New Fully Funded Masters Programme in Information Technology (M.IT)
This funding from Carnegie enables the Department to offer a fully funded specialised two year coursework degree at Masters level in Information Technology as from January 2011, in cooperation with the other departments within the School of Information Technology and local and international partners. The project will empower the next generation librarians and faculty of Library and Information Science Schools from Africa to support the next generation academics and researchers.
Why is this programme relevant?
Modern information and communication technologies (ICTs) develop at a very fast rate. This is happening at the level of hardware, software and networks. Africa, and specifically Sub-Saharan Africa, has to a large extent been excluded from this revolution, with some notable exceptions. This is evident from many international surveys which report about the lack of sophisticated computers, lack of connectivity, lack of skills etc., and the resultant lack of access to the latest research information.
Technology alone will not make the required difference – skills are needed to empower workers to use the technology effectively and optimally. This is especially true in libraries, both at the technology and the skills level – information professionals need the technology and the skills to support the next generation of researchers and academics in Africa. This therefore requires a well-managed infrastructure and knowledge of information resources that are available. However, it also requires knowledge of the latest software that can improve productivity and an understanding of the impact of the technology on the working environment.
This programme therefore aims at making a difference at the knowledge and skills level of academic librarians and faculty in Library and Information Science (LIS) schools in Sub-Saharan Africa. By aiming the programme at practicing librarians the programme hopes to make an immediate difference in the optimal use of the technology in libraries, thereby also empowering them to support the next generation of academics and researchers in Africa more effectively and efficiently in their research endeavors.
Please see the following links for more information;
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