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News   Hazviperi Mbizi   June 17, 2021
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Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS) ICT specialists attended a Malawi Research and Education Network (MAREN) workshop whose aim was to be imparted with knowledge on the introduction of MAREN's new service called Education Roaming (EDUROAM).

EDUROAM is an international secure world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community. It allows students, researchers and staff to access free Internet connectivity across campus and when visiting other participating institutions.

According to MAREN’S Chief Executive Officer Solomon Dindi, this is one of the value-added services which is in support of teaching, learning as well as the mobility of scholars.

“For example, scholars from MUBAS travelling around the country and beyond to either present academic papers or conduct research, if they happen to be at an institution where EDUROAM is supported, they can connect to WIFI using credentials from their home institutions,” Dindi said.

One of the participants, Patrick Kalamula explained that apart from providing researchers, teachers, and students network access when visiting an institution other than their own, authentication of users is performed by their home institution. Users do not have to pay for using EDUROAM service.

MAREN CEO added that MAREN is ready to roll out the service that is why they conducted the training so that institutions and their ICT members of staff should also be in a position to deploy it at their campuses. Once deployed at campus level MAREN’s role will be to register such institutions in its systems to allow for roaming.

MUBAS conducts international conferences like PhD Defences for its students, this service will enable participants across the globe to attend the function effectively virtually without network glitches.

 


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