Telecommunications company MTN, Chinese-based tech giant Huawei Technology, and Nigeria’s Baze University on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote 5G-powered learning and teaching innovations.
This collaboration follows the introduction of MTN-Baze University 5G2Business, a venture designed to enable the institution to harness the capabilities of fifth-generation technology for educational transformation and administrative enhancement.
Baze University’s Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof. Kathleen Okafor, shared her perspective during the launch event, highlighting how this three-way partnership would not only provide innovative access to high-quality education but also enable the institution to fully leverage 5G technology for academic and administrative purposes. This includes facilitating more collaborative learning experiences for students and ensuring that lecturers can upload videos without compromising audio quality for virtual learning.
Prof. Okafor commended MTN and Huawei for their collaboration with the university, emphasizing that the initiative would bolster the concept of smart classrooms and reduce course durations through improved access to lecture materials, particularly for online programs.
She stated, ‘The institution will enhance lectures, coursework, assignment sharing, and real-time feedback from students. This new program will ensure that online learning becomes seamless and holographic access becomes a reality. The learning experience can be personalized with more effective time management, thanks to the robust and speedy 5G network, thus enhancing virtual learning.’
The deployment of 5G technology is also anticipated to enhance security by providing high-quality video footage for real-time monitoring and swift responses to security threats.
Joey Wu, Huawei’s Country Accounts Director, emphasized that this initiative represents a proactive step toward the future of campus learning and interaction with the environment. He noted that digital transformation in education would create numerous opportunities for both the education and business sectors, marking a significant stride toward a brighter future for Nigeria.
Mrs. Lynda Saint-Nwafor, Chief Enterprise Business Officer at MTN Nigeria, echoed Wu’s sentiments, highlighting that this tripartite effort demonstrates a collective commitment to exploring the vast opportunities presented by 5G technology.
Saint-Nwafor, represented by Charles Okonkwo, MTN’s General Manager of Enterprise Marketing, emphasized MTN’s dedication to utilizing 5G technology to stimulate economic growth, enrich lives, and empower businesses in the digital age.
The event’s highlight was the formal signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Baze University, MTN, and Huawei Technology.”
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