American University of Kuwait Selects Ellucian Cloud

First Ellucian customer in Kuwait expands portfolio to support digital transformation

RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ellucian, the leading provider of software and services built to power higher education, today announced that the American University of Kuwait (AUK), an Ellucian customer since it was established in 2003, has elected to migrate its enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution Ellucian Banner to the cloud.

Ellucian Banner Cloud will empower the institution with innovative tools to manage all human resources, finance, and student information processes in a flexible and modern digital environment designed specifically for higher education.

“AUK’s commitment to its mission dictates a continuous process of development and improvement,” said Dr. Rawda Awwad, President of the American University of Kuwait. “Every facet of University operations must be reviewed and enhanced to meet or exceed the highest international standards. AUK’s agreement with Ellucian demonstrates the seriousness with which we take our obligations toward our stakeholders and constitutes a critical strategic step in the direction of digital campus transformation.”

“AUK’s migration to the cloud will inspire other institutions in the region to explore similar innovative and transformative efforts,” said Ellucian Senior Vice President and Managing Director EMEA and APAC, Darren Hunt. “We’re thrilled to build on our longstanding relationship with AUK as they take this important step forward.”

“AUK has been a valued Ellucian partner for more than 16 years and has consistently demonstrated its commitment to providing both students and staff with the most modern, functional technology possible,” said Ellucian President and CEO Laura Ipsen. “Moving to the cloud will empower the university with the features and flexibility to continue living up to that mission.”

Ellucian Partner of 16 Years Chooses Banner Cloud Support Innovation

AUK started using Ellucian solutions when it opened in 2003 and was the first higher education institution in Kuwait to deploy Ellucian technology. Since then, the university has continued to trust Banner to support its operations including human resources, finance, and online student ecosystem.

The university elected to upgrade to cloud-based Ellucian Banner to bolster its security and disaster recovery capabilities in the future, and to meet the expectations of both current and future students. Leveraging this innovative solution will allow AUK to increase efficiencies, prepare for future innovation, and provide its students and staff with more modern educational resources and services.

Ellucian will provide the infrastructure and technical expertise necessary to manage AUK’s infrastructure and enterprise systems. This will relieve the burden of maintenance from the university, empowering its IT department to focus on strategic initiatives that benefit students. Ellucian’s managed cloud services will also enable enhanced security, with protection inside dedicated Amazon Virtual Private Cloud environments to control network traffic and prevent unauthorized access.

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