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Global education: Lord Puttnam will be able to lecture students without leaving his Skibbereen home

Global education: Lord Puttnam will be able to lecture students without leaving his Skibbereen home

Global education: Lord Puttnam will be able to lecture students without leaving his Skibbereen home

Oscar-winning film producer Lord Puttnam is to deliver lectures to university students around the world from his home in Skibbereen, Co Cork, as part of a new education venture with BT and Cisco.

The producer, responsible for classic movies such as Bugsy Malone and Chariots of Fire, said he will start delivering film, moving images and production modules to students at five universities - including University College Cork and the University of Brisbane - from late August.

Cisco TelePresence high definition video conferencing - with high speed internet access provided by BT Ireland's next generation national fibre and Ethernet network - allows for communication between Lord Puttnam's base at Skibbereen down in the south of Ireland and universities across the globe.

Lord Puttman said: "The opportunity for interactivity, to impact, talk to and engage with universities you would never get to is colossal.

"This has got to be the way to go."

Independent research will be carried out to measure the success of the venture over the next three years.

Lord Puttnam added: "I'm massively grateful to BT and Cisco for making it possible to do things, which everyone else was saying, maybe in five years from now we will begin to find out. But we've jumped ahead."

Colm O'Neill, chief executive officer at BT Ireland, said it was "delighted" to provide the connectivity and technology for a venture that could transform the education landscape.

The potential for live streaming of interactive workshops into cinemas and other venues is also being explored.