Former Fuqua dean Blair Sheppard unveiled the Cisco TelePresence technology during a CEO Master Class on Feb. 5, 2010. The dialogue was held with Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner John Doerr, both tuned in from Cisco headquarters in San Jose, CA. Fuqua Professor Tony O'Driscoll and several Cross Continent MBA students participated from New Delhi, India.

By The Numbers

The classroom includes:

  • Three 103-inch plasma displays
  • Six 1080p cameras
  • 2 document cameras on the podium
  • 66 custom push-to-talk microphones

Virtual Classroom

Fuqua's HCA Classroom is the first of its kind. The lecture hall was customized in early 2010 with Cisco TelePresence™ technology and provides students with access to professors, business leaders, and guest lecturers located around the globe — furthering Fuqua's mission as an international business school.

With high-definition video and high-quality audio, Cisco TelePresence provides a realistic, real-time communications experience and enables presenters to extend their expertise beyond Fuqua's main campus to students across multiple campuses as though they were sitting in the same room.