The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Chepkoilel University to Have Internet Connection

CHEPKOILEL University is set to go paperless once Jamii Telkom (JTL) constructs a fibre optic connection from Eldoret to the university at a cost of Sh40m.

Signing a memorandum of understanding yesterday, JTL said it will provide the broadband Internet free of charge as part of its contribution to the university's Information technology development.

The university is set to receive its charter next month. JTL chairman Joshua Chepkwony said the company will extend its metro network from Eldoret to Chepkoilel University.

He said the project will be completed in three weeks time. Chepkwony said the infrastructure which they have already started laying out will transform the university's operations.

"This will be the premier university in Kenya to have such a broadband network." said Chepkwony. "Ivy League universities in the US, have all embraced this technology. We are committed to take the university to the next level."

Chepkwony said 19 stations will be put up at the University to boost the Wi-Fi connection and make the internet accessible everywhere within the college.

Chepkoilel principal Elijah Biamah said the college will go paperless as and this will help reduce the costs on teaching materials. He also said they will employ video-conference technology during lectures as well as accessing journals, lectures and notes from benchmark Universities in the world.

"Teaching and research materials are plenty on the internet and this will also improve the quality of research."Biamah said. He added that they will partner with banks to provide students with computers at affordable cost where they can repay at a certain rate.

"Apart from the benches we will be setting where computers will be installed, we will also arrange with banks to provide students with computers."Biamah said.

The net will serve about 11,000 students and staff at the institution with its environs set to benefit from the connection. "This is a village which will be transformed as many cybercafés will be set up outside the university.ICT is the driver of change and this will also make the University very competitive."Chepkwony said.

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