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News Details | 07-Dec-2012

NTU joins global education Wi-Fi network


Starting with NTU, local institutions can now adopt a roaming service that automatically connects travelling students to overseas institutions

Accessing the web will now be more convenient and cost-effective for some 40,000 Nanyang Technological University faculty, staff and students when they travel to overseas institutions. Under a global education roaming service called eduroam, they are able to connect to wireless networks in more than 5,000 locations, in hundreds of institutions worldwide – with their current usernames, at no cost.

NTU represents Singapore, which joins 58 territories across Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States in forming a secure, global Wi-Fi hotspot. The service was made possible by Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN). SingAREN’s key role is to ensure that Singapore’s research and education community is well-connected to the international research and education community.

Singapore became the first country in Southeast Asia to adopt eduroam after a successful pilot was launched here on 1 Dec 2012, co-ordinated by SingAREN and led by NTU. This paves the way for other local institutions to follow suit by adopting similar infrastructure to run the service.

Associate Professor Francis Lee, President of SingAREN, said: “As the world’s research and education community grows increasingly mobile, eduroam will make our campuses more global-friendly for overseas academic visitors, as they can immediately gain access to the wireless networks here. Likewise, NTU faculty, staff and students will experience the same convenience when they visit affiliated institutions worldwide.”

Pioneered in Europe in 2003, eduroam provides users with authenticated network access to the internet through a single Wi-Fi profile and set of credentials, with no need to register for guest accounts. Users can simply open their laptops or activate their mobile devices, and eduroam automatically authenticates them with their home institution and handles the authorisation process via the institution they are visiting.

“In this global age, the ability to traverse different socio-cultural terrains with ease is an asset for a young graduate. Currently 1 in 2 students at NTU has at least one overseas opportunity during the time spent at NTU, and this is being raised to 70 per cent of each cohort,” said Prof Freddy Boey, Provost of NTU.

“As a leading global university, NTU is proud to take the lead in the deployment of the eduroam service, which not only makes it convenient for the entire NTU community whilst overseas, but will also result in significant cost savings.”

Mr Brook Schofield, Secretary of the Global eduroam Governance Committee and Project Development Officer at Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association (TERENA), said: “eduroam celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, and what better way to commemorate it than welcoming new territories join the network. We look forward to future collaborations to extend the service within the research and education community in Asia.”

eduroam is used extensively by institutes of higher learning, research centres and libraries in more than 50 economies worldwide – these include Princeton University and Cornell University from the United States, Imperial College London from the United Kingdom, Hong Kong University in Hong Kong, and even the University of Tromsø, the world's northernmost university, located in Norway.


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Media contact:

Evelyn Choo
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 4714
Email: evelynchoo@ntu.edu.sg


Ong Bin Lay
Secretariat Executive
Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network
Email: ongbl@singaren.net.sg

 


About SingAREN

Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN) started as a national project funded by the government in 1997 to take on the challenge of ensuring that Singapore research and education (R&E) community is connected to the international R&E community. Being the national research and education network (REN), it has maintained network connectivity to the global Next Generation Internet (NGI) community such as Internet2, APAN (Asia Pacific Advanced Network) TEIN (Trans-Eurasia Information Network), and GLORIAD (Global Ring Network For Advanced Applications Development).

For more information, visit http://www.singaren.net.sg.


About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg.

 

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