Using JIRA And Confluence for Academic Institutions

Jun 11, 2015
Aleks Yenin

Posted by Aleks Yenin

In our previous posts we wrote about different spheres Atlassian tools can be used in, like using JIRA by governmental organizations or using JIRA and Confluence for crowdsourcing. Today we’d like to write about another area where JIRA and Confluence use is gaining popularity  – academic institutions.

One of the main reasons for this is the flexible pricing policy that Atlassian is conducting towards JIRA and Confluence academic licenses. Due to its affordability (the price for academic licenses is twice less than for enterprise ones) and support from Atlassian and the wide network of its official experts, JIRA and Confluence are chosen by a large number of leading educational institutions using them for collaboration, status reporting, time management, help desk etc.

A lot of highly respectable and reputable universities now use JIRA and Confluence, as well as other Atlassian tools, for different academic purposes.

For example, the University of Minnesota uses JIRA in order to involve undergraduate students in development projects in the university to prepare them for the software development market in the future. University’s departments, teams and students use JIRA for their in-house projects and personal time management.

Another example of successful usage of JIRA in an academic institution is MIT where JIRA is used primarily for bug tracking and project management purposes in order to enable students’ collaboration on various development projects. The same is true for Yale University where JIRA is used by the Yale School of Management.


A lot of institutions prefer to use few combined Atlassian tools in order to provide better collaboration between students and different university departments.

Cornell University, for example, uses both Confluence and JIRA. The former – for sharing documentation within the university community and enhancing collaboration among the students, the latter- for project management and bug tracking in the development process.

Stanford University and Cambridge use Confluence and JIRA for project management and collaboration purposes. New York University successfully uses Confluence for collaboration, sharing documents, works and news regarding High Performance Computing. University of Utah uses JIRA for project management and collaboration,  Confluence for documents sharing, FishEye and Crucible for code review, and Stash for Git repositories.

These are  only several examples of using JIRA and Confluence in academic institutions, but even they alone show that applying Atlassian tools can greatly benefit collaboration in academic area in terms of project management, bug tracking, documents sharing and personal time tracking.


If you’re thinking of implementing Atlassian tools in your academic institutions and would like to know more about how it can be done – feel free to contact our specialists.


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