In addition to the three campuses in Abuja, Lagos and Kano, DBI is developing a virtual campus based on an open and distance learning system. This will be accomplished through the establishment of a robust broadband electronic network to connect all three campuses for effective distance learning. It will include a portal and software platform to support the following:
- Multi – location distance learning
- Multi – location video conferencing and meetings
The network will enable the three DBI campuses to be connected to other distant communities of learning, perhaps with MMU. Distance education is at the core of 21st century human resource capacity development agenda. The electronic network will be equipped with full interactive distance learning facilities, which will allow for full, video, audio and data interaction between students and candidates at the institute and lecturers at other educational institutions or communities of learning local and worldwide. It is expected that the institute will link up with institutions such as the Africa Virtual University, the ITU Centres of Excellence and UN ICT University, among others.
DBI is developing a Technology Park that will serve as a catalyst for appropriate Information technology promotion and adoption in Nigeria and the region.
1. Centre for Software Incubation and Development
DBI has initiated the establishment of a centre for Software Incubation and Development (CSID) which will help satisfy the huge software demand in Nigeria and other parts of Africa. The centre will be the hub for projects in software engineering and applications and would link such projects and activities to real world, private and public sector interests. It will focus on enhancing the capabilities of the top existing Nigerian software companies with the goal of launching Nigeria into the largest software exporting and outsourcing country in Africa. The Center will develop open source software applications in partnership with the private sector.
2. ICT Research Center
DBI is also developing an ICT Research Center that will be engaged in research on a broad range of ICT issues. A major focus of the centre will be research on Cybercrime and Cyber security. Additional activity will include development, refinement and Data collection of ICT indicators, research on policy reform, inquiries into applications of new technologies using innovative processes in rural areas and other ICT research activities.
3. Center for Electronic Media Research
DBI will establish a Center for Media Research which will research policy and content issues of electronic media including the exploding Nigerian Film Industry (Nollywood). This centre shall serve as hub for the systematic study of technical, policy and management issues related to the various electronic media.