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Telecoms giant AT&T has given a $25m naming gift to the McCombs school at the University of Texas at Austin for its new executive education building.

The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Centre will be used for conferences, seminars and continuing and executive education programmes. Plans call for the facility to be used to educate learners of all ages and academic disciplines and the university’s 16 colleges and schools, research institutes and museums have all expressed interest in running programmes there.

“With this very generous commitment, AT&T has joined the university in this ambitious undertaking for lifelong learning,” says William Powers, president of the University of Texas at Austin. “Together, we’ll bring forth a centre that bridges academia with enterprise and prepares future leaders worldwide.”

The building will include seven tiered classrooms, a 300-seat amphitheatre, multiple break-out rooms, several conference rooms and an 800-seat ballroom, as well as 300 guest rooms and three restaurants. It is scheduled to open in August 2008.


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