The Pro-Vice President for Digital Transformation and Pedagogical Innovation of the Polytechnic of Beja, João Paulo Barros, highlights the benefits of the collaboration of this higher education institution with the FCCN Unit, highlighting the role of upgrading the connection to the national education and research network, under the RCTS100 project.

#1 What is the significance and impact of the activation of the Beja Polytechnic Institute (IPBeja) connection to the national 100 Gbps education and research network?

It is widely recognized that internet connection is an extremely important service for the functioning of today's society, becoming even more important in the context of higher education. The connection of IPBeja to the national education and research network at 100 Gbps is therefore extremely relevant at two levels: both contributing to the infrastructure of the national network and for a more effective and efficient pursuit of all its tasks as a public institution of education and research.

More specifically, a higher speed of internet access is an obvious asset for the activities of students and the entire academic community. Whether in teaching, research, or even in the management and administration of the institution, it will allow a better and faster access to the ever growing diversity of contents, namely texts, videos and audio, as well as a quantitative and qualitative increase of collaborative work inside and outside the institution. This is fundamental for distance education, a catalyst for new teaching-learning practices and a determining factor for research work, which depends on access to a maximum of content and communication between researchers.

#2 What is the importance and impact that the services and digital projects of the FCCN Unit have on the daily life of the IPBeja community?

The IPBeja has a long and fruitful collaboration with FCCN which has resulted in several important benefits for the institution. Firstly by providing quality access to the Internet. And secondly, by providing access to a set of services and software applications to the entire school community. This assumed special relevance during the recent pandemic, allowing greater quality in teaching practice and in all collaborative work, including research activities. We highlight the eduroam network, the Colibri/zoom service, the indexing of the IPBeja scientific repository and the access of students and teachers to publications in scientific publishers through the online knowledge library(b-on.pt).

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It is also important to emphasize the importance of an entity such as FCCN that offers, facilitates and promotes the creation, identification, updating and maintenance of a multiplicity of digital services for all higher education institutions, thus contributing to greater inter-institutional collaboration and a better quality of national education and research.

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