University of Regina and Cisco Establish Research Chair to

University of Regina and Cisco Establish Research Chair to Further
e-Governance in Canada 
REGINA, SK -- (Marketwire) -- 11/20/12 --  Cisco Canada today
announced an agreement of $2 million over 10 years to establish a
Research Chair in e-Governance at the University of Regina. The Chair
will address ways for governments to more effectively use technology
to drive collaboration, productivity and efficiency in the public
sector in Canada. 
The Chair will look at how governments can more effectively
communicate with citizens, businesses and other governments through
enhanced use of technologies such as video, information sharing and
online collaboration. The Chair will be located within the
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of
E-Governance initiatives may include exploring and developing best
practices in sharing information, promoting services, recruiting and
retaining employees, conducting surveys, engaging the public,
'virtual government,' collaborating internally and creating new
strategic partnerships. This will allow governments to move beyond
driving people to websites to making full use of the latest
technologies to enhance citizen engagement, improve client
satisfaction, lower operating costs and provide faster service. 
Nitin Kawale, president of Cisco Canada, says Cisco is proud to work
with the University of Regina to further technology innovation and
help define the transformation of the public sector. 
"The ability of networked technologies, video and the Internet to
improve communication and transactional capacities are key processes
of public sector modernization," said Kawale. "Government must
enhance their networking capacity and adapt to virtual environments
and the transformative power of video. The University understands the
significance of research and development in this area, both for
Saskatchewan and Canada as a whole, and it's a vision Cisco is
delighted to participate in." 
University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Vianne Timmons
says the new Chair will connect with the University's strategic goals
and long-range vision to position the University as one of the
world's leading institutes of higher learning in this area. 
"The Chair will foster close relationships w
ith industry and
government while supporting and leading related research, development
and innovation at the University," said Timmons. "This 10-year
collaboration with Cisco will broaden the scope of the University of
Regina's research enterprise while providing tangible benefits for
all Canadians. Through this partnership, we will help move public
sector governance policy and practice forward to keep pace with the
rapid evolution of communication technology in areas such as social
media," she added. 
About University of Saskatchewan
 The Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School
of Public Policy is a provincial centre for advanced education,
research and training in policy and administration. Located on two
university campuses -- the University of Regina and the University of
Saskatchewan -- the school is a source of respected policy advice and
commentary. With academic backgrounds such as political science,
economics, sociology, geography, law and education, the school's
faculty members train graduate students in an interdisciplinary
environment, educate the public on policy matters, and improve the
knowledge base from which policymakers draw. For more information,
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Natalie Tomczak
External Relations
University of Regina
Phone: (306) 337-2452 
Cell: (306) 536-4312
Karin Scott
Phone: (416) 306-7164
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