SCALA and FSU-Panama Create Comprehensive Center of Excellence

Florida State University (FSU) – Panama Signs Agreement with Smart Card Alliance Latin America (SCALA)

FSU – Panama and SCALA have signed a five year agreement for the development of an industry Integrated Circuit Card (ICC) Center of Excellence for the expansion of smart card based educational programs for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Center will help, through education, certification, and hands-on-training, develop industry executives, on related smart card technology. It will also be a place for experts and professionals from the financial, government, identity, security, transportation, healthcare, telecommunications, and other sectors to be trained on the advances of the technology.

FSU – Panama is the first University in the region that will place its best and brightest students in the Center of Excellence. The students will work with industry leaders to develop their knowledge, awareness, and opportunities of smart card technology in the region. They will have the opportunity to develop white papers, use cases, market trends, research, reports, studies, and other resources that will be published for leading industry companies.

Take a look at the video of the signing of the agreement, which features Fernando Mendez, Chairman of the Board of SCALA / VP of Emerging Payment at Visa Inc., Dr. Carlos Langoni, Rector of FSU – Panama, Edgar Betts, Director of SCALA, Rolando Armuelles, VP of Business Development at The City of Knowledge, and Enrique Tellez, Senior Commercial Specialist at the U.S. Embassy of Panama.