University of Lagos Launches Laptops for Staff and Students Project

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Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Tolu Odugbemi has reaffirmed the institution's commitment to transfer relevant skills to students so that they could be in tune with the ever-changing technology landscape.

He said this at an event to launch the laptops for all staff and students at the university's senate chamber recently. The occasion also saw the university becoming the first tertiary institution in the country to be certified as a Microsoft IT Academy under a Private Public Alliance (PPA) Initiative with Microsoft Corporation.

The PPA, which the VC initiated in May, was developed between UNILAG, Microsoft and a number of Microsoft's hardware partners such as Hewlett Packard, Zinox Technologies, Brian Integrated Systems and MSI, to provide the university with affordable laptops - loaded with Vista Business and Microsoft Office software.

Odugbemi said the partnership was aimed at providing laptops to all staff and students at affordable prices to enhance and improve teaching, learning and research activities at the university, adding that it would empower them with Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills and capabilities for global competitiveness.

He said the university had already received a shipment of 2,000 laptops and that wireless networks will also be set up on campus, including the Idi-Araba and Yaba campuses.

According to him, the brands available are Brain Laptop, Zinox Smart Plus HP550, MSI VR430, Dell Vostro 1320. He said the prices range from N80,738 to N93,409, payable in 12 months instalments for senior staff and 18 months for junior staff, while interested students would make a 15 percent down-payment and the balance to be paid in 12 months instalments.

"All staff and students shall be required to sign an agreement with the university on the mode of payment. All laptops remain the property of the university until fully paid for by the staff and student concerned. Each of the computers has Intel Core Duo processor, 1G RAM, 100-250GB HDD, TFT 15", OS, MS Vista Business, Norton Antivirus and 650 VA UPS specifications. In addition, facilities (VSAT) that will link the institution's SAP systems to the internet at 512/512 kbps are provided."

Odugbemi advised buyers to insure their laptops and protect them with Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) systems, as the university would not be responsible for any loss, willful and accidental damages.

The PPA consists of three components such as access to hardware software and connectivity; access to affordable financing and enabling ICT skills acquisition through content and training. Microsoft will also fund the skills training and development of lecturers at the university so that a train-the-trainers programme can be instituted to ensure an efficient skills transfer.

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