Amidst the global drive towards remote and blended learning, one university in Singapore has looked to the Cloud for transformation answers.

In the past, the Singapore University of Social Sciences had relied on a homegrown, on-premise platform that required significant administrative and IT overhead to maintain.

As the university continued to grow in Singapore and regionally, their priority to deliver student-centered learning experiences meant that they needed to transform their digital capabilities even further, especially amidst the global surge in remote learning.

To ensure a seamless transition to a new IT system, the university had to find a solution to meet its market-specific requirements. This included backend system integrations with local government-agency services applications to enable a seamless process and user experience, as well as access to round-the-clock helplines and customer support.

The university also wanted to outsource the student management system to be relieved of the burden of managing it. The final solution also has to remain nimble, with configurations updated continually to adapt to changing user needs.

Gary Teo, Director of Campus IT Services, Singapore University of Social Sciences, finally chose vendors with the right technology mix: “Our digital transformation is a core enabler in our mission to deliver world-class student experiences and operational excellence. We look forward to working closely with Ellucian and Fujitsu towards achieving a successful deployment of our new cloud-based platform solution in modernizing education.”

The university’s new system by Ellucian is a cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution designed specifically for higher education. It empowers institutions to efficiently and effectively manage all human resources, finance, and student information processes in a modern digital environment

According to the firm’s President and CEO, Laura Ipsen: “Across the board, institutions are simply outgrowing their homegrown solutions. Implementing a cloud-based environment is an important step towards supporting the needs and expectations of students of the future. Together with our partner Fujitsu Asia, we’ll ensure that SUSS has the capabilities and resources to support an enhanced digital experience throughout the entire student lifecycle.”

Fujitsu Asia’s President Uno Motohiko said that the cloud can serve as a force multiplier to achieve the goals of today’s educational institutions by improving institutional productivity while mitigating potential data risks from academic processes: “Digital-native learners can enjoy enhanced experiences and mobility while the school gleans better insights, all in a highly-secure and agile environment.”