Historical Background of ICT in FUTO
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) refers to all equipment and applications that involve communications such as computers, cell phones, televisions, radio and satellite systems as well as the various services and applications associated with them such as video conferencing and distant learning. FUTO Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Centre was established in 1996 during the tenure of Engr. Prof. C.O.G. Obah, the third substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University. ICT activities started then with the establishment of Nigerian Universities Network (NUNET) Steering Committee to provide e-mail services to the University Community from an office in the Vice Chancellor’s lodge.
The e-mail service was provided by connecting to the National Universities Commission’s dial-up which connects to the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Italy. Due to the delay associated with this type of Communications, an alternative and full Internet access that does not depend on a telephone line were implemented through Link Service Ltd. With such improved access the University Community provided URL for search and download. Further relief was provided with the donation of Internet Centre to Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2004 by a Philanthropist, which was extended to the NUNET office in the University Permanent Site. The need to harmonize and coordinate the various ICT Units in the University brought about the creation of the Directorate of ICT in January 2005 by the then Vice-Chancellor Prof. Jude E. Njoku. Since then, the subsequent Vice Chancellor has impacted positively in the development of ICT facilities in the University including completing all ongoing projects, the establishment of a dynamic website and portals, rolling out of ICT policy for the University etc.
In his address to the General Assembly of the University on assumption of office in June 2016, the 7thSubstantive Vice Chancellor, Prof. Francis C. Eze reaffirmed his desire to sustain efforts at full computerization of all university’s administrative and academic processes as encapsulated in his mantra “Driving the Culture of Excellence”. His vision is to leverage on ICT to enhance teaching, learning and research so that FUTO will be repositioned into a World Class University of Excellence.
To use ICT to reposition FUTO into a World Class university for excellence in teaching, learning, research and development.
To promote the increased use of the state-of-the-art ICT hardware and software resources that will improve and sustain the productivity of FUTO staff and students to international standards at all times in areas of students laboratories, Applications Development, Teaching and Research, Staff Training and Consultancy.
The philosophy of the ICT Centre is to develop capabilities that will enable 24 -hour resolution of problems for optimal performance and benefit of both staff and students.