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Telecommunications networks developer Tellabs has made a USD 30,000 donation to Metropolia University of Applied Sciences operating in the Greater Helsinki area for the modernisation of Metropolia's information network laboratory. The virtual laboratory hardware and software used by the technology students will be updated to make it easier for them to complete their assignments flexibly over the Internet regardless of time and place.
"Thanks to the Tellabs donation, our engineering students will receive a more versatile and modern study environment, which I believe will improve the students' results and help them plan their studies more flexibly. The students will now have their "own" and efficient virtual computer at their disposal whenever it suits them best," says Mr Markku Karhu, head of
Metropolia's Information Technology degree programme. Metropolia's offers 24 degree programmes in technology, with their content designed to meet labour market needs. The languages of instruction are Finnish and English. Metropolia has 14,000 students in four fields of study: Technology and Transport, Health Care and Social Services, Business and Administration, and Culture.
"We are pleased to be able to offer Metropolia students better opportunities for study through a virtual information network laboratory," says Mr. Mika Heikkinen, vice president and general manager of Tellabs Finland. "When we asked our staff what they considered the most important thing in terms of social responsibility, it was supporting the education of children and youngsters came top of the list. Supporting education plays a key role in fostering Finnish top expertise."
The donation of Tellabs Finland, operating from Espoo and Oulu, is part of Tellabs' international organisation's charity programme. Some ten years ago, the company started Tellabs Foundation, which invested in education, health care and environmental protection. Previously Tellabs has bought equipment for Helsinki University of Technology's Communications Laboratory and supported science teaching at Nöykkiö School in Espoo.
Tellabs advances telecommunications networks to meet the evolving needs of users. Solutions from Tellabs enable service providers to deliver high-quality voice, video and data services over wireline and wireless networks around the world. Tellabs (NASDAQ: TLAB) is part of the NASDAQ Global Select Market, Ocean Tomo 300TM Patent Index and S&P 500 and several corporate responsibility indexes including FTSE4Good and eight KLD indexes. Tellabs Finland employs some 500 people in Finland, operating from Espoo and Oulu. Tellabs has been awarded with ISO 9001:2000, ISO 14001 and TL 9000 certificates, and is a member of WWF's Green Office network. Tellabs and are registered trademarks of Tellabs in the United States and/or other countries. www.tellabs.com and www.tellabs.fi
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