chair will foster close relationships with industry and government
while supporting and leading related research, development and innovation
at the University," said Timmons. "This 10-year collaboration with Cisco
will broaden the scope of the University of Regina's research enterprise
while providing tangible benefits for all Canadians. Through this
partnership, we will help move public sector governance policy and
practice forward to keep pace with the rapid evolution of communication
technology in areas such as social media," she added.

    About University of Saskatchewan
 The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of
Public Policy is a provincial centre for advanced education, research and
training in policy and administration. Located on two university campuses
-- the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan -- the
school is a source of respected policy advice and commentary. With
academic backgrounds such as political science, economics, sociology,
geography, law and education, the school's faculty members train graduate
students in an interdisciplinary environment, educate the public on
policy matters, and improve the knowledge base from which policymakers
draw. For more information, visit

    About Cisco

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transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Cisco
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Natalie Tomczak
External Relations
University of Regina
Phone: (306) 337-2452 
Cell: (306) 536-4312

Karin Scott
Phone: (416) 306-7164

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