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De : Cliff Missen <[log in to unmask]>
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Date : dimanche 30 mai 1999 06:19
Objet : Re: Jos Magic
>Many, many thanks to Jeff for highlighting what is being done at the
>University of Jos. Believe me, a lot of hard work has been undertaken by a
>wide array of UNIJOS faculty and staff to make this network such a success.
>I should mention that this all started with our Vice Chancellor
>("University President" for those in America) who toured the U.S. several
>years ago and realized that digital technology was going to radically alter
>higher education and returned to Nigeria with a mission to adopt digital
>It has not been easy: Nigerian universities are woefully underfunded (being
>the popular whipping boy of the military types which have run this country
>for the last 15 years.) For our VC, Prof. Nenfort Gomwalk, choosing
>networks and computers over building rehabilitation, road repairs, and
>library improvements was a bold decision.
>But there's still a lot of work to be done. Most administrators and
>faculty at other Nigerian universities are where their Western counterparts
>were seven years ago: entirely unsure what networks and computers have to
>do with the time-honored business of teaching. Talking about the World
>Wide Web here is like selling television over the radio: it sure sounds
>good, but it's hard to imagine what it actually looks like.
>However, Nigeria IS making progress and promises to kick some fanny in the
>near future! <grin>
>One of the things we've stressed at UNIJOS grows out of the years of
>systems work and consulting I've done in the U.S.: given the immense amount
>of time, energy, and resources it takes to build and support a network over
>the long-term, there's little to be saved by implementing a half-solution
>system. The added cost of purchasing a world-class network operating
>system diminishes dramatically when compared with the cost of supporting a
>difficult or kludgy OS. (The zealots amongst us should take note: we use
>both NT and Linux at UNIJOS...<grin, DHM!>) The cost of purchasing the
>latest software applications so that users are immediately productive is
>negligible compared to the cost of supporting older, more difficult
>software and losing the participation of frustrated users.
>This recipe isn't for everyone, but those who can "afford" it will find
>much more participation and productivity.
>As I learn the ropes of networking and computer systems in the U.S., I have
>the luxury of visiting other universities, seeing how they implement their
>technology, and mimicking their successful practices. Here at UNIJOS, most
>of our staff has had to rely upon their imaginations and stories they've
>heard from faraway places. This June we will conduct a training at UNIJOS
>to start the ball rolling for other Nigerian universities. We'll be
>presenting our progress, warts and all, for our colleagues to consider and
>evaluate. Our aim is to create a culture of helpfulness and cooperative
>Your feedback and success stories would be much appreciated as well.
>Those wanting more information about Jos or our Computer Centre will find
>such at the URLs below.
>At 09:45 PM 5/2/99 -5, Jeff Cochrane wrote:
>>Imagine a university computer laboratory with perhaps 30
>>workstations, fully networked via a fiber campus backbone with full
>>Intranet access plus Internet mail, requiring only a pipe to the Internet
>>for global Web access. Fill the room with undergraduate students
>>(yes!) working on term papers, spreadsheet assignments, and
>>multimedia experiments. A small cluster of students wait at the door
>>for their appointed time of access. A lab monitor tells those at the
>>workstations when their own time is up to make room for the
>>newcomers. A generator chugs in the background to keep things
>University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
>University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA
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