SunGard’s solution for Qatar University

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By  Published  September 15, 2006

Qatar University hopes to score top marks by replacing its student management system with a SunGard Digital Campus solution. The university hopes the solution will help it to reach ambitious targets set by the State of Qatar as part of its education reform initiative, which is aimed at boosting the country’s knowledge economy.

It includes a number of SunGard technologies: the Banner Student solution which can be used to carry out all administrative processes involving students from enrolment to graduation; the Luminus Portal giving students access to online information about their grades and courses; SunGard’s Content Management System; its Document Imaging and Management solution and integration technologies to enable e-learning.

It is hoped that SunGard’s solution will improve the efficiency of academic and business processes carried out by the university’s administrators.

The solution will also provide faster access to data on students and their grades, which will enable leaders at the university to make faster decisions.

“Qatar University is a symbol of the confidence that exists in Qatar and the Gulf,” explained president professor Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, the university’s president.

“This confidence is a powerful force propelling our young people to learn and to contribute to the extraordinary development success in the region. We are providing a platform for this learning and responding to an extraordinary pace of change,” she continued.

“This project is symbolic of our approach; we employ the very best global solutions to help achieve our goals. And in doing so, we expect our partners to transfer knowledge and experience to our local team for our long-term benefit,” she added.

Qatar University aims to create a more flexible curriculum for students and to tailor the academic courses it runs to fit more closely the demands of the Qatari economy and believes the SunGard solution will support this work.

Its aims are in line with education reform initiatives underway in the country aimed at improving the quality of teaching and learning, so that students will no longer have to leave Qatar to realise academic goals.

“Qatar is fast becoming known in international higher education, setting ambitious standards and positioning the region as a global leader in education delivery,” said Mathew Boice, general manager for SunGard Higher Education in the Middle East.

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