SunGard Higher Education (http://www.sungardhe.com ), a global leader in IT solutions for the higher education sector, announced today an agreement with the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) to deploy the PowerCAMPUS Unified Digital Campus (UDC).
The PowerCAMPUS UDC is a Microsoft-based, comprehensive administrative system that helps institutions of higher education with admissions, academic records, advancement, billing and cash receipts, financial aid, finance, human resources, and portal needs.
The American University of Afghanistan, a non-profit Higher Education institution in Kabul, Afghanistan, was founded in 2005 through the sponsorship of USAID and other regional philanthropists, to provide high quality educational opportunities to the local community. SunGard Higher Education will assist AUAF in the implementation of PowerCAMPUS, helping the institution meet its goal of doubling its enrollment growth each year over the next five years. The PowerCAMPUS UDC will automate many tasks which will help give faculty and staff at AUAF more time to concentrate on teaching and providing students with a well-rounded learning environment.
Dr. Thomas Stauffer, president of the American University of Afghanistan commented, “The American University of Afghanistan is bringing world-class education to Afghanistan’s future leaders. SunGard Higher Education will provide the University with the necessary solutions to support our administration process, helping us to reach more students and helping us to meet our goals for growth and future success.”
Recruiting and admitting new students is a priority for AUAF. PowerCAMPUS will help the small and well-qualified team at AUAF to manage growing administration needs without having to hire additional staff. Eventually students will be able to use the system to apply online, as the country’s technological infrastructure matures. In subsequent phases of the project, AUAF will use PowerCAMPUS to help track the progress of students and manage the delivery of academic programs.
“We are proud to be playing a key role in the AUAF project since it delivers very tangible benefits to the local community. PowerCAMPUS is recognized by the AUAF as a solution that can be deployed and managed by a small staff, in a short period of time, and without complex IT support needs. The solution will help AUAF use development resources where they count— in supporting the needs of its students,” said Mathew Boice, General Manager, EMEA, SunGard Higher Education.
“Working closely with the American University of Afghanistan is rewarding for us on many levels - such as helping to support the University’s mission in the region, which is at the forefront of the reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The team at AUAF is a very special group of people doing important work,” added Mr. Boice.
About American University of AfghanistanEstablished in 2005, The American University of Afghanistan is quickly becoming the preferred institution of higher education in Afghanistan and the region. It is the nation’s first private, independent university. Further, it is non-political, non-sectarian, co-educational, student-centered, internationally-supported, and ethically-driven. It emphasizes higher education for the professions, offering world-quality education at the levels of university preparation, undergraduate degree programs, and professional development. Open, transparent, and committed to equality of opportunity, the future leaders of Afghanistan find their home at the American University of Afghanistan.www.auaf.edu.af 
About SunGard Higher EducationSunGard Higher Education provides software and support, systems implementation and integration, strategic consulting, and technology management services to help colleges and universities build, unify, and manage their digital campuses. Bringing together people, processes, and technology, SunGard Higher Education assists more than 1,600 customers worldwide to strengthen institutional performance through improved constituent services, increased accountability, and better educational experiences. www.sungardhe.com 
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