MTN Foundation re-opens ‘UniversitiesConnect’ initiative in UniLag

MTN Foundation has re-opened a digital library facility at the University of Lagos.

Built in 2005, the fully furnished and air-conditioned digital library is equipped with 128-networked computers, running on Microsoft 365, which was donated by Microsoft Philanthropies.

The library is equipped with an alternative source of electricity for a seamless digital library experiences. It also has three laser jet printers, a server, and VSAT-based Internet connectivity.

Other universities that have benefited from the ‘UniversitiesConnect’ initiative include the Ahmadu Bello University, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and the University of Benin.

The Chairman, Board of Directors, Mr. Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, while presenting the facility to the school’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rahman Bello, at an event witnessed by members of the University Senate and the MTN Nigeria’s management team, expressed delight on the fact that the facility had been re-opened, urging the students to collaborate with the university to ensure that the library is well managed.

He said, “This project aligns with the foundation’s commitment to enhancing learning and teaching by providing infrastructure, content and access to students in tertiary institutions across the country.

“The UNILAG was the first institution to partner us on the ‘UniversitiesConnect’ project and we are pleased to reopen this pioneer digital library.”

In his remark on behalf of the university community, Bello commended MTN Foundation for its commitment to the development of education and Information and Communications Technology in Nigeria.

“This is a welcome development in line with ongoing efforts to bridge the digital divide. I assure you that this centre will be used for learning and extensive research by our students,” he said.


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