UNN Adopts Electronic Board for Teaching

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Enugu — Traditional blackboards would soon be replaced by electronic boards in classrooms and laboratories at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), as the institution prepares for full implementation of its information and communication technology infrastructure. Vice Chancellor of UNN, Prof. Bartho Okolo, disclosed this in Enugu. He said the institution has already commenced the shift by training staff on the new equipment and processes. Okolo disclosed, "Hitachi has completed training in the university on how to use e-boards such as smart white boards for electronic-teaching and student learning in our classrooms and teaching laboratories." He said that in addition, Google Inc has finalised plans to train 2,000 faculty and academic leadership on using Google applications and Moodle to enhance administrative efficiency, teaching, learning and research. His words: "I want to assure you that the University of Nigeria will in the next few years be transformed to what is obtainable in the best universities in Europe and North America. My leadership team is dedicated to the vision of a 21st century learning institution and we are determined to demonstrate that Africa can house one of the best universities in the world." The vice chancellor stated that UNN was developing 'productive collaborations' with various organisations, institutions and corporate bodies in pursuit of vision of re-structuring the school and turning it into a global centre of learning. According to him, notable recent successes include construction of a wireless network infrastructure project to deliver 50 mbps of internet bandwidth by a consortium led by Google Inc at a cost of about N3 billion. He also expressed the commitment of the university to the construction and equipping of a Centre for Environmental Management and Control by the Shell Petroleum Development Company and admission of UNN into the New York Academy of Sciences. He assured that the current management would create a functional, globally competitive and research-focused University of Nigeria, which is not just an ivory tower but responsive to the needs of the society while delivering world class education and knowledge.