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Contact: Chriss Swaney

For immediate release:
February 18, 2002

Carnegie Mellon Collaborates With Greek Institution To Offer Information Networking Master of Science Degree

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University will offer its first-ever degree this fall in Europe in collaboration with the Athens Information Technology Institute (AIT) in Greece to meet the demands of growing Internet technologies, including Internet security, systems and telecoms, high-speed networking and wireless mobile computing.

Carnegie Mellon and AIT will offer a four-semester program culminating in a Master of Science in Information Networking degree from Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute. The Information Networking Institute was founded in 1989 by three of Carnegie Mellon's seven colleges: engineering, computer science and business.

Program curriculum ranging from principles of broadband networking, managerial economics and software engineering will be taught by faculty from both Carnegie Mellon and AIT. AIT is building a new campus, with state-of-the-art research and education facilities, in Peania, a few miles from downtown Athens. The new program will be under the leadership of two renowned educators: Christos Halkias, dean of AIT, and Pradeep K. Khosla, head of Carnegie Mellon's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and the Information Networking Institute. The new program is scheduled to begin in September 2002 with 30 students. All of AIT's academic activities will follow Carnegie Mellon's academic procedures and standards.

In Greece, AIT, having the legal status of a laboratory of liberal studies, will operate within the Research and Education Society in Information Technologies (RESIT), a non-profit corporation founded by the Intracom group of companies.

"We are proud to sponsor the establishment of AIT in cooperation with such a prestigious school as Carnegie Mellon," said Socrates Kokkalis, Intracom CEO.

"Our vision is to turn AIT into an international research and education hub in software engineering, electronics and telecommunications. Today, we invest in further development of our region's human capital to help empower a peaceful and prosperous future for generations to come."

"We see this new degree program as a way to bridge the talents and resources of two of the world's oldest democracies and with one of America's great technologically advanced universities," said John G. Rangos Sr., a Carnegie Mellon trustee and businessman, philanthropist and entrepreneur who is of Greek ancestry.

"This is a great opportunity for Carnegie Mellon to establish a presence in Europe where new business and industry sectors can have access to some of the best minds and research in the world," Khosla said.

"Carnegie Mellon will continue to identify opportunities like this one where our leading strengths in areas such as information technology, cyber security and computing can foster strategic international partnerships," said Carnegie Mellon President Jared L. Cohon. "This is an example of how our university teams up with industry and educational institutions across the globe to address important social , scientific and economic issues. This is also an example of how our faculty, trustees and administrators collaborate on strategic objectives for the university and its focus on global outreach."

Khosla, said the program is designed to tap the interests of mid-level professionals seeking to improve job skills and economic status.

"Our vision is to offer courses with the right mix of technical specialization spanning such important business sectors as telecommunications, wireless computing, systems integration, computing and financial services," Khosla said.

"Education and lifelong learning are the dominant factors in our ability to compete in the global economy. Our collaboration with Carnegie Mellon aims to create a center of excellence for research and education in information technologies and to become a magnet for talented and ambitious graduate students and professionals in southeastern Europe," Halkias said.

"The Information Networking Institute has grown to be a very important component of education in information technology, and its integration of engineering, computer science and business makes it a unique program now at an international level,"said John L. Anderson, dean of Carnegie Mellon's engineering college.

Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute is a leader in developing mobile applications for emergency response, health care and systems for the mining and construction industry. All of the institute's work and research has been sponsored by a variety of information technology providers from the United States and Europe.

Carnegie Mellon today is one of the most technologically sophisticated campuses in the world. When it introduced its "Andrew" computing network in the mid-1980s, it pioneered educational applications of technology. The university's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering ranks #1 in the nation in recent U.S. News & World Report Magazine coverage of graduate programs. Research in computing and software development has spawned more than 70 new Pittsburgh-area companies created by Carnegie Mellon faculty and alumni in the past decade. These new companies and research being conducted at the university have been among the primary catalysts for the development of a growing technology-related economy in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Carnegie Mellon's 5,000 undergraduate students and 3,000 graduate students receive an education characterized by its focus on problem-solving, interdisciplinary collaboration and access to research projects.

Intracom, founded in 1977, is the largest manufacturer of telecommunication equipment and information systems in southeast Europe. In 1990, the company was listed on the Athens Stock Exchange and has established a strategic position within the European market. Investing systematically in research and development, the company participates in numerous European cutting-edge technology research programs. Intracom employs 4,150 highly qualified and specialized professionals while its group of companies employs a total workforce of 8,100. Intracom's SALES for 2001 amounted to one billion Euros or approximately $900 million. The company also has formed a strategic technology and marketing alliance with CISCO Systems. Recent acquisitions include Hungary's FORNAX and CONKLIN Corp. in the United States. Intracom plans to offer a substantial number of scholarships to qualifying graduates.

An official groundbreaking celebration for AIT's new 100,000-square-foot academic and research facilities is scheduled for this spring.


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