Academics, Journalism — June 30, 2016 at 5:49 pm

ICDL inspires technology research with books donations

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The International Computer Driving License organization (ICDL) has further cemented its desire for deep technological research in Kenyan universities by donating books to the Zetech University library aimed at enhancing the study experience for students at the institution.

The books, presented by ICDL Director Eric Mutinda, included manuals for ICDL that fall into two categories: Base Module and Standard Module for ICDL that will serve as effectively learning tools for students taking the course and those interested in IT.

The library management shared that the donated materials will enable students to pursue deep research in computer studies and guide them develop compact projects which can guide future case studies. The books can be accessed at the University’s libraries at Thika Road Campus and Pioneer Campus located in the Nairobi Central Business District.

According to the university Chief Librarian Simon Macharia, the new addition is in line with the library vision of enriching lives through limitless resources and facilitation.  “As a university we are proud to be associated with ICDL. Indeed, these new books we anticipate will enrich our values of becoming a resourceful centre for the growth of academics and research in the nation”,  Macharia  also urged students to make proper use of books as the internet isn’t the only source of knowledge, “Books contain accurate information. They aren’t counterfeit, and sometimes some internet sources are.”

Macharia added that the institution’s library not only receives donations from organisations but also from individuals determined to increase the capacity of the library, including the university management, lecturers and students. Recently, the team accepted a donation from Kenya Anti-Corruption Authority (KACA).

Commenting on the development, the University Vice Chancellor Prof. Edwin Wamukoya was happy with the donation, noting that knowledge is essential and that the library is a key facility that should be properly utilised.  The VC viewed the donation as a development for the institution which would pave way for growth.

“This is a significant step for both institutions as it speaks to a strengthened relationship between two organisations, eager to empower young minds in the areas of knowledge and research. We value and appreciate the support extended by ICDL and encourage our trainees to make use of the additional materials.” Prof. Wamukoya noted.

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