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University of Waikato

University of Waikato

2007 ranking: 27

Senior IS executive: Kevin Adamson, director, IT services Reports to: Head of corporate services

Size of IS shop: 105

PCs: 4615

Mobile PCs: 385

Terminals: 0

Hand-held devices: 85

Total screens: 5085

Industry: Education services

PC environment: Windows XP, Linux, Mac, Dell, HP

Server environment: Linux, Windows, Dell, HP

DBMS: Oracle, Jade, MySQL

Address: Gate 5, Hillcrest Road, Hamilton

Website: www.waikato.ac.nz

Key IS projects this year: Backup upgrade, Server virtualisation,

Wireless stage II, Enhancement to desktop management, Preventing

electronic plagiarism, Integrated research repository, Enhancement

to the web site, Learner management system- stage II, Student

knowledge management, Document management.

THE UNIVERSITY OF Waikato is currently finalising an ITC strategic

plan that will ensure focus on key projects, while ensuring the ITC

departments and initiatives are aligned to assist the university achieve

its strategic goals in light of a competitive tertiary market.

Changes to the funding model for tertiary institutions has placed

emphasis on student completion, retention and the tailoring of educational

delivery to enhance tertiary education opportunities for people

of the region.

A further focus is to support the region’s social and

cultural development and economic sustainability. Aligned with this,

a key priority of the University of Waikato is to increase the number

of postgraduate students, especially postgraduate research students,

and to manage and mitigate the risks associated with the international

student market.

Kevin Adamson, director, IT services, says 2008 is a busy year, with

ICT projects including a back-up upgrade, server virtualisation, Stage

II of a wireless project, and enhancement to desktop management.

Equally important is work on electronic plagiarism prevention, an

integrated research repository, web site enhancements and Stage II of

a learner management system, and student knowledge management

and document management projects.

Web-enabled business processes help reduce costs, while wireless

connectivity, support for student laptops and expansion, and

upgrade of the University’s information commons all help promote

student growth and retention. State-of-the-art ICT teaching tools

and development of specialist online teaching environments within

the University’s Schools and Faculties are also attractive to students.

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