Unit4, a fast growing leader in enterprise applications for service organizations, today announced that Swiss Education Group (SEG) has signed a five-year contract for the new Unit4 Student Management software solution.
SEG is an alliance of Switzerland’s leading Hotel Management Schools, with five schools spread over seven campuses, attended by over 6,500 students each year. SEG is offering a variety of high quality bachelor and master programs in hospitality with specializations including tourism, culinary, design and events, all in partnership with universities in the UK or USA.
SEG’s digital strategy aims to transform the educational experience for students, bringing the latest technological advances to the classroom and aligning education with the realities of the industry today.
Choosing Unit4 Student Management fits right into this strategy. Unit4 Student Management is based on a “touch-first” philosophy, meaning all functions were developed to be mobile accessible, then built out to fit desktop use as well. As a result, students can interact with their schools – send applications, access student records, pay tuition, and communicate with administration and faculty – completely via their preferred devices or smartphones. While back office users typically employ desktop systems, administrative staff and faculty can just as easily work on tablets or smartphones.
An intuitive interface built for today’s mobile user applies the same concepts users have come to expect from consumer technology, while a unique workflow engine automates manual, routine tasks in bulk, empowering staff to spend more time on higher-value activities. With built-in analytics, every administrative user can easily analyze and demonstrate improvement on key institutional metrics.
"Improved student experience will have a significant impact on student satisfaction and retention" #eduIT #Unit4_NARonan Fitzgerald, COO, SEG
The digital revolution plays an important part in SEG’s learning environment. Across SEG schools, students are no longer viewed as consumers of knowledge but rather as active producers of information that are engaged, supported and equipped for their future, demonstrating a clear shift from traditional lecturing to student-centered learning. SEG has continually integrated new technologies in an inter-disciplinary way into all its programs. This pedagogic approach with its emphasis on the digital world ensures that graduates develop the skills necessary for the international employment market.
After careful consideration of a number of software vendors SEG chose Unit4 based on the strength and innovation of the solution and the strong partnership that Unit4 offered.
“The new system will have a huge impact at all levels of the organization and it was important to us that Unit4 was committed to supporting us through all stages of the implementation and beyond. We were not just looking for a vendor, but a business partner,” said SEG’s COO Ronan Fitzgerald. “We needed a system that can continually adapt to our strong student growth and support our expansion of programs, including shorter, non-traditional courses. Another key element was the improved student experience, which we expect to have a significant impact on student satisfaction and retention. And lastly we liked how the system is able to simplify and automate routine tasks, can replace many remaining paper-based processes, so that our staff can focus most of their time on high quality student interaction.”
Jörg Jung, Managing Director of Unit4 Germany commented: “We are very excited that SEG has chosen Unit4. With their sophisticated organizational structure, their highly differentiated programs and significant student growth they are the type of innovative customer that can take real advantage of the advanced capabilities of Unit4 Student Management. We are closely partnering with SEG to ensure a rapid implementation which is tailored to the unique needs of SEG. Our innovative and highly flexible solution is ideal in this type of customer scenario.”