Nigerian universities will be benefiting from the European Union’s (EU) 10 million Euro African Connect 2 Project. Other West and Central African countries to benefit from the project, include, Ghana, Togo, Benin Republic and Senegal .
The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Julius Okojie disclosed this in Abuja while inaugurating the Board of Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN).
He said Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin Republic, Senegal and others would be connected through a submarine cable to Europe and be able to participate under the second phase of NgREN with other universities of the world.
He, however, said Nigeria is expected to make a 2.5million Euro contribution to the project to be able to take full advantage of the African Connect 2 Project which will enable benefiting countries to be on the same research and education networks (RENs).
This, the NUC executive secretary said, would also improve the nation’s webometric ranking of universities as well as share research results and other academic contents.
“Any university in Nigeria can seamlessly collaborate with any university in the world. The prospects of NgREN to improve teaching and learning environment in Nigeria is very exciting.
“Currently, we have 27 federal universities that are on board and the number will grow to about 81 or there about. Then we will look at the number of private universities who are ready to come on board,” he said. (Leadership)