University College of Bahrain announced today that they have entered into an agreement with Google to provide students, faculty and staff with full access to Google Apps Education Edition. All students and educators will have the opportunity to be connected to a common e-mail, chat and calendar system (Gmail, Google Talk and Google Calendar), cloud collaboration tools (Google Docs, Google Sites, & Google Groups) and social media tools (Google+ for Education) that will enable them to work together and learn more effectively "Google Apps will help us communicate with our students, faculty and administration more easily and efficiently than ever before, while relieving our IT department of the traditional costs associated with email and collaboration solutions" said Sh. Abdulla Al Khalifa, Executive Director for Technology & Innovation. "We're glad to let Google do what it does best, to provide us with innovative technology, so we can do what we do best, educate our students."
Users can take advantage of Google Apps Education, while still enabling faculty and staff to retain their existing "@ucb.edu.bh" even after switching to Google. The students will be provided with an exclusive UCB mail, powered by Google. Another major benefit the university is offering to its students, and for the first time in Bahrain, is the students graduating from the university will be able to retain their UCBmail address for life. Migration from Microsoft Exchange to Google Apps for Education has started one month ago, and it’s expected that the full process will be complete this week. Sh. Abdulla highlighted that “Response from the academic community has been overwhelmingly responsive. Already, we’ve started to see students and faculty collaborating on a number of innovative ways that normal conventional ways of teaching could not do.”
All services are hosted by Google and are available to users via any internet-connected computer, tablet, and many mobile devices. Google Apps includes the following services.
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