The American University of Nigeria (AUN), Africa’s first development university, has just received a cash grant from the Internet giant Google to upgrade the University's information technology infrastructure.
The grant is part of Google’s effort to support sub-Saharan African universities that are participating in its Google Apps Supporting Program (GASP). There are currently six universities involved in the GASP program, located in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, and Senegal.
AUN’s Chief Information Officer, Julius Ayuk Tabe, said the Google grant “will be a big boost to our ICT capability. It will allow us to offer broader Internet connectivity across the campus, including data, voice and video.” AUN boasts the largest wireless network of any university in West Africa.
Dr. Margee Ensign, president of AUN, commented: “We are very appreciative of this infrastructure grant. This essential ICT capability, combined with the growing knowledge of the Google Apps communications tools, will help prepare our students for technological challenges of the 21st century in Nigeria, the continent and around the world.”
Ms. Ego Obi, Google Program Manager for sub-Saharan Africa said, “We want to get more and more Nigerian students online by improving access to the Internet and helping universities to take advantage of the Internet’s many opportunities. We hope that this exciting development will foster better communication and collaboration within the university community.”
Founded in 2003, AUN is Africa’s first Development University. Located in the state capital of Yola, the University is a career-oriented institution. Its goal is to educate the future leaders and problem solvers of the continent.