Unilorin to get 100% internet coverage in 2015 – Ambali


University of Ilorin, UNILORIN to get 100 per cent internet coverage for the University community by next year.

UNILORIN

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof.  AbdulGaniyu Ambali (OON), has said that plans are underway to ensure 100 per cent internet coverage for the University community by next year.

Prof. Ambali disclosed this last Tuesday (December 23, 2014) while receiving the report of the Google Student Ambassadors Summit in Accra, Ghana, from the 2014 Google Student Ambassadors of the University, Abideen Olasupo, a 300 level student of Chemistry and Itodo Ene Patience, a 400 level student of Pharmacy, in his office.

The Vice-Chancellor said that the massive internet coverage would afford staff and students the uninterrupted use of the facility at any point in time to communicate with all parts of the world regardless of the time-zone.

According to the Vice-Chancellor, the areas to be covered in this phase of the University’s ICT revolution include the staff quarters on campus and in the GRA , student hostels on the University campuses as well as academic areas and offices.

Prof. Ambali disclosed that the Computer Services and Information Technology (COMSIT) Unit and the University management were working harmoniously  towards ensuring that members of the University community can always be in touch with all parts of the world anywhere they are and at anytime, whether they are on the road or at home.

 While congratulating the University Google Ambassadors on their achievements, the Vice-Chancellor said that the management of the University as well as the entire University community were very proud of the students. He noted that the University management would want other students to emulate that kind of achievement so that the whole world would see why Unilorin is better by far.

Prof. Ambali disclosed that he and other members of the University management are always happy to empower the students with whatever they may require so that the world would acknowledge the University as an important part and a major player in the academic global village.

Presenting the report on behalf of the duo,  Olasupo urged the University management to help in supporting their upcoming programmes in the 2014/ 2015 session.

The two students, who were chosen after a competitive selection process conducted by Google, told Unilorin Bulletin that they had lined up a number of activities for the 2014/2015 academic session. These include, registration of Google Students’ Club; Career Service and Empowerment; Google+ Hangout on Air with notable personalities drawn from within and outside the country; Unilorin Geo Walk/Mapping Event; Introduction of Google opportunities (Google Cloud Developers Challenge, Google Online Marketing Challenge, Youtube monetization, and Google Students’ Ambassador Programme) .

According to the Google Ambassadors, the other activities are: Google Mobile Event, training on Unilorin Android Apps, Google Apps for Education Training (Gmail, Google Maps, Google+, Google Calendar and Google Drive) for University and Secondary School students.

The duo, however, noted that to make a success of these activities, they would require support from the University’s management in the provision of 24-hour internet access on event days; free venues to be used for the events, and facilities like sound system, and projector.

They pointed out that the programmes would give students the opportunity to create google products, which can earn them $250 each, earn money from youtube and create platforms for more students of the University to become   Google Student Ambassadors.

With the Vice-Chancellor at the ceremony were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services), Prof Y. M. Fakunle; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. N. Y. S. Ijaiya; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Technology and Innovation), Prof. G. A. Olatunji; and the University Librarian, Dr. J. O. Omoniyi.  



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