Microsoft launches Abu Dhabi education portal

Microsoft has announced the first stage roll out of its innovative new educational tool — the College Portal System — at Abu Dhabi Men’s College.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  February 9, 2004

Microsoft has announced the first stage roll out of its innovative new educational tool — the College Portal System — at Abu Dhabi Men’s College. Abu Dhabi Men’s College (ADMC) has become the launch pad for a new education delivery system from Microsoft. The College Portal System (CPS) is part of a programme that the vendor says is set to change the working standards at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in the UAE. The system was built on a combination of Microsoft products with developmental support from Tata Interactive, with the first phase taking less than 12 weeks to develop. “We are very excited to be working with ADMC and bringing our Portal development expertise to this new technology,” notes Sanjaya Sharama the CEO of Tarta Interactive. The CPS utilises the latest Microsoft products such as SQL 2000, Windows and Exchange 2003, SPS 2.0 and Active Directory, in addition to the installation of Microsoft Office 2003 and FrontPage 2003 on all client machines. As the system is currently used by an ever-growing number of students, alumni, staff and parents it has been designed to offer full scalability. The new Storage Area Network will be able to grow as demand increases, with the capacity to reach 5 Terabits. “These latest technologies allow collaboration and knowledge sharing that will enhance student learning opportunities and the day-to-day staff administration of the College. We evaluated all technologies available before beginning this project and the benefits of using Microsoft’s products were clearly illustrated, supported by the company’s strong commitment to the educational sector,” comments Dr Tayeb Kamali, director, Higher Colleges of Technology “Our college is seen as a regional technology leader, utilising gigabit networking, as well as offering a fully wireless campus, laptops for all and online courses. We are proud to be working with Microsoft to implement our technology requirements, as our partnership allows us to keep pace with rapid changes and upgrades in technology. Also, we find that the value of training our students on Microsoft offers them excellent experience when entering the job market” he adds. The portal system includes many unique features designed by the team from Abu Dhabi Men’s College, Microsoft and Tata Interactive. Tata Interactive also brought extensive experience to the team from their involvement in developing the McGraw Hill Learning Network, which with a capacity of over one million users is widely recognised as one of the world’s largest learning networks. The College Portal System offers a whole bundle of features for its users including all academic information, individual and group websites, personal file storage of up to 2 gigabytes per student, personal ePortfolios for each student, email, SMS, calendaring, help desk, mobile learning capabilities and it also incorporates knowledge management. Channel would like to report however there is no truth to the rumour that it will make students get up on time to attend lectures.

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