New Saxion.edu website wins award
Wed 12 December 2007 - 11:34
Saxion Universities is the first Dutch recipient of a “Noteworthy Award” for the new saxion.edu website. The Award comes after the launch of a completely redesigned website on 9 November 2007. Each month the design gallery EduStyle.net invites users to choose two educational institutions that showcase excellent web design.
“We are very pleased with the international recognition we got from EduStyle.net’s users”, says Director Chris van den Borne from Saxion Universities of Applied Sciences. “We are working in a very internationally oriented field where we compete with universities from the USA, United Kingdom and Australia. When redesigning our website we chose an approach fitting the style and tone-of-voice of our colleagues around the globe. By winning this award, it looks like we chose right in that.”
The new Saxion website was designed and developed by Eight Media. Saxion’s International Office handled oversight of the project. The goal of redesigning the website was to build a better user-experience rather than pushing our content. We decided to approach all elements from a user-centred point of view. One of the most important steps in this process was an actual user test taken by several end-users. Results from this test were taken into account as regards the graphic design.
Saxion Universities in the Netherlands is a very internationally-focused University of Applied Sciences. Every year about 2,000 international students from over 50 different countries study at Saxion. Our total student population is about 20,000. Saxion offer over 30 different international pathways. The new website is our main source of information. In addition to communicating via our website we use other ways to get in contact with prospective students: we travel around the world visiting international education fairs and use ‘traditional’ media like brochures to inform about our courses.