The Federal Government has introduced a centralized hub known as Tertiary Education Research, Applications, and Services (TERAS) with the goal of promoting collaboration among educators, students, and the academic community in the realm of higher education.
Professor Tahir Mamman, who serves as the Minister of Education, emphasized that TERAS is a technology-driven initiative aimed at rejuvenating and improving the country’s tertiary education system, instilling a fresh sense of optimism. This announcement was made in Abuja on Tuesday, and it was facilitated by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund). The minister underscored the government’s unwavering commitment to providing consistent support to institutions benefiting from TERAS and TETFund to fully realize the platform’s potential.
He said, “Investing in education is an investment in the future of our children and the destiny of our nation. Ongoing challenges, including those arising from past issues and disruptions caused by COVID-19, as well as persistent funding issues in our sector, continue to be of great concern.”
He further stressed the incredible benefits that TERAS promises to offer educators, students, and the broader educational community, urging that these benefits should be fully harnessed.
In the meantime, Sonny Echono, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, elucidated that TERAS was envisioned as a centralized hub for tertiary education services. He mentioned that TERAS had its origins during the challenging days of the COVID-19 pandemic when the education system came to a standstill. This had a profound impact but also acted as a catalyst for action.
TERAS is designed to seamlessly integrate several crucial components. These components include identity management through BIMS (Beneficiary Identity Management System), a federated academic repository to address the significant challenges faced by students, researchers, and institutions in accessing educational resources and research materials.
Additionally, TERAS offers other services, such as sponsored Mobile Internet Access, EagleScan for plagiarism checking, an aggregated Journal & Research Subscription that includes EBSCO, the Blackboard Learning Management System, Digital Literacy (ICDL and Communication Skills), and Intervention Funding, all of which are accessible to institutions, staff, and students.
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