Cupertino, Calif --August 24, 1998-- Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced a new program that will establish long-term partnerships with accredited academic institutions. Symantec's Educational Curriculum Program will offer unlimited classroom use of the company's award-winning Visual Café for Java products, and forge strong relationships that include beta program participation and academic training centers.
"We're extremely pleased to offer what we believe is an excellent opportunity for students of technology to learn state-of-the-art Java methodology using the most advanced Java IDE available," remarked Mansour Safai, vice president of Symantec's Internet Tools Division. "Symantec greatly values the technological discourse that results from partnerships with these leading institutions. The enthusiasm with which our initial invitation is being received is validation of our belief that Visual Café for Java will be an extremely useful resource for most colleges and universities."
"With the Java environment evolving so rapidly, it can be very expensive -- or impossible -- for educators to keep their lab software up to date," noted William Burrows, Senior Lecturer at University of Washington Business School. "Symantec's Educational Curriculum Program eliminates this potential barrier and makes it possible to expose students to the most current Java technology, delivered with Symantec's outstanding Visual Café for Java IDE."
"UCI's Information and Computer Science Department has been using Symantec's Cafe and Visual Cafe in courses on introductory computer science, user interfaces and even computer literacy for non-majors. It's also enabling research projects on intelligent agents and data mining," said Dr. Michael J. Pazzani, Chair of the Department of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. "We've found it easy for novices to get started and powerful enough to support advanced users. Symantec's Academic Curriculum Program ensures that we'll be able to provide the latest development environment to our students."
"Visual Café is a great educational building block, because it allows students, staff and faculty with no Java background to get their feet wet, yet it also supports software development to any degree of sophistication," said Dr. Jack Hodges, Associate Professor of Computer Science at San Francisco State University. "The Symantec program will allow us to use a state-of-the-art tool set that meets our needs now, and will do so in the future, as well."
"We've been using Symantec's Visual Café for various projects, and students are most impressed by the power of the various Symantec Java APIs, which have significantly cut the overall development time of those projects," said Dr. Stanley Wang, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the California State University San Marcos. "Thanks to Symantec's newly introduced Academic Partnership Program, we're now offering several new Java courses through our regular curriculum as well as extended studies. The new courses use Symantec's Visual Café, one of the most powerful rapid development tools available. We expect it will substantially reduce students' learning curves and students will become proficient much more quickly."
"Thanks to Symantec's program, roughly 100 graduate students will be using Visual Cafe Professional Development Edition this Fall," said Dr. Bernice M. Folz, Director of Graduate Programs in Software at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. "These are students who already work in business and industry. On the undergraduate side, Visual Cafe will be used in both Object-Oriented Design and Programming courses and in a Topics course."
About the Visual Café Educational Curriculum Program
Symantec Corporation is offering the free classroom use of Symantec Visual Café and Visual Page to support full-time Java curricula within accredited educational institutions. In addition, the company will establish academic training centers as a part of its effort to create working partnerships with our institutions of higher education. Special consideration will be given to the institutions when beta programs for future releases of Visual Café are offered; other feedback and suggestion forums will also be established.
To apply for the program, representatives of accredited colleges or universities are invited to send email to email@example.com.
About Symantec's Internet Tools Division
The Symantec Internet Tools Division pioneered the Java development tools market by delivering the first development product for Java in March, 1996. Since then, the division has continued to develop, market and support a complete line of Java development tools worldwide, bringing the latest advances in Java technology to Internet developers. Symantec's suite of Java development tools include Visual Café for Java Enterprise Suite, Visual Café for Java 2.5 Database Development Edition, Visual Café for Java 2.5 Professional Development Edition, Visual Café for Java 2.0 Web Development Edition, Visual Page and Symantec's Just-In-Time Compiler 3.0.
Symantec is the world leader in utility software for business and personal computing. Symantec products and solutions help make users productive and keep their computers safe and reliable anywhere and anytime. Symantec offers a broad range of solutions and is acclaimed as a leader in both customer satisfaction and product brand recognition. Symantec is traded on Nasdaq under the symbol SYMC. More information on the company and its products can be obtained at www.symantec.com.
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