The European Union (EU) is driving a modernisation agenda and growth framework for universities within Europe. The goal is to strengthen higher education and support a world leading knowledge-based economy.
Research has found that 89%* of those within educational institutions across Europe are being impacted by the mobile working trend. The expectation, reinforced by the EU’s Lisbon Strategy, is that students and education staff should be able to work or study on or off campus, and have resources readily available in digital formats.
However, the Economist Intelligence Unit** discovered that more than half of education leaders believe that technology is evolving more quickly than its processes or ways to use it. As a result, higher education institutions are looking to the technology sector to support them in transitioning to more mobile ways of studying that will enhance the way in which students learn.
* A new perspective: Ricoh Document Governance Index 2012
** Economist Intelligence Unit, Humans and Machines: The role of people in technology-driven organisations, sponsored by Ricoh, 2013
As a global company specialising in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, IT and document management, Ricoh partners with higher education institutions to help drive modernisation and efficiencies.
Ricoh can support universities and colleges by providing a range of services: from the printing and collation of course materials and security for confidential papers and research, to support of BYOD (bring your own device) strategies and the enablement of remote learning.
Change management support ensures that with any technology implementation, processes regarding how people use it are developed in-line. By offering quality facilities and services for both students and staff across management, research and teaching, institutions are best placed to attract incoming students and funding.
Ricoh has helped higher education institutions across Europe to provide students with leading-edge facilities and services, enable remote learning and ensure finite resources are used more efficiently. Examples of these include:
A virtualised IT infrastructure at Hopwood Hall College in the UK has transformed the way students and staff access learning resources and services. Students have access to files and applications 24/7, from anywhere and on any device.
By transforming their document infrastructure, reducing the size of the fleet and replacing inefficient technology in a phased approach, Ricoh is helping to save the University of Groningen in the Netherlands a projected €700,000 per annum.
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