Telecom giant MTN, Chinese-based Huawei Technology, and Nigeria’s Baze University on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote 5G-powered learning and teaching innovations.
This followed the launch of MTN-Baze University 5G2Business, which stakeholders say would enable the institution to leverage fifth-generation technology to transform learning and administration.
Wednesday’s tripartite partnership will also open more doors to creative access to quality education, Baze University’s acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kathleen Okafor, told journalists at the launch held at the school.
She said the initiative will unleash the full applicability of 5G, which offers faster connectivity to expand the institution’s academic and administrative activities.
This also includes a more collaborative learning experience for students while helping to upload videos by the lecturers without voice loss for virtual learning.
Applauding MTN and Huawei for agreeing to partner with the school, Okafor said the initiative would enhance its smart classroom concept and reduce course durations through ready access to lecture notes, especially for online programmes.
“The institution will strengthen lectures, course works, assignment sharing, and instant feedback from students.
“The new program will ensure that online learning creates smooth holographic access.
“Learning experience can be specialised with a more effective time management with stronger and faster signals network from the 5G technology creating a better virtual learning,” she stated.
The 5G deployment is also expected to create more effective security video footage for real-time coverage, enabling an effective response to security threats.
For Huawei’s Country Accounts Director, Joey Wu, the initiative is the first such proactive step into the future of campus learning and interaction with the environment.
“The digital transformation in education will expand and unlock opportunities for education as well as the business sector. We will unlock the deployment of more technology for Nigeria for a brighter future,” Wu said.
Meanwhile, the Chief Enterprise Business Officer at MTN Nigeria, Mrs Lynda Saint-Nwafor, said the tripartite efforts show a shared commitment to harnessing the new frontiers of opportunities 5G provides.
Saint-Nwafor, who was represented by the company’s General Manager, Enterprise Marketing, Charles Okonkwo, said, “The partnership with Baze University, Huawei, and MTN symbolizes our shared commitment to harnessing the power of 5G to unlock unprecedented opportunities for educational institutions and businesses across Nigeria.”
“This is at the heart of what we do at MTN Enterprise Business, and as a technology company, we are pioneers of progress across Nigeria.
“Our goal is simple yet profound: to leverage 5G technology to drive economic growth and enhance lives and experiences while empowering businesses to thrive in a digital world,” she added.
A highlight of the event was the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Baze University, MTN and Huawei Technology.