The Research and Education Network for Uganda (RENU) on Monday 04th April 2022 donated ICT equipment worth Shs300m to Kyambogo University. The equipment that was donated includes; Cisco ASA 5585-X SSP-40 router, arista DCS-7050S-52 switches (2 units), juniper SRX300-SYB-JB routers/firewall (2 units), Cisco 3750 X series- 48 port switches (2 units) and Cisco 3750 X series- 24 port switches (2 units).
While speaking at the hand-over event held at Kyambogo University council room, Prof. Eli Katunguka, the Vice-Chancellor thanked RENU for supporting and improving education and research in Uganda through ICT. He noted that this network equipment will improve network infrastructure and systems in the University. He said that because of the increasing number of students, the University now runs on ICT systems like Financial Management, and e-learning, among others. “It is one of the University Council’s priorities over the next five years to focus on building and strengthening the ICT capacity and e-services of the university.
Dr. John Okuonzi, the Director of ICT services said the university has been facing challenges of cyber-attack and costly bandwidth. He added that “this equipment will help to identify who is accessing Wi-Fi and block those who aren’t students from tapping into it. It is also going to strengthen our network in that if a student is trying to access harmful information such as pornography, we shall be able to block the site,”. “As student numbers increase, the internet speed is slow because of the traffic on the network. Therefore, with this equipment, we shall increase the bandwidth and in turn, have faster Internet speed.
Mr. Masiga Brian, Senior Network Engineer at RENU who handed over the equipment to the university, said this is one of the steps towards boosting education and research in Uganda.
“We believe with the stewardship of the Kyambogo ICT team, the students will use the equipment for education and research, beyond what is being taught in classrooms. The end goal is to improve education and research in Uganda,” Mr. Masiga added.