KU Leuven Uses Polycom Video Collaboration to Enrich the Education Experience for 40,000 Students and 10,000 Faculty and Staff

Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:30am EST

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The oldest extant Catholic university in the world uses the industry`s most
cutting-edge video solutions to facilitate distance learning, remote research,
virtual exchange programs, and an expanding range of use cases
BRUSSELS--(Business Wire)--
Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in open standards-based unified
communications and collaboration (UC&C), today announced that Belgium`s KU
Leuven, the oldest extant Catholic university in the world, has implemented
Polycom RealPresence video solutions to facilitate communications between the
two main campuses located 150 kilometers apart, to create a network with
universities around the globe, and to enrich the learning experience for the
university`s 40,000 students and 10,000 educators and administrative staff. 

Founded in 1425, KU Leuven is one of the largest and most renowned universities
in Europe. Guided only by a "free and disinterested search for truth," the
university uses the latest and most advanced technologies to facilitate that
search and to improve the collaboration amongst researchers, teachers, and
students that is the hallmark of any great learning institution. One of these
advanced technologies is high-definition interactive video collaboration that
can be accessed anywhere, from any device. 

"In order to be adopted by educators and students, the video solutions need to
be transparent," said Erik Luyten, Educational Technology Specialist, KU Leuven.
"The quality and ease of use are key elements for users, and for us, security
and interoperability are key decision factors. Polycom meets everyone`s
expectations." 

Polycom video solutions improve many facets of education for KU Leuven.

* The university first used Polycom solutions in large auditoriums with a
capacity of 800 students to deliver lectures simultaneously at both Kulak and
Leuven campuses, reaching more students at one time, and reducing the driving
time of professors. 
* Polycom video solutions are vital for the multi campus program, involving 13
associated high schools and 18 hospitals in the Flanders region. 
* The university expanded the use of video to facilitate communications and
exchanges in numerous international research programs with universities around
the globe. The faculty of Social Studies connects with Purdue University in the
United States every semester to work on common projects. The courses of medieval
philosophy have study groups with Marquette University in the United States and
the University of Mexico, in Mexico. Now, professors on panels evaluating PhD
students defending their thesis are able to participate from their own
university via Polycom video. 
* The European Educational program, or ERASMUS, uses Polycom video solutions to
support a virtual exchange program, where KU Leuven hosts lectures for students
to follow from a university located in Sweden, France or Germany. 
* Because of the HD audio and video quality of Polycom video and the ease of use
for anyone, adoption has continued to expand rapidly across the campuses. Today,
almost all 15 faculties of the university have a project or program using the
video solutions. The administrative staff uses Polycom video to interview remote
professor candidates, and to help graduates find employment. Polycom video was
also recently installed in the Board of Directors board room.

KU Leuven has found Polycom video solutions, specifically Polycom RealPresence
Room video solutions, Polycom RealPresence Mobile 2.0 software, and the Polycom
RealPresence Platform - the industry`s most comprehensive and interoperable
software infrastructure for universal video collaboration-, to be a set of
secure and powerful tools. 

KU Leuven has the ambition and aspiration to make education borderless, and is
currently integrating their Polycom RealPresence Platform with Microsoft Lync
Server 2010. This large-scale project will continue to improve and facilitate
knowledge exchange, and create even more innovative ways for the university to
search for truth and transform learning. 

About Polycom

Polycom is the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and
collaboration (UC&C) solutions for voice and video collaboration, trusted by
more than 415,000 customers around the world. Polycom solutions are powered by
the Polycom® RealPresence® Platform, comprehensive software infrastructure and
rich APIs that interoperate with the broadest set of communication, business,
mobile and cloud applications and devices to deliver secure face-to-face video
collaboration in any environment. Polycom and its ecosystem of over 7,000
partners provide truly unified communications solutions that deliver the best
user experience, highest multi-vendor interoperability, and lowest TCO. Visit
www.polycom.com or connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to learn
how we`re pushing the greatness of human collaboration forward. 

About KU Leuven

KU Leuven is an autonomous university. It was founded in 1425. It was born of
and has grown within the Catholic tradition. From its Christian view of the
world and the human, KU Leuven endeavours to be a place for open discussion of
social, philosophical and ethical issues and a critical centre of reflection in
and for the Catholic community. KU Leuven offers its students an academic
education based on high-level research, with the aim of preparing them to assume
their social responsibilities. KU Leuven is a research-intensive,
internationally oriented university that carries out both fundamental and
applied research. It is strongly inter- and multidisciplinary in focus and
strives for international excellence. To this end, KU Leuven works together
actively with its research partners at home and abroad. Visit
http://doel.kuleuven.be for more information. 

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Polycom, Inc.
Lisa Perry, + 44(0)1753 723577
lisa.perry@polycom.com



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