Prague university turns to IBM to develop campus apps

IBM has helped Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS) develop new mobile apps to better manage personal finances and access University’s services.

The new IBM MobileFirst Apps called MyCZU helps students draw the best out of their smartphones and engage in campus activities in a meaningful way.

The apps were developed by a team of developers from IBM after analyzing specific student habits and user expectations.

Petr Dvořák, CIO, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, said, “The collaboration with IBM enabled us to quickly execute on our mobile strategy and create a rewarding user experience, while also developing a longer term plan that will map to the evolving communications needs of our students.”

The app helps students have greater control over their budgets and spending, and provide access to food services information such as viewing menus from various campus cafeterias and snack bars.

Students receive notifications about low cash balances on their campus debit card, view a list of transactions, set spending limits and compare spending to the University average. In case the card is stolen, students can lock their account from their smartphones.

Mobile is being viewed increasingly as a platform for communication in campuses. IBM’s partnership with the CULS shows the scope of mobile apps is widening in campuses.

Thanks to the greater user adoption, CULS is planning to add more features like course catalog, campus maps and details on upcoming lectures and events, as well as connection to social media, to the app.

Rajani Baburajan

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