The University of Adelaide has decided to replace an in-house
email system with Gmail for its more than 16,000 students.
The "non-financial" agreement with Google will allow all
undergraduate, honours and postgraduate coursework students to
change over from their University of Adelaide email account to a
new Google account from 16 March this year and will also allow them to
use Google Calendar and Google Talk instant messaging.
The information technology services department at the university
has developed an automated process to create Google Apps accounts
for the 16,000 students. If the students accept the invitation sent
to their inbox from 16 March, they can have their emails copied to
the Gmail account. The students' email addresses will not
Currently, students have storage of 250MB on their university
mail box. With Gmail they will be able to store up to 7GB of mail,
at no cost to them or the university.
"The university has been actively working to find a solution to
the increasing challenge of providing quick, efficient and greater
capacity email services to students, which is something students at
all universities desire. As our student population has grown in
recent years that challenge has increased," University of
Adelaide's vice-chancellor and president, Professor James McWha
said in a statement.
Other universities to adopt Gmail include
Macquarie University and the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Microsoft
has also been scoring some points with its equivalent Live@edu mail
system, which has been adopted by the University of Queensland and
the University of New South Wales.
Other IT projects the university has on the boil include
replacing student cards with contactless cards and increasing
personal university storage, which can also be accessed remotely
from computers outside the university network to reduce reliability
on USB sticks.