WiderNet Project Receives $42,000 Software Donation from LearnKey to Assist African Universities

Release: December 10, 2001


IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa’s WiderNet Project recently announced a software contribution from LearnKey, Inc. to support the University of Iowa in linking Nigerian and Iowan universities via computers and the Internet. The software donated by LearnKey will make it possible to give decision-makers in Nigerian universities the network training they need.

LearnKey donated $42,000 worth of their Network + Certification Series training software to the WiderNet Project for distribution to each partner university in Nigeria.  This software will teach those at Nigerian universities the crucial skills they need to build and maintain efficient networks. During the next few years the WiderNet Project will send trainers to Nigeria to coach faculty and students on computers, networking, and the Internet.

The WiderNet Project aims to improve digital communication in developing countries. This includes training computer technicians, coaching decision-makers of Nigerian universities, increasing bandwidth, establishing university intranets, donating computers and computer equipment, and distributing library materials on CD-ROM.

More information about the WiderNet Project can be found at their Web site www.widernet.org.  WiderNet is currently collecting used computer and network equipment for use in Nigerian universities. For information on how to make donations, visit the Web site, or contact WiderNet at (319) 335-2200.  More information about LearnKey can be found at their Web site www.learnkey.com.

The WiderNet Project is part of University of Iowa International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree and academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and training.

The WiderNet Project is funded by the University of Iowa, the MacArthur Foundation, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Nigerian National Universities Commission.

About LearnKey, Inc.

From headquarters in St. George, Utah, LearnKey, Inc. provides e-learning technology, online learning solutions and self-paced training courses to enterprise and individual clients. Available course titles include information technology (IT) skills training for technical certification candidates and software developers, as well as business and interpersonal skills courses for computer users, human resource professionals and sales and customer service representatives. LearnKey has been a recognized world leader in the e-learning industry since 1987, and continues to add courses to the largest library of streaming media training content available.

LearnKey customers include some of the biggest names in business as well as governments and educational institutions, including: 3M, Dell Computer, Coca-Cola, Citibank, American Express, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Harvard Law School, Yale University, UCLA and the U.S. Education, Justice and Defense departments. The company maintains partnerships or strategic business alliances with industry leaders including America Online, Real Networks, Toshiba and Harris Technologies.

LearnKey courses make self-paced training come to life with full-motion video, challenging exercises, and real-world insight from recognized and respected IT professionals. The company’s proven e-learning methods combine innovative technology and in-depth instruction with the feel of a classroom experience.

For more information, contact:
Courtney Caviness
Communications and Publicity Assistant
The WiderNet Project
(319) 335-2200