State of the Art IT Infrastructure Installed at AU

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Friday, June 2, 2017

IT Infrastructure Installation a Success on the Africa University Campus

Nashville, TN – During four weeks in May, Africa University (AU) and General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) staff worked on a project to upgrade the technology infrastructure on the Africa University campus in Mutare, Zimbabwe.  In addition to celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2017, the campus received an upgrade of information technology hardware. 

Five GCFA staff members – Michael Dunn, Stephen Pace, Dale Owens, Shannon Lavrin and Derek Preston worked on the project. The installation work was carried out by teams from Africa University, and GCFA and a team of local workers coordinated by campus personnel. Working together with Richard Fotsin, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Director at AU, the team installed all the infrastructure needed.

Vice Chancellor Professor Munashe Furusa of Africa University said, “The Africa University community would like to share its heartfelt gratitude for the amazing work accomplished through the Gate2Cross Project geared to enable a more impactful learning and research experience for the AU community. We are excited to say that we have seen great changes in the functioning of the ICT systems on campus.”

This project, initiated with a conversation between Vice Chancellor Furusa and General Secretary Moses Kumar during the 2016 General Conference, provides the opportunity for AU to continue its path of being the premier university in the area. Support of AU comes from the AU apportioned fund, and generous donations from individuals, conferences and churches.

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The General Council on Finance and Administration coordinates and administers financial resources, safeguards the legal interests and rights of the Church, and provides administrative resources to enable the fulfillment of the mission of The United Methodist Church.
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Africa University is a ministry of The United Methodist Church and was built to nurture principled global leaders and transform communities. Established by action of the General Conference, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs in three colleges: Business, Peace, Leadership and Governance; Health, Agriculture and Natural Sciences; and Social Sciences, Theology, Humanities and Education, from its main campus in Zimbabwe.

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