American University of Kuwait raises the stakes

University adopts SCT Luminis to unify and manage its digital campus.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  April 11, 2005

The American University of Kuwait (AUK) is adopting the SCT Luminis Platform, a digital campus portal solution, to complement the university’s successful 2004 adoption of SCT Banner, a popular college administrative solution. The SCT Luminis Platform and SCT Banner will allow AUK to create a unified digital campus environment in which the university’s constituents can interact seamlessly for learning, teaching, and administration. SCT Banner is already helping AUK to fuse administrative and academic functions, allowing students to interact with AUK from anywhere in the world, at any time of day. Its usefulness in supporting the university’s new student and faculty community is prompting the institution to take the next step to the SCT Luminis Platform. “The SCT Luminis Platform combines with SCT Banner to help provide our constituents with direct integration to all aspects of their university lives. Users can customize their digital campus through a personalized Web site giving them access to a greater variety of AUK services with minimal time and effort,” says Dr. Shafeeq Ghabra, president of AUK. The implementation of the SCT Luminis Platform will begin in this month, with support from SunGard SCT, and will be delivered to the AUK learning community in time for the fall semester. AUK intends for its students to be the region’s first to have this type of fully-integrated student services platform. The platform will provide students with single sign-on access to e-mail, class registration, and library services and materials. Integrating the SCT Banner and Luminis platforms will create a consistent interface for all of these services, helping to make the user experience simple and effective. According to Mathew Boice, general manager for SunGard SCT in the Middle East, “AUK is innovating at the forefront of regional higher education.” The commitment to excellence in student service is a critical driver for the university in their adoption of solutions that will help them implement a truly unified digital campus experience and it is hoped that the platform will prove a great way to enhance the university experience for students, faculty and staff alike. Students are able to compile all their course information and organise their study schedules and sports activities on an easy-to-use platform that also gives them the added benefit of interacting with their fellow students and teachers. “We are pleased to be working with a regional thought leader in higher education such as AUK and helping them to deliver more value to their constituents and their learning community. This project will demonstrate the adoption benefits of e-education and the digital campus,” says Boice.

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