University of Zurich

University of Zurich (UZH) and ETH Zurich Language Center deploys “Scout” for course management

Product: Eclipse Scout, Custom solution | Industry: Educational institutions

The Language Center of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, in partnership with BSI, has overhauled its registration and course management system: With this project, called Course Management 2.0, BSI was given the opportunity to replace an existing registration and course management system with a customized solution based on Scout, an open source framework.

Scout is the primary open source platform for business applications and makes it easy to revamp and professionalize legacy applications quickly and effectively. With Scout, the Language Center has placed its trust in a future-proof and economical solution that meets all its security needs.

When the semester registration opened on September 3, 2018, the Language Center of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich launched its new registration and course management solution.

“The challenge this project posed was to understand the required work mechanisms and their specific contexts down to the detail level to allow us to map them in a new application and support the workflows as effectively as possible.”

Pascal GamperScout project manager at BSI

The two universities’ Language Center uses the new solution as a user and data management solution. At the same time, it was also possible to implement practical actions such as status changes, course assignments, mailings, exports, invoices, student lists, and input masks for lecturers and administrators in a surprisingly short time.

“Scout has proven to be a good choice for non-standardized, specific requirements with complex data structures and sophisticated data management.”

Ueli BachmannUeli Bachmann, Deputy Head of the Language Center, the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich.

About Scout, the open source framework

Scout stands for future-proof business applications. The open source framework simplifies development and shortens the time to project implementation. This Java framework for client-server applications is easy to learn, 100 percent open source, and free. Low development costs and the absence of license fees, as well as open standards that make it easy to integrate Scout applications into existing IT environments, won over companies such as Raiffeisen, SBB, pharmaceutical companies, and many others.

“We are happy that our new registration and course management solution was geared toward our needs, from overall concept to operational details, rather than us having to align our course portfolio and workflows with a standard out-of-the-box software package.”

Ueli Bachmann


  • State-of-the-art, future-proof, and economical course management
  • Early release capability
  • Ability to work collaboratively or individually on different data sets

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