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ICT FOR TEACHING, LEARNING, AND RESEARCH


APPENDIX THREE

ABOUT THE NATIONAL AND INSTITUTIONAL PROFILES

Because ICT implementation in universities depends on infrastructure coupled with a conducive regulatory environment, meeting participants from the six Partnership countries were asked to prepare written documentation in advance, as follows:

National Profile
  • Regulatory and Legal Framework (planning, policies, and laws)
  • Extent of ICT infrastructure and connectivity
  • Funding for ICT, including donor support
Institutional Profile
  • Status of Internet connectivity
  • ICT strategic planning—whether university has a strategic plan, lines of authority, implementation
  • Type of Internet link (VSAT, wireless, leased line, dial-up, etc.) and name of provider
  • Amount of bandwidth and costs—whether bandwidth is sufficient, projected bandwidth requirements in one year and in five years
  • Existence of campus backbone, including details on WANs, LANs, and network points
  • ICT software packages being used (for teaching and learning, the libraries, administration, etc.)
  • How major ICT hardware and software purchasing decisions are made
  • How ICT maintenance is handled
  • Human resource needs
  • Extent to which students and staff have access to computers, email, and the Internet. Costs for access, if any
  • Funding for ICT implementation—both university-wide and project-specific, such as the library (from the government, from the university, from donors)
  • Major challenges
  • Success stories

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