Information and Communications Technology Centre (ICTC)
Historical Background of ICT Centre
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 the assumption of office in June 2016, the 7 Substantive 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.
Engr. Prof. M. C. Ndinechi
Director, Information and Communications Technology Centre