Strathmore University and Safaricom in Internet Connectivity Deal for Students’ Online Learning
Strathmore University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Safaricom Ltd. in a deal to provide internet connectivity to its students, teaching and administrative staff. The partnership entails a customized Safaricom package for the University’s needs at an affordable rate of Kes. 500 for a monthly 10GB internet bundles to access Strathmore designated e-learning sites and online classes. The innovative package deal will see Safaricom detect the IT protocols of each user and allow usage at already pre-determined websites and platforms restricting students to strathmore.edu domains.
The COVID -19 pandemic global reality has continued to have an unprecedented impact on many organisations among them schools and institutions of higher learning. Following the Government’s directive to close all tertiary institutions for the safety and well-being of large populations by Friday, 20th March 2020, universities have had to relook at their infrastructural and technological capabilities and to adapt alternative platforms for continued engagement with students.
Commenting on the partnership opportunity, Strathmore’s Vice Chancellor Designate Dr. Vincent Ogutu mentioned, “The coronavirus reality has necessitated innovation and flexibility not only for mobile data providers like Safaricom, but also our students, teaching and administrative staff. We are grateful that Safaricom has come onboard to facilitate university students’ learning at this time, minimizing negative impact to students’ education and their future. The completion of the on-going semesters and commencement of new ones seamlessly through the utilization of our e-learning platform and online class sessions is guaranteed with this deal.”
While the initial project is projected to benefit at least six thousand from the Strathmore University community, the project could see a roll-out to all public and private universities in the country.