Deakin University in Victoria has adopted a cloud-based IT strategy built on Citrix technology that aims to boost staff and student productivity.Using Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp, the university has deployed a virtual environment that provides students and staff with access to more than 80 mission-critical applications including ArcGIS, ArchiCAD and Solidworks. The university has also provided its employees with laptops, tablet computers and secure access to its server for personal devices in a bid to increase mobility for staff working on campus. With the university\u2019s 53,000 strong student body increasingly looking to access the internal network via their own devices, such as smartphones and tablets, from any location at any time, Deakin University recognised it needed to change the way it delivered services to students, said the university's director ICT infrastructure services, Craig Warren. \u201cWhile life on campus and high-quality computer labs creates a complete university experience for many of our students, we wanted to ensure our on-site infrastructure wasn\u2019t limiting for others, and appreciate our students adhere to different lifestyles. To meet these diverse needs, we wanted a digital environment that enhanced \u2013 rather than remodelled \u2013 our existing offerings to help drive uninterrupted productivity for our students,\u201d Warren said. The university has also installed application delivery controllers, enabling the university to seamlessly manage and cater for the growing number of devices connecting to the network.\u201cThrough the roll-out of these new measures and the development of our cloud campus, we\u2019ve removed fixed barriers and bolstered our \u2018Deakin Anywhere\u2019 mission. In doing so, we\u2019ve witnessed an increase in staff and student productivity and transformed our students\u2019 learning experience, representing the evolution of our university,\u201d Warren added.He said future projects will include investigating \u201cnew ways of working\u201d such as video conferencing in lectures, as well as looking at new methods of machine and hologram learning to enhance the classroom experience.