University of Missouri and AT&T launch new ‘Connectivity and 5G’ course

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University of Missouri and AT&T aim to integrate technology and education to solve real-world problems affecting industries.

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The University of Missouri, in a collaboration with AT&T launched Connectivity and 5G, a new immersive 5G course that will explore the impact of advanced wireless technology on-campus environments.

The course which will commence in January applies a multidisciplinary approach with students and instructors from a variety of fields of study including business, engineering, journalism, and architectural studies.

The course curriculum combines the strengths of each academic discipline meant to inspire innovation and creative problem-solving.

The students are part of four teams focused on specific industries including health care, sports, campus safety, and higher education and will find creative solutions, specific to these industries using 5G technology.


Students of the programme will also have access to AT&T mentors, who will provide support and input as the semester progresses.

The university’s chancellor, Alexander N. Cartwright said, “The University of Missouri is consistently finding new ways to integrate technology into our teaching and scholarship as we tackle grand challenges and enhance the exceptional, hands-on education our students come here for.”

He added that this partnership is an example of the university’s commitment to innovate higher education while discovering more solutions to rural health care, accessibility and more.


Executive vice president and chief marketing officer, AT&T Business Mo Katibeh said that 5G increases the opportunities that technology provides and will expand business opportunities across industries.

Katibeh added that AT&T’s work with universities is helping create new visionary approaches to innovation and problem solving that will pave the way for the future.

Students and faculty began the course in Dallas for an intensive two-day session learning about the evolution of 5G technology. Their time in Dallas included workshops at AT&T headquarters and a private tour of AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.

The programme’s final year project will end with a competition among the four teams where each team will present their research findings to Mizzou faculty and AT&T mentors.

Senior vice president of AT&T Wireless, Kevin Petersen said that this collaboration with Mizzou demonstrates the strength of university-industry relationships.

He added that universities offer a knowledge foundation for next-generation solutions to develop, and when business and academia team up, it can help enhance the process and translate discovery to commercial success.

5G, the next generation of wireless technology, will revolutionise the way people, devices and experiences are connected. Cellular service providers began rolling out 5G services a few years ago, providing faster download times and upload speeds.