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Unam, Mtc agreement convenient for students

Mon, 28 July 2014 02:45
by Charmaine Ngatjiheue


A recent cooperation agreement between the University of Namibia (Unam) and the Mobile Telecommunications (MTC) will see the university’s students and lecturers accessing internet facilities country wide.
This partnership saw Unam intra-net being extended by the MTC server allowing flexibility for students who want to access internet at convenience to improve their research.
Unam’s Public Relations Officer John Haufiku revealed that the agreement between the two institutions will see students accessing  internet at home or anywhere else and not just on campus.
“This partnership was born out of the need to increase access to information for students.  As a university, we realised that many students and lecturers alike too, do not have internet facilities at home as these are quite expensive for the average person. As a result, we were constantly exploring options. This new Wi-Fi-service gives internet access to students from almost every geographical location in the country” said Haufiku.
He added that, “We must stress that this partnership is no ordinary internet service, it extends the UNAM virtual network, meaning students and staff can access the UNAM intranet from remote areas.”
Students will however pay N$500 that will be automatically taken from their tuition fee to acess the service.
 “All students will be deducted. The University regards access to the internet an essential part of higher education, particularly access to the UNAM intra-net which is provided by this service. We believe that students who might not have gadgets will be encouraged to get them” he said.
According Haufiku this partnership will add value to Unam’s services, “More importantly it is very affordable when compared to the obvious alternatives. You may be aware that N$ 500 does not normally purchase 5gig worth of web browsing data.”
Mtc’s Corporate Communications Personnel, John Ekongo said that this partnership was an initiative of Unam. “We are not benefiting from this commercially but we are simply providing internet services for students. This is to enhance access for students. It is a corporate social initiative and if other tertiary institutions are interested then we would gladly do it” he said.