eduroam (education roaming) is the secure, world-wide roaming access service developed for the international research and education community.
eduroam allows faculty, staff, and students to use their home institution's wireless credentials to access wireless networks when visiting other eduroam participating institutions. eduroam eliminates the need for a guest account. This is one of the services offered by RENU and UCU was one of the first institutions on the RENUnet to benefit/use the service in Uganda and this was in 2013.
Once UCU joined the eduroam community, stuff, researchers and students access to services via the wireless network was made possible and easy accessible.
Joining the eduroam community was not easy, University ICT Services (UIS) had to make sure that some basic requirements were already in place. These included the possession of the following; a user database, an authentication server, and of-course a properly structured wireless network that supports authentication services.
These requirements were gradually achieved after which RENU accepted UCU to configure and use eduroam.
UCU has benefited from the eduroam service in the following ways;
- It’s able to provide a secure wireless connection to faculty students, staff/researchers and other wireless users.
- It’s been able to reduce the burden of wireless administration on support staff for example when most students from the United States under the USP program or any other institution with eduroam visit UCU, they are able to use their laptops, phones or any other mobile device to connect to the internet or their home network automatically through eduroam in less than 5 seconds.
The same eduroam service has been extended to UCU Kampala Campus, Bishop Barham University College (BBUC), UCU Arua Campus and UCU School of Medicine. This service will soon be rolled out to UCU Mbale Constituent College
Unfortunately, in Uganda there are only a handful of institutions that have deployed eduroam however in developed countries especially the Research and Education community it has been running since 2002.
There are now over 6,000 institutions that use eduroam in over 60 countries world-wide. For more details, where you can use/access eduroam simply visit the link below: -