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York University


York University is a large research and teaching university in Toronto, Ontario, with over 55,000 students, making it Canada's third-largest. In late 2006, York's central computing organization (CNS), the Registrar's office and other groups within the Division of Students, and the central Marketing and Communication group decided to build a student portal.

Project Summary is the central information source for 55,000 students, offering a convenient one-stop shop on the Web with access to both internal resources and external data, including personal course information (instructor, times, course Web site, etc.), grades, student account information, subscriptions to non-York newsfeeds and more. To simplify the user experience, personal portal calendars are automatically loaded with class times and locations for each student's registered courses while other campus events can be added as desired along with custom reminders and appointments. The website also gives direct access to both and other personal IMAP email accounts.

In subsequent phases of the project, York University rolled out a convenient portal for prospective students ( to inform and attract students interested in learning more about the school's programs and campus life. For current students, integration of the learning management system Moodle into the Liferay Portal gave students easy access to online course content posted by professors and other course information such as news and announcements. has also gone mobile with its layout of portlets and tabs transformed into a hierarchical menu that is compatible for viewing and navigation on users' smartphones.

Liferay Portal is a solid base on which to build to realize our goals with the required degree of flexibility and control over how we needed everything to work.
Peter Rowley
Director of Applications & Integration in University Information Technology