Nov 14, 2012
Avans School for Higher Education aims for more students with new website
Several studies have appointed Avans as the best University of Applied Aciences in the Netherlands for years in a row. The site, however, invariably ended in the lower regions. With the new site Avans has aspirations to be in the top 3. With the advanced course finder future students can find information on the areas of their interest, type (bachelor, associate degree, master), location (Breda, Den Bosch, Tilburg), hours (full-time, part-time, dual) and language. The course information as it appears on the website is extracted from Hodex, an open standard to capture and publish information about courses, institutions and events. The principle of single source publishing makes it easy to manage the content efficiently and the data integrity is guaranteed.
The base of the site is formed by the latest version of Hippo CMS 7.7. This open source content management system provides great flexibility and ease of use in the management of the site and allows the user to easily combine the various communication resources and publish the information through various channels such as the website, intranet, mobile & social media like twitter or Facebook. Tjeerd Brenninkmeijer, marketing director of Hippo: "I can only express my compliments towards the three implementing partners on the fact that they have realized such a quality website in such a short time. Not only Avans can positively distinguish itself, for Hippo CMS this is a great example of our products’possibilities to show off with in the world of education. "
Agile Scrum being the main methodologies used in this project, HintTech, Crossing Channels and Dayon managed to deliver the website within three months. Where joint action by the three parties ensures a combination of content and technology expertise, also the intensive collaboration with the IT department and marketing department of Avans contributed to the success of the project. Cyndra de Ruijter, head of communications Avans University: "From the first moment we have worked in an open and constructive manner. This has resulted in a great site. On the back it offers us the flexibility to easily adapt and add content. And with the advanced search functionality and the new look and feel we can provide even better service to students and future students."
HintTech is an IT-company specialized in web-based, content management and integration technologies, supporting both commercial and open source based solutions based on Java and .NET. We use our know-how from both worlds to provide our customers, big or small, with quality solutions that best fit their needs. We are innovative, using technology in new ways, when necessary, but will use proven techniques and standards when we can. HintTech has offices in the Netherlands, USA, UK, Sweden and Serbia. More information: www.hinttech.com.
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