Over 35 000 students, teachers and representatives of public organizations from federal Russian districts are benefiting from a ground-breaking “Gymnasium Union of Russia” (GUR) program. Developed by non-profit organization Russian Foundation for Education Support, the GUR program is powered by video collaboration solutions from Polycom, Inc. (Nasdaq:PLCM), the global leader in open, standards-based unified communications and collaboration (UC&C).
The information network has an important impact on the entire education system of the Russian Federation, benefiting both the students and the educational institutions. Students and teachers now have the opportunity to attend lectures and participate – from wherever they are – in seminars from the best teachers and education professionals in the regions. Over 35,000 users, including students, teachers and representatives of public organizations, as well as state bodies across more than 1,400 institutions, appreciate the benefits of the new educational information network. As one teacher said, “I do not want to come home from a meeting and read the synopsis again in order to conceptualize and formulate something for myself. I can now make decisions in real-time during the video call.”In the last five years the GUR has held over 2,000 video sessions across Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, many with over 70 participating locations. For the GUR, the power of face-to-face, real-time video collaboration:
- Enables a new approach to learning at schools.
- Extends the reach of experienced, qualified specialists.
- Aims to improve teacher training for college graduates within any given specialty by pooling resources.
- Reduces the costs of training courses and of collaborative development of educational resources.
- Benefits teachers with continuous professional development.
- Makes users and managers more efficient while saving valuable person-hours for technical engineers, experts, policy makers, and educators.
About the Foundation for Education Support and Gymnasium Union of Russia“Gymnasium Union of Russia” consistently implemented by Foundation for Education Support ( www.fobr.ru) since 2007 in response to the request of the First Prime Minister of the Russian Federation D. A. Medvedev with the support of JSC “Gazprom” within the framework of the national project “Education.” The strategic aim of the program is the organization of continuing professional networking of gymnasiums and lyceums in Russia through video conferencing. Saint-Petersburg State University, the guarantor of the quality of video conference substantive content, performs scientific and methodological support of program and coordination with the leading universities in the country. 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. © 2013 Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved. POLYCOM®, the Polycom logo, and the names and marks associated with Polycom’s products are trademarks and/or service marks of Polycom, Inc. and are registered and/or common law marks in the United States and various other countries. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.