The Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC) Professor Julius Okojie has disclosed that NUC is partnering with the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology and the National Communications Commission (NCC) to implement Universities Inter-Campus connectivity (UnICC).
He further disclosed that so far interconnected 17 Federal Universities main campus’ data centers on the Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN), their Colleges of Medicine and their Teaching Hospitals through fibre optics for the purpose of sharing and accessing of bandwidth resources, information, data and vital link video, voice and other multimedia services.
Prof. Okojie who is also the Chairman Board of the Nigerian Research and Education Network made this disclosure while addressing participants at a Workshop on Network Monitoring and Measurement organized by the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) in Abuja.
“In recognition of the critical role research and education play in the development of an education system, the NUC in conjunction with the Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities and with support of the World Bank assisted Science and Technology Education, Post-Basic (Step-B) Project, established the Nigerian Research and Education Network to facilitate inter-institutional communication, collaboration and shared access to knowledge across national and international boundaries.
“NUC has put in effort that will enhance and facilitate collaborations among researchers in some thematic areas by bringing Centers of Excellence set up with the support of World Bank African Centre of Excellence Project together for higher and more efficient collaboration with the aim of promoting regional specialization among participating universities within areas that address particular regional development challenges and strengthen the capacities of the high quality training,” he said.
He informed that out of the ten universities that are part of African Centre of Excellence (ACE) Project in Nigeria, seven are already on the NgREN network indicating that over half a million Nigerian University students and staff can easily benefit from the activities of ACEs.
– Charity Simon, Abuja