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Construction & Equipping of University IT Services Building

The University IT Services (formerly Computing Services Centre) is one of the beneficiaries of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under the Cohesion Policy Programme 2007-2013. The ERDF project involved the construction and equipping of a new IT Services building. 

Construction works started during the third quarter of 2009. IT Services started operating from the new building in September 2011. 

The IT Services building spans over 4,000 square metres of floor space and incorporates state-of-the-art IT facilities for University students and staff.

The facilities housed within the building include:

  • Videoconference facilities that can link up to 12 different sites concurrently in Malta, Gozo and overseas, for University lectures and conferences; 
  • University’s Main Data Centre that provides a highly secure and reliable environment for the University’s core business servers, as well as for other research servers and supercomputer clusters; 
  • Open access learning spaces that have proved very popular with students for both individual research and collaborative work; 
  • Computer-equipped training rooms (5) which are extensively used by all University departments for lectures and seminars; 
  • IT helpdesk servicing all University students and staff.

Through consolidation of servers and use of virtualisation technology, the University has achieved cost savings from more efficient use of hardware, increased uptime and agility in providing new services.

The design of the building incorporates energy-saving measures, including solar water heating and a Building Management System which monitors, controls and shutdowns unnecessary use of equipment and systems, such as lighting and air conditioning units.

The project also included the installation of 7km of single-mode optical fibre cable interconnecting the Data Centre with over forty main University buildings on campus. The University Campus Network is in turn connected to GÉANT, the pan-European research and education backbone, via a 2.5Gbps link, supporting real-time, high-bandwidth applications.

The €8 million project is part-financed by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007-2013, with a Co-financing rate of 85% EU Funds, 15% National Funds

For further information please contact the Project Leader, Mr Robert Sultana (University CIO & IT Services Director).


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Last Updated: 25 February 2013

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