University of Kigali and BAOBAB, an E-books services provider outlet, Tuesday October 3, 2017, signed a Memorandum of Understanding giving UoK Staff and students access to Electronic Books from various world famous publishers.
Baobab e-books service providers, is an established company in Rwanda that collaborates with Institutions of learning in the provision of electronic versions of books delivered by the service provider through the baobab platform.
The signing ceremony took place in the Board Room of the Vice Chancellor’s office at the University’s main Campus in Kacyiru, Kigali with Prof. Danson MUSYOKI Kimeu, Ag. Vice Chancellor and Ms NIYIGENA Marie Ange, the University Librarian signing on behalf of University of Kigali and Mr. Arthur Barigye MUGUNGA signing on behalf of his Institution.
From left to right: Mr. Gregoire PILLER, Director of University Relations and Partnerships, Prof. Murty KOPPARTHI, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Prof. Danson MUSYOKI, Ag Vice Chancellor, Mr. Arthur Barigye MUGUNGA, representative of BAOBAB E-books Services Co. , Ms NIYIGENA Ange , the University Librarian and extreme right; Dr Lydia EMURON, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and School of Post Graduate Studies at the signing ceremony.
The main purpose of the agreement is to provide a framework for a continued cooperative partnership between the two Institutions aimed at providing students and staff with web based access and downloads to licensed devices carrying appropriate DRM software. In addition, authorized users shall be granted access to the licensed materials through licensee’s defined IP addresses or alternative secured authentication system.
Speaking at the function, the Ag. Vice Chancellor, Prof. Danson MUSYOKI thanked BAOBAB E-Books Services Company for this mutual partnership that would lead to further development of the two institutions. He pointed out that this agreement will pave way in assisting the University in strengthening its E-Library services to students and staff.
‘’Despite the University being a young Institution in the country, we need to acquire modern academic infrastructure for our students. Such partnership is important for us to link the university with reknown world publishers. In addition we expect to get over 250,000 e-books that come as an addition to the already existing collection in our fast growing library,” said the Kenyan Professor.
The BAOBAB Representative in Rwanda, Mr. Arthur Barigye MUGUNGA, thanked University of Kigali for this initiative of building cooperation between the two Institutions. He said that his organization was ready to offer free electronic content that will assist the students and staff to upgrade their knowledge. He added that BAOBAB is to provide a wide scope of e-books covering various subjects that would help students acquire knowledge that would make them professionals in society.
‘’ Besides providing the books, we shall also train your Library staff, avail you with training manuals and ensure that you can access information materials through Internet, You Tube and also make publications from your Lecturers and students easily accessible online,” said MUGUNGA, an expert in Books provision and management industry.
UoK is one of the fastest growing higher institutions of learning in Rwanda. The University is currently building strong relations, not only with locally based Institutions but also with other International Institutions with the aim of promoting cooperation in areas of academic development, training and research.
From Left: Ag. UoK Vice Chancellor, Prof. Danson MUSYOKI Kimeu, Mr. Arthur MUGUNGA, BAOBAB representative, Ms NIYIGENA Marie Ange, University Librarian and extreme right, Dr. Lydia EMURON, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and School of Post Graduate studies at the signing ceremony in Kacyiru-Kigali.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by senior University Officials including; the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Prof. Murty KOPPARTHI, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and School of Post Graduate, Dr. Lydia EMURON, the Director of Quality Assurance, Prof. HUSEYIN DEMIR, the Director of University Relations and Partnerships, Mr. Gregoire PILLER and the Director of Communications and Public Relations, Mr. KAMURU Charles.