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Chriss Swaney
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For immediate release:
April 13, 2004

Carnegie Mellon's Successful Collaboration with Greek Institution Culminates with Commencement for First Graduating Class

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with Athens Information Technology (AIT), will award diplomas April 17 in Greece to its first graduating class.

A gala celebration, with a multimedia show about Carnegie Mellon technology and research, will honor the program's first 19 graduates.

"This is an exciting time for both the graduates and our new program because this inaugural class provides an important benchmark for the university's presence internationally and our strong commitment to promoting educational excellence worldwide," said Carnegie Mellon Provost Mark Kamlet. "The new graduating class enters the marketplace with competitive problem-solving skills and the technical savvy so essential for success in today's fluid job market."

Kostas Stamatis, a member of the graduating class, agrees. "The whole program seems to be an innovative way of producing future engineers ready to fulfill their mission."

Carnegie Mellon and AIT began offering a four-semester program in September 2002 culminating in a master of science degree in information networking from Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute. The Information Networking Institute was founded in 1989 by three of Carnegie Mellon's colleges: The Carnegie Institute of Technology (engineering), the School of Computer Science and the Tepper School of Business.

Classes ranging from the principles of broadband networking and managerial economics to software engineering are taught by faculty from Carnegie Mellon and AIT at a sprawling 100,000-square-foot building in Peania, a few miles from downtown Athens.

According to Aphrodite Sevasti, another graduating student, the program "has been the most challenging educational experience of my life. Both the knowledge obtained as well as the principles of working and collaboration and the high-quality interaction with professors and advisors have made this demanding degree a significant achievement. I am proud to have received it."

The program is led by Christos Halkias, AIT dean, and Pradeep K. Khosla, head of Carnegie Mellon's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of the Information Networking Institute.

Khosla said the program is designed to tap the interest 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.

Officials from both Carnegie Mellon and Greece said the collaboration aims to create a center for excellence in research and education in information technologies and to become a magnet for talented and ambitious graduate students and professionals in Europe.

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About Carnegie Mellon
Carnegie Mellon is a private research university with a distinctive mix of programs in computer science, robotics, engineering, the sciences, business, public policy, fine arts and the humanities. More than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students receive an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions to solve real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A small student-to-faculty ratio provides an opportunity for close interaction between students and professors. While technology is pervasive on its 110-acre campus, Carnegie Mellon is also distinctive among leading research universities because of conservatory-like programs in its College of Fine Arts. Realizing that today's graduates must understand international issues, Carnegie Mellon is committed to providing a global education for its students and is striving to expand its offerings across the U.S. and internationally. In addition to its work in Greece in collaboration with Athens Information Technology, the university has branch campuses in Silicon Valley, California, and in the Arabian Gulf nation of Qatar. The university also has established educational and research partnerships with institutions in Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, Singapore, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.cmu.edu.

About AIT
AIT is an international research hub in software engineering, telecommunications and networking, embedded systems and electronics that fosters collaboration with other research centers in Greece and abroad. Founded in 2001 as part of the Research and Education Society in Information Technology, AIT is a nonprofit subsidiary of the INTRACOM group of companies. AIT's mission is to encourage the development of high-quality information and communication technologies professionals capable of creating technological breakthroughs for the 21st century.

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