The America University of Nigeria, AUN, Yola,owned by the former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has been described as one of the world’s leading centres of excellence by Google.
The Internet multilingual, social networking and identity service provider entered into a major collaboration effort with the University in order to boost ICT infrastructure in AUN giving the institution a grant of US $112,400 (about N17,000,000).
The institution has been working on the partnership for almost a year and by the agreement, the University will use the funds from the internet giants to purchase goods and services that will help support and expand its network.
Mr. Julius Ayuk Tabe, Chief Information Officer of AUN in a statement assured that the partnership will increase internet connection in the institution.
Commending the development, excited Mr. Julius Ayuk Tabe said, it was an exceptional accomplishment for the institution to offer broader Internet connectivity across all its campuses and
locations for data, voice and video.
He however emphasised that acquired knowledge by students in the institution, combined with the growing knowledge of the Google communication tools will give the student an edge over their counterparts from other schools when they leave school, adding that this will enable them to start their future careers successfully, thereby contributing to the technological advancement of Nigeria, Africa and the world.
The University’s President, Dr. Margee Ensignan in her remark said access to uninterrupted internet is essential for students and educators around the world.
She concluded by promising that the technology, teachers and tools such as the Google Applications would be extended to their host community, Nigeria and Africa continent.
It was also gathered that six other universities from Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Senegal were also among other institutions of higher learning expected to benefit from the programme being offered to sub-Sahara African universities by Google.