Kyambogo University Kampala (KYU) has launched a new wireless network giving students with compliant laptops and phones unlimited Internet access around campus.
The system will support the ongoing computerization of operations of the university, such as the e-campus system, a computer application which has revolutionized admissions, fees payments, registration and management.
“If any university has to be competitive in the 21st century, it must embrace ICT in order improve communication and undertake ground breaking research,” said Ag Vice chancellor Prof. Eli Katunguka.
The Shs1bn system launched last week was undertaken with support from the African Development Bank, Research and Education Network for Uganda (RENU) and National Information Technology Authority (NITA).
The system also checks fraud at the university by tracking all transactions, especially fees payments.
The university has turned to online registration of students, courtesy of e-campus.
“To members of staff, use the facility to enhance research and innovation .Students should also use it for academic purposes but not downloading porn movies and among others. This is what it takes to be a modern University but not a glorified high school,” Prof Katunguka advised.
Although the long-term impact that the wireless network will have on the university’s learning culture is yet to be seen, University spokesperson Lawrence Maddette says that from the trials they have conducted so far, it has been seen that access to information readily is helping students to be better prepared for classes and to work on their assignments with ease whether lounging around in the cafeteria, library, hostels, or indeed, anywhere on campus.
Prof. Eli Katunguka pointed out that every system is affected with breakdowns but affirms that the university will install a backup system to ensure break downs in system is handled and they can still retrieve students and university documents.
Although the university has long provided computer facilities for students, this new dimension will enforce computer literacy by boosting uptake of ICT skills amongst the more hesitant or uninitiated students.