President Goodluck Commissions N3.8 Billion University of Nigeria Wireless Project

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President Goodluck Jonathan launched the University of Nigeria’s (UNN) N3.8 billion digital wireless infrastructure project during his visit to the university on last Thursday. The project is expected to provide international and local Internet bandwidth; optical fibre network and cabling; data centre and network operating centre as hub for management of the system and an ICT Resource Centre.

Briefing journalists on the programmes lined up for the 50th Anniversary of UNN in Enugu yesterday, Vice Chancellor Professor Okolo said that the internet project would enable the introduction of a Global Classroom that replaces blackboards with white boards and other Internet-interfaced teaching tools, ensure international diversity from increasing numbers of international faculty and students, and enhance the reputation of the institution through higher numbers of PhDs and higher degrees awarded.

The commissioning of the ICT Infrastructure Programme by the president is a highlight of the 50th anniversary celebration of the university on October 7, the VC said.

According to Professor Okolo, the UNN ICT project would enable the institution further its internationalisation efforts to become a global centre of learning, adding that the project is "special" because "it is the first large-scale implementation in Africa of a university-specific Internet connectivity and ICT infrastructure to enable research and learning.

"It is also the first time that Google Inc, the multinational public cloud computing, Internet search and advertising technologies corporation, is launching forth with its University Access Programme to support and promote e-learning in Africa," he said.

The 50-year old institution runs diverse programmes in arts and sciences featuring 15 faculties, 105 departments, a college of medicine, postgraduate school, and 11 institutes/centres. It has a student body of 40, 000 in four campuses of Nsukka, Enugu, Ituku Ozalla, and Aba.