University of Gibraltar

Building an institution for student success

Ellucian Quercus technology is part of the foundation

Student sitting at desk with laptop


  • Cloud-based SIS offers seamless student experience
  • Cost-effective, yet configurable technology
  • Data and tools to deepen relationships at every stage of student lifecycle
  • Ellucian expertise enables faculty and staff to focus on students


One of the university’s first priorities was choosing the right student information system (SIS). Their requirements:

  • meet immediate functional needs while also offering a scalable, extensible platform to accommodate future growth and change
  • provide a cost-effective model—built on rapid deployment, easy configurability, and an agile cloud-based infrastructure that lowers costs and delivers innovation without
  • utilise best practices in higher education technology
  • deliver a superior student experience

After exploring the market, the university chose to partner with Ellucian and to deploy the Ellucian Quercus student information system. Not only did Quercus fill their requirements, it came with access to the world’s largest team of experts in higher education technology.


Meeting both immediate and future needs

As a new institution, the University of Gibraltar needed an easy, intuitive information management system to ensure a positive constituent experience from day one. At the same time, they needed to lay a solid foundation for future growth and innovation.

The university is meeting both needs with Ellucian Quercus—taking advantage of pre-configured workflows built on best practices, flexible rules, and the ability to expand and scale functionality at their own pace.

“We had a relatively small window of time between procuring Quercus in June 2015 and going live with enrolment by September 2015,” said Christian Celecia, head of information and communications technology (ICT). “Because the software is modular, we could prioritise the modules critical to launch while simultaneously developing a holistic, long-term strategy.”

Implementing a cost-effective model

The University of Gibraltar has an information and communications technology team of just three people and a limited budget for infrastructure. In researching the SIS market, they found that Ellucian Quercus offered the most value at a manageable cost.

“Many of the systems we investigated were geared toward larger institutions,” said Celecia. “We didn’t want to pay for unnecessary or irrelevant functionality. Nor did we have the resources to support larger-scale solutions. When we also factored in the cost savings from not having to buy, maintain, and upgrade our own technology infrastructure, Quercus became the clear choice.”

Other factors driving cost-effectiveness include Ellucian’s rapid deployment model; easy, flexible configurations; and a cloud platform that delivers continuous innovation with minimal disruption.

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Christian Celecia
Head of Information and Communication Technology
University of Gibraltar
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