Luleå University of Technology transforms educational offerings with Citrix®

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–(COMMERCIAL WIRE)–Like work, education today can happen anywhere. And students want the freedom and flexibility to choose where and how they learn best. Luleå Technological University (LTU) understands this and is using solutions from Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS) to break down the walls of the traditional classroom and provide a modern experience that enables its students to learn from anywhere and perform at their leisure. better.

“Teaching has become independent of space,” said Daniel Ström, CIO, LTU. “We are a university of technology and are expected to be at the forefront of using IT to deliver a superior educational experience in the classroom, the dorm room and everywhere in between.”

classrooms without borders

When the pandemic hit, LTU did just that, leveraging Citrix DaaS to create cloud-based workplaces through which teachers and students could access everything they needed to stay connected and keep learning.

LTU students use 300 different applications, some of which require significant computing power traditionally provided by powerful workstations available in campus computer labs. And for students to continue learning remotely, often using low-power personal laptops and other devices, LTU needed to provide access to these applications.

It was a difficult task. But LTU was able to fill it by using Citrix DaaS to provide students with secure access to their desktops and applications from anywhere and Microsoft Azure to allocate the processing power and compute resources needed to support them.

“With Citrix, it was very easy for us to step up and make it available to all students through their own computers,” said Lennart Isaksson, Head of Administration, Student Computer Lab, LTU.

And it was able to do it quickly, enabling full remote availability for 19,000 students in a matter of days.

“When it comes to remote desktop use cases, nothing comes close to Citrix,” said Ström.

Simplified management

One of Citrix’s biggest benefits, according to Isaksson, is the time savings it takes to manage applications. “With the traditional PC model, it would take several hours to install all the necessary applications on each PC. And we have over 800 student computer lab PCs,” he said. “With Citrix, it’s much better. We have a single base image with all the applications and we just replicate it to all the virtual machines that we are enabling.”

Enhanced Security

Another key benefit of Citrix DaaS is the enhanced security it provides.

“It’s a much more secure approach than the traditional PC model,” Isaksson said. “All the applications are updated and always available from any terminal device”.

modern education

More importantly to Ström, Citrix makes it easy for LTU to keep up with technology as it evolves and deliver the performance and IT experience its students expect.

“Young people today are raising the bar,” he said. “When you build a new computer lab under the traditional model, you only get 12 to 24 months when it’s modern. After that, the students are less and less satisfied. With the Citrix model, we can add new machines in the background as technology evolves, so the computer labs are always fresh and up-to-date.”

LTU joins hundreds of educational institutions around the world using Citrix to transform learning. Click here to read their success stories.

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