MIT PARTICIPANTS POSE FOR A GROUP PHOTO
By: Jacky Achan & Prossy Tulinomubezi
Over 20 Librarians from select countries across Africa undertaking a Masters in Information Technology (MIT) have completed a two weeks research study at Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS).
Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello- Obura, the College Principal says the study is as result of a collaboration between Makerere University East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS), University of Pretoria and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee under the Master of Information Technology (MIT) Carnegie-supported programme.
“This training has boosted the knowledge base of the students who had to interact with professors from Makerere University and their supervisors from the University of Pretoria. We value and will continue the collaboration,” he said.
The MIT programme designed to expose students to the latest technologies applied in teaching, research and information management is run online with scheduled sessions for face-to-face lectures at the University of Pretoria, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA) University of Illinois and EASLIS.
Professor in Information science and Head of Department at the University of Pretoria in South Africa Theo Bothma says research and presentations made by the students during the trip to Makerere University is both academically and socially worthwhile in terms of networking.
DR MARLENE HOLMNER
Dr Marlene Holmner a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Science at University of Pretoria South Africa and MIT as well as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course Coordinator says they currently have five intakes with one intake to go. “We have guided them on how to go about their research, the methodology and data collection tools to enable them finalize their dissertation,” she said.
Students were drawn from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania and Uganda.
The MIT Masters aims to build capacity within sub-Saharan African countries to empower the next generation of library and information professionals with knowledge and skills to apply modern information communication and technology (ICT), in order to support academics and research in Africa
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