A unified center for tertiary education services has been introduced by the federal government with the goal of bringing together academics, teachers, and students.
higher Education Research, Applications and Services (TERAS), according to the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, is an information technology-based platform designed to reposition, reinforce, and restore faith in the nation’s higher education system.
The federal government would continue to give beneficiary institutions and the TETFund unflinching support to fully realize the potential of TERAS, the minister said on Tuesday in Abuja while unveiling the initiative launched by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).
“Investing in our children’s education is an investment in the future of our country. He noted that issues from the past, such as the interruptions brought on by COVID-19, as well as current financial issues in our industry, continue to dominate our thoughts.
“TERAS promises to bring educators, students, and the entire educational community incredible benefits that must be fully tapped into,” he stated.
The Tertiary Education Research, Applications and Services was intended to serve as the major center for tertiary education services, according to TETFund Executive Secretary Sonny Echono.
“TERAS has its roots in the trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic when our educational system came to a complete standstill,” he remarked. Although it had a significant effect, it also spurred action.
“TERAS is built to smoothly combine a variety of crucial parts. BIMS (Beneficiary Identity Management System) identity management comes first, then a federated academic repository to address major difficulties in accessing educational resources and research materials encountered by students, researchers, and institutions.
“There are also options like sponsored Mobile Internet Access and EagleScan for checking plagiarism. Our institutions, staff, and students have access to an aggregated journal and research subscription that includes EBSCO, the Blackboard learning management system, digital literacy (ICDL and Communication Skills), and intervention funding.
In a statement, Prof. Yakubu Ochefu, Secretary of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, described TERAS as similar to an educational technology mall.
He urged Nigerians who have technology in whatever form that might close gaps in the educational system and improve Nigeria’s edu-tech to come forward.
“I want to call the minister’s attention to the need to make sure that TERAS is accessible to all Nigerians as a research platform. It was constructed with public education as its foundation and ought to be accessible to all Nigerians.