CU, Huawei Explore Collaboration on SMART CU
Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State and a leading global Information Communication Technology (ICT) provider, Huawei, are exploring the feasibility of partnering on building a Smart CU towards the actualisation of the university’s Vision 10:2022.
A smart city is an urban development vision to integrate multiple information and communication technology and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in a secure fashion to manage a city's assets – the city's assets include, but are not limited to, local departments information systems, schools, libraries, among others.
Speaking during a meeting between the CU Management and representatives of Huawei Nigeria held on Thursday August 11, 2016 at the university’s campus, Solution Manager, Mr. Oluwaseyi Obiyemi, who made a presentation on behalf of the Huawei team, revealed his company had been having a collaborative discussion with Covenant University on how to make vision 1 of 10 in 10 a reality.
The focal point, said Obiyemi, was looking at smart city project and other innovations Huawei think will boost the entire standards of meeting Covenant University’s vision.
In the presentation titled, ‘Leading New ICT: Making Learning Smarter’, Obiyemi, whose company had already audited CU’s ICT infrastructure, explained with illustration the current network architecture of the institution and concluded that “a whole lot needs to be done”.
“With collaboration, we’ll exceed expectation,” said Obiyemi. “We want to build a system whereby you would be able to manage everything from one point. Any institution that does not use IT to drive its operation is nowhere. Innovation is key to the success of any business; we’ll bring innovation to the fore.”
Huawei, he said, boasts of success cases in the revampment of ICT infrastructure in tertiary institutions both in Nigeria and abroad, while disclosing that Huawei plans to move CU away from the traditional architecture to Hyper-Converged architecture, which is cost effective, guarantees security of classified information and tackles security challenges in the school environment.
Obiyemi also revealed a proposed donation of Huawei Academy to Covenant University so that in-house resources at the university, who understand the technology, can train students to equip them for the business world.
The Director, Partner Business Department, Mr. Welsion Yang, who led the Huawei team, expressed hope that his company and CU can work together in building a smart university with smart education. “We want to add value to the students with ICT certification,” he added.
Responding to the Huawei team’s presentation, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, who described the presentation as wonderful, said the new administration in the university is trying to engage the concept of team managed automation to operate maximally and as such, needs concentration of talents at the students and teachers levels.
CU, he pointed out, has already invested huge funds in ICT and boasts of many of the equipment proposed by Huawei. “CU is actually smart, but we want to have sensors and ubiquity of surveillance, which will help the processes,” he said.
While disclosing that Huawei is not the only ICT firm being courted by CU as the university already has relationship with Chams Plc, IBM and Microsoft, Professor Atayero urged the Huawei team to visit again for possible ratification of a Memorandum of Understanding.
Also representing CU at the meeting were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; the Director, Financial Services, Pastor Bayo Oladehinbo; the Head of Department, Electrical and Information Engineering, Dr. Victor Matthews; and some principal officers.