Strathmore University has partnered with Amazon Web Services to launch remote learning

Strathmore University has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in an effort to bring their high-quality education and resources online.

With a campus of 8,000 students and 1,500 employees who now require a 24/7 teaching experience, Strathmore University needed a flexible and scalable IT infrastructure. The on-premises hardware running the learning engine was aging and unable to keep up with demand, and system availability became a real concern.

Stephen Momanyi, Director of ICT Services at Strathmore University said: “Over the past year, online education has become a priority for us. Like everyone else, our digital transformation journey has been accelerated by the pandemic. Although we started our conversation with Amazon Web Services in 2019, it’s only been in the last two years that we’ve really understood the need to accelerate this process. We had to evolve, and evolve quickly, but we had to be careful not to disrupt the education process in this migration. With the help of the right cloud solution, education has become truly borderless. Strathmore University has already noticed an increase in the number of international students. We’ve been ready for this evolution for a while, it just took the right cloud partner to guide us on this journey.

According to Momanyi, “Scaling the IT infrastructure supporting our LMS as needed was not an economically viable option with an on-premises setup, but now the cloud really makes it possible. . Operating in a cloud environment now means that the university no longer has to worry about hardware maintenance and can scale easily in an instant.

Mr. Robin Njiru, Regional Manager, West, East and Central Africa, Amazon Web Services, added: “The pandemic has significantly delayed learning in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the adoption of technology in educational institutions has been slow. Once the pandemic hit and learning was disrupted, we saw conversations with educators shift from discussing the possibilities of technologies in education to how technology could be harnessed immediately to reverse the effects. harmful. Strathmore University was the first educational institution in Kenya to adopt and deploy workloads on the AWS cloud. We are very happy to see that our services have not only enabled them to switch to e-learning, but also to expand their services beyond Kenyan borders. We invite more educational institutions, whether K-12, high school, or college, to collaborate with AWS and experience flexible and affordable technology solutions.

The advent of cloud technology has transformed the capabilities of every industry. After the world was significantly disrupted by an unforeseen pandemic, this transformation was keenly felt in education, where a long-term disruption could have negatively impacted an entire generation of students. The cloud has transformed teaching and learning as we know it, accelerating education from school to college and beyond.

“We couldn’t have done this without the help and support of the AWS team who understand the nuances of this process in a way we never could. They have been an invaluable partner as we venture into uncharted territory. Considering this is the future of education, we hope all of our industry colleagues will forge a similar relationship as they evolve their offerings,” says Momanyi.

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