University of Dar Es Salaam ICT Policy

University of Dar Es Salaam ICT Policy

UDSM ICT Policy

PREFACE

In Today’s world, ICT plays an increasingly important role in facilitating the attaining of institution’s mission and vision. Consequently, the formulation of UDSM’s ICT policy is absolutely imperative. The scope of this policy focused on

the establishment of the general office applications, administrative information systems, ICT mediated teaching and learning information systems, and The University-wide communication infrastructure. The information system areas taken into account included the financial management, academic register, library, and ICT mediated teaching. The University-wide communication infrastructure included Internet gateway, the fibre optic campus backbone network for connecting all buildings; the Local Area Networks [LAN] in all relevant buildings.

The current formulation of the UDSM ICT Policy is built on the fact that since September 2005 The University has been operating without a formal ICT Policy. Since then, The University has developed and implemented an ICT Infrastructure and Information Systems in line with the National policy context including among others the National Development Vision 2025, PRSP, Millennium development goals, Science and Technology Sub-Master Plan and the National Information and Communications Technologies Policy. The main rationale of this formulation of the ICT policy is, therefore, to promote more focused and effective management, control and maintenance (MCM) as well as the development and strategic application of ICT resources at The University.

It is expected that The University community will observe the policy provisions for enhanced application and management of ICT infrastructure and facilities and ensure appropriate and optimal ICT applications in The University core functions. The Policy shall guide establishment of sustainable, efficient, user-friendly, secure operations and the deployment of anticipated ICT services and resources.

Table of Contents

PREFACE......... ………………………………………………………………………………………………II

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.......………………………………………………………………………………III

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONONYMS........ ……………………………………………………V

GLOSSARY TERMS ..... ……………………………………………………………………………………..VI

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY .....……………………………………………………………………………VIII

CHAPTER ONE………………………………………………………………………………………………….1

INTRODUCTION…………………………………………………………………………….………………….1

1.HISTORICAL BACKGROUND……………………………………………………………………………….1