Spanish universities stand the test for ITby Sara Bazzano - 2014.04.07
Spanish universities have managed to restructure and balance their ICT investments a commendable way, although a worrying trend is seen in the reduction of IT investments (at the same levels of 2006). According to the report UNIVERSITIC of 2013, that assesses the current state of ICT in the Spanish university system, it is possible to see that the budget for IT decreased, in fact, by 2% in 2013. Anyway, despite the obvious economic difficulties passing through the country and the Spanish universities, it is noteworthy that the main ICT indicators are still more than acceptable. In fact, positive data concern the fact that: 1) two out of three university classrooms are currently equipped with projectors 2) 95% of university students use the virtual platform to access the content studied in class and for their personal mail 3) the web service most widely used is the management of the library, supported by 92% of the institutions 4) the average annual wifi connections exceeds 6 million users, meaning that, compared to the previous report, it has increased significantly. Currently, more than half of universities have a strategic IT plan in line with the business strategy because, today, a university not adequately equipped with technological tools cannot match the needs of the education systems worldwide.
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