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June 11: Carnegie Mellon's Successful Global Collaboration With Greek Institute Culminates With Fourth Graduating Class


Chriss Swaney                       

Carnegie Mellon's Successful Global Collaboration With
Greek Institute Culminates With Fourth Graduating Class

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University, in collaboration with Athens Information Technology (AIT), awarded diplomas June 11 in Greece to the fourth graduating class of its Master of Science in Information Networking degree program.                 

"The new graduating class enters the marketplace with problem-solving skills and the global management savvy to compete and lead in today's wired world," said Pradeep Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon's College of Engineering.
Athens GraduationKonstantinos Gkoutzis, one of 13 students from the graduating class, said the program gives students an excellent mix of practical and theoretical expertise on a variety of subjects like computer networks, algorithms and databases. "Through the program's unique courses, I managed to acquire many new, useful skills," Gkoutzis said.
Carnegie Mellon and AIT began offering the four-semester program in September 2002. The program culminates with a master's degree in information networking from Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute (INI). The INI 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 in a sprawling 100,000-square-foot building in Peania, a few miles from downtown Athens.
"An array of challenges awaits the new global workforce," said Dena Haritos Tsamitis, head of the INI. "Our international program prepares graduates to be the next generation of leaders, who can grasp technology, business and policy aspects of secure communication networks."
Tsamitis heads a gala celebration honoring the program's graduates. Other program dignitaries include keynote speaker Kostas Mallios, a senior director for the Chief Technology Office and Rich Media for Microsoft, and Socrates Kokkalis, chairman and chief executive of Intracom Holdings. AIT is a nonprofit subsidiary of the Intracom group of companies.
Officials from both Carnegie Mellon and Greece said the ongoing 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.