UAE, February 9: A new education portal system was launched on Sunday [February 8, 2004] in the capital in the presence of Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Azim Premji.
Abu Dhabi Mens College (ADMC) is slated to make a quantum shift in the way education is delivered at the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), by using Microsoft technologies through the newly developed College Portal System (CPS).
The first phase of the new CPS, developed by Tata Interactive Systems (TIS) in collaboration with Microsoft, has created a state-of-the-art learning portal for the college, and new infrastructure, including a Storage Area Network (SAN) for all the data that could eventually reach five Terabits in volume.
Sanjaya Sharma, CEO of TIS, said about the new CPS: "We are excited to be working with ADMC and bringing our portal development expertise to this new technology. The project took twelve weeks to develop, and includes technologies such as SQL Server 2003, Share Point Portal 2.0, and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Active Directory Server and custom integration using .NET development in a clustered environment with as single database.
"Our campus is clearly seen as a Microsoft Campus and this enhances our position as a technology leader in the region. Our college infrastructure utilizes gigabit networking, and is fully wireless, with laptops for all and online courses all combined to enhance e-learning," Dr Tayeb Kamali, Director of ADMC said.
Ahmed Tabbara, head of learning support at ADMC, said: "This is an Internet-enabled solution that allows any time, anywhere access to college services. Access to information any time is an important element in today's knowledge-based economy and students need to be part of this before entering the work force."