The Information and Communication Resource Centre (ICTREC) coordinates all Information and Communication Technology (ICT) related activities on Campus. It evolved from the then Computer Centre to ICTREC in 2007 to capture the wider landscape of Information and Communication Technology that Computer Technology had evolved into in the modern Information age. ICTREC is a professional service centre whose impact cuts across every segment of the University community. The Centre is an interdisciplinary organ of the University to support teaching, learning, research, instruction, networking and outreach within Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) and beyond. The Centre seeks to leverage and integrate diverse ICT activities throughout the university to facilitate interdisciplinary College interaction relating to Computer issues, treats, and opportunities. Additionally, the Centre helps to manage, focus and coordinate Information systems and service ICT project developments throughout the wider community.
The vision of the Information and Communication Technology Resource Centre (ICTREC) is to advance FUNAAB’s evolution into a leading world-class University by deploying, managing and supporting optimal utilisation of ICT solutions and services in enhancing administrative procedures/processes, supporting learning and improving delivery of the FUNAAB’s teaching, research and extension mandate.
a) Dissemination of good practices in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) innovations to scale up successful computing activities
b) Discharge appropriate staff and students development through ICT training in order to ensure progress at institutional level
c) Support research and development in learning objects with respect to ICT
d) Promoting and relating interactions between ICT vendors and the Institution
e) Developing ICT solutions and facilitating use of open soft solutions that can enhance the delivery of the core mandates of the University.
f) Providing multimedia coverage for learning, teaching, research and other general uses.
g) Delivering enhanced career-oriented training with a strong international flavour and contents through international certification training for staff, students and the public,
h) Offering ICT training facilities beyond the Campus that will extend the catchment-area and relevance of the University mandate to school drop-outs at every level so that they can be brought into training schemes for meaningful employment and discouraged from all sorts of crimes, particularly cyber-crimes.
The Centre is divided into six (6) units:
- Network Administration and Internet Services Unit OR Network/Internet Administration Unit
- Installation, configuration and maintenance of networking devices and servers on the University Network.
- Monitoring and maintenance of the University’s Internet backbone (uplink/ISP) for optimal performance of services on network connection.
- Extending the coverage of the University Network.
- Design, implementation, monitoring and maintenance of Local Area Network (LAN) for e-examination (CBT), computer laboratories and offices.
- Creating user access and administering users’ accounts on the university network.
- Monitoring of all servers connected to the network and protecting them from external attack.
- Responsible for the integrity, maintenance and efficiency of the Campus Network.
- Providing internet access to the University community and to the immediate community of the University
- Management Information System Unit
- Managing of students and staff records, supply of information to Management and other authorized users in desired formats.
- Administration Online Student Registration
- Production of ID cards.
- Working with Time-Table Committee (TIMTEC) to produce examination and lecture time tables.
- Administration of e-Examinations.
- Responsible for acquisition and management of virtual libraries, electronic books, teaching and learning aids, virtual laboratories and lecture materials, and making them available to staff and students on the intranet
- Project Development Unit
- Developing software applications to automate administrative procedures and processes.
- Analysing existing systems and generating functional and non-functional requirements.
- Deploying, maintaining and supporting software applications.
- Setting up, configuring and administering the University’s applications and database servers.
- Administering and supporting third party solution e.g. Google Apps for Education.
- Training and Help Desk Unit
- Organizing computer training programmes for staff and students.
- Maintaining the computer training rooms
- Coordinating compilation and editing of Training books and slides.
- Open Users and Commercial Unit:
- Providing direct computer access to staff and students at appropriate charge per time unit.
- Managing computer laboratories and provide access for students’ lectures, practical and computer-based tests/examinations.
- Providing ICT support for Post-graduate student’s research.
- Providing commercial services to the University Community in the area of Online Registration for Post-graduate, under-graduate and prospective students.
- Provide information and/or assistance to ICT end users on hardware and software issues.
- Hardware Maintenance and Multimedia Unit
- Providing technical Repairs and maintenance of computer systems in various laboratories and offices, Departments and Colleges.
- Deploying multimedia systems for seminars, conferences and workshops, lectures, and thesis defence on request.
- Configuration of servers for deployment of operating systems, printers, scanners and other external components of a computer.
- Training of SIWES students on computer engineering, repairs, maintenance and troubleshooting etc.