We are not focussing on students and academia in general, i.e. the long term. But we have to start somewhere and we are focussing on the needs of the students primarily in our choices on which features to implement at this early stage.
One example of that is that we will have a top-notch bibliography engine in the next version. There is currently a Google Summer of Code project with that objective and as far as I know the results are good.
Something that is also true but wasn't very visible in the announcement is that Calligra is *the* suite to use if you want to build office functionality into something else. It's much easier to do that than with any other free office suite. In fact it's designed from the bottom up to make it possible to create new UI's (even touch based ones) or slash or add features for special builds. Calligra is in several smartphones already as pre-installed applications and right now we in KO GmbH are working on creating a variation of Krita for touch-enabled painting on Windows 8.
This makes it also well suited for research work where you want to build new features and test out on various user groups. One example could be usability studies.