MALVERN, Pa. – July 20, 2009 – Ahlia University, Bahrain’s first private university, is poised to create the country’s first Unified Digital Campus with the help of SunGard Higher Education, a global provider of software solutions for higher education institutions. The solution, PowerCAMPUS Unified Digital Campus (UDC), will help Ahlia University achieve new benchmarks for quality assurance assessment in Bahrain by providing resources for teaching and learning.

Professor Abdulla Al-Hawaj, President, Ahlia University, said, “As a fast-growing institution with ambitious goals, Ahlia University is always keen to benchmark its processes against regional and global best practices in higher education. We are seeking to dynamically embrace ways that will help us improve and sustain the best possible educational quality learning outcomes for our students. PowerCAMPUS UDC will help provide an environment that will move us closer to our vision of becoming a major centre of academic excellence.”

SunGard Higher Education’s PowerCAMPUS UDC helps small to mid-sized institutions, and the people they serve, find better ways to teach, learn, manage and connect. Institutions around the world are using the PowerCAMPUS UDC to help realize strategic goals for growth and improvement. The PowerCAMPUS UDC helps institutions respond effectively to expectations around improved accountability, performance and productivity. By automating administrative tasks for recruitment, admissions, retention, financial services, academic records and human resources, as well as creating self-service capabilities for a collaborative community, the PowerCAMPUS UDC helps institutions deliver on their learning and service obligations to students. The PowerCAMPUS UDC is built on Microsoft technologies such as SharePoint and SQL-Server and integrated with other Microsoft applications such as Dynamics GP.

“Mobility and connectivity are important to today’s students, they want to be connected to each other and their faculty without being in the same room; they want to know that the quality of their academic programs are recognized regionally and globally; likewise, college staff want to be able to offer quality administrative services with less time and physical presence,” said Mathew Boice, general manager, EMEA, SunGard Higher Education. “By selecting the PowerCAMPUS UDC, Ahlia University has taken a step toward creating a connected and mobile learning environment. We are pleased to be playing a role in supporting the University’s progression toward regional leadership in quality standards and accreditation.”

As part of its commitment to the development of Bahrain’s higher education, Ahlia University teamed with SunGard Higher Education in February 2009 to organize the Bahrain Higher Education Executive Meeting. The event attracted more than 75 academics, educators and top government officials from Bahrain Quality Assurance Authority (QAA) and Ministry of Higher Education. Quality reforms, accreditation and performance management, in Bahrain’s higher education, were among the important topics discussed.

About Ahlia University

Ahlia University, the first private University licensed by the Kingdom of Bahrain, is currently composed of six colleges – the College of Arts, Science and Education, the College of Business and Finance, the College of Information Technology, and the College of Medical and Health Sciences, the College of Graduate Studies and Research and the College of Engineering. The University offers programmes of study at the undergraduate, Master’s and doctoral levels.

Ahlia University has strong affiliation ties with a number of highly reputed and distinguished institutions in North America, Europe and Asia including Brunel University, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Waseda University and Georgia State University.

All the professional programmes offered by AU are affiliated with and have been validated by highly reputable and distinguished leading university in the UK and USA. AU programmes are also recognized by The Ministries of Education in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the State of Kuwait and Sultanate of Oman. They are also accredited by Brunel University and are certified to be “in accordance with Brunel quality assurance regulations and the British Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education”