Collaboration with Finland’s most international school, Centria in unique digitalization

Through collaboration with ID North, Centria has streamlined its education by automating identity and access management, reducing administration, and enhancing security. The result is a seamless and secure digital learning environment for both students and teachers.

Reduced administration and increased security at Centria University of Applied Sciences.

Centria University of Applied Sciences is a Finnish educational organization with operations in Karleby, Ylivieska, and Pietarsaari. Every year, the university admits around 4,200 students and has 350 employees. "The use of modern information and communication technology is important for both teachers and students in Finland. To make this possible, well-managed and secure access to various resources is required," says Jarmo Kauppinen, the IT Manager at Centria.

"Our organization is committed to continuous development, and ID North's experts have been instrumental in supporting our digital transformation. They understand our environment and our needs. At Centria, we have a team of ten experts in digital development services, and ID North's support has been invaluable."
Jarmo Kauppinen, IT Manager Centria

Advanced technology for teaching and learning

Centria University offers over 200 online courses annually with automated access control for 4,200 students. This frees up teacher time and meets diverse needs with flexible teaching scheduling. Automated domain and permission management enhance security as a key component of Centria's IT strategy.

Centria University annually offers over a hundred online courses, utilizing modern information and communication technology to create a versatile learning environment. Each course provides flexibility through various tools for students. Through automated access control, Centria's system seamlessly reaches its 4,200 students with educational materials. Essential information is automatically generated for students and teachers, with smooth data transfer between systems.

Jarmo Kauppinen, Centria's IT Manager, emphasizes the importance of a seamless user experience and highlights that teachers can now devote more time to teaching, thanks to efficient identity management. With plans for hybrid learning, the university gives students the freedom to choose the best method, which places high technical demands. Automated management of student and teacher domains and permissions enhances security and forms the core of Centria's IT environment, explains Kauppinen.

"Our teachers can now dedicate more time to teaching, and our students are delighted with the freedom to choose the teaching method that suits them best."
Jarmo Kauppinen, IT Manager Centria

ID North's experts have implemented a comprehensive automated Identity and Access Management service (IAM) tailored to Centria's needs.

Digitalization and the use of cloud services are rapidly growing at the university, and the management of identities and access plays a crucial role. This has led to improved teaching, reduced manual work, and increased security. To achieve this, experts from ID North have implemented a comprehensive automated Identity and Access Management (IAM) service tailored to Centria’s needs.

About Centria University of Applied Sciences

Finland's most international university in numbers.


4200

Students with a degree

350

Teachers and employees

23

Percentage of students of foreign origin

200

Online courses per year

Electronic workspaces

Centria is one of Finland's most international vocational universities, where exchange students from all over the world come every year

Centria is one of Finland's most international vocational universities, with exchange students from all over the world. By integrating Microsoft Identity Manager with AD and Entra ID, teachers no longer need to manually create electronic workspaces for online teaching. This is now done automatically and cost-effectively, while the school continues to receive ongoing support and integrations from ID North's employees.

"The collaboration with ID North has been seamless, and they have always been transparent about the system's capabilities and limitations from the beginning. I have appreciated the open and honest dialogue we've had. ID North is a strategically important partner for our IT administration."
Jarmo Kauppinen, IT Manager Centria
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