Within these fields of expertise, VIVES also engages in research activities. The university college’s educational offer is completed with graduate courses and in-service training. More than 2,000 students opt for distance learning,
but the majority attend school in-person. Campuses are located in six different municipalities, spread over the province of West Flanders: Bruges, Ostend, Kortrijk, Roeselare, Tielt and Torhout. The different sites house nearly 1,300 employees, ranging from administration staff, full time college professors, professionals lecturing as a complementary activity, to researchers.
High level of availability
At the time of the merger, campuses in Kortrijk, Roeselare, Tielt and Torhout were already interconnected, with their main server located at the Kortrijk campus. Bruges and Ostend, at that time, depended on two separate, on-premise, and clearly outdated telephony switches. The breakdown of the switch in Ostend underscored the need for a new solution. “An institution of this magnitude needs a high level of availability for our ‘customers’, the students,” says Hendrik Vantomme, facility manager, safety officer and environmental coordinator at VIVES University College. “Administration, finance, HR and other management related departments rely heavily on internal voice communications as well.”