Cisco Canada is providing Humber College with $4 million in equipment and infrastructure to allow faculty, students and industry to work together on projects related to cyber, network communication and collaborative digital technologies. The partnership that’s good for over five years will support Humber’s applied research network and activities. The audio-visuals systems using Cisco Webex technology will be installed throughout the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation (CTI) at Humber’s North Etobicoke campus. The Cisco Digital Transformation Zone, through the CTI, will showcase how the integration of automation and data exchange into manufacturing technologies can enhance operations of small and medium-sized enterprises. For its part, Humber will demonstrate at the Cisco Innovation Centre in downtown Toronto the influence of technology on the education and training approaches of the community college. Chris Whitaker, president of Humber, describes the collaboration as an example of how the polytechnic education model links industry with faculty and students in utilizing emerging technologies to address business challenges. Aside from technological support, Cisco will offer internships and post-graduation employment opportunities for Humber students, and $50,000 in scholarships.
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