Moving to a cloud-based delivery model is an important first step for us. It sets in motion our strategic plan to become the first fully digital campus in the UAE, and zero downtime is critical to achieving this objective.

Hamdan Alkalbani
Hamdan Alkalbani
Head of the Digital Transformation & Innovation Department
Sorbonne Abu Dhabi

Reason for moving to Ultra: 

The transition to the cloud will allow over 800 students and 100 educators to experience anywhere-anytime learning with zero downtime updates.

Transition timeline:

  • June 2019 - Moved Learn installation from Managed Hosting to SaaS 

Perspective on Learn Ultra:

“We want to better align our programmes to global trends and market needs. We want to support continuous, interactive learning opportunities and want to boost digital learning. Our aim is to lead by example and a cloud-based structure is central to our strategy for the future. We are extremely pleased that Blackboard is supporting us on our journey to digitisation.”

"Sorbonne Abu Dhabi will leverage SaaS deployment to introduce blended learning, scale up its online courses, and better evaluate its students, educators, and programmes."

"With SaaS deployment, our students are now benefiting from improved stability as well as increased mobility and interactive learning.”

"Learn with SaaS deployment will be instrumental to the university’s plans to set up a mobile application for its users with a 360-degree view and single sign-on."

“Based on our experience, we would absolutely recommend any institution move to SaaS deployment for Learn. Blackboard has a great team that works hard to satisfy clients and keep them on track.”


  • Located in United Arab Emirates

  • 800 students and 100 educators

  • Blackboard products: Learn Original with SaaS deployment

Sorbonne Abu Dhabi Becomes the First University in the United Arab Emirates to Transition to Blackboard Learn SaaS