ERIC Number: EJ847840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: N/A
Working Overseas: Implementing Technology for a Branch Campus in the Middle East
Chester, Timothy M.
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v28 n2 p61-63 2005
On July 5, 2003, the author landed in Qatar, a newly minted CIO from College Station, Texas. His charge is to design and implement the required IT infrastructure--including telecommunications, networking, computing, and instructional technology--necessary to support Texas A&M University's newest branch campus, Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ). With the exception of centralized administrative systems (student information, financial accounting, budget and payroll, and library services), this infrastructure was to be provided locally by a dedicated technology team in Qatar. The next 18 months proved to be challenging and ultimately fulfilling for the author, leading the development of infrastructure in a culture with values and expectations that differed significantly from those in the United States regarding work, communication, and schedules.
Descriptors: Multicampus Colleges, Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Telecommunications, Accounting, Library Services, Overseas Employment, Information Technology, Higher Education, Internet
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Qatar; Texas; United States