IBM AND KIGALI INDEPENDENT UNIVERSITY ULK SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING, March 6, 2015
One of ULK’s secrets towards success and quality education is partnership. No wonder that English people say that no man is an island! In this respect, Mr. Nicolas Nesbitt, IBM General Manager signed an MoU with Vice Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, Dr. Sekibibi Ezechiel on March 6, 2015, to introduce IBM technology on Kigali Campus.
IBM, a USA based organization with different branches all over the world, is dedicated to basic and applied research both in the United and abroad and it has strong reputation for successful advanced technology.
The aim of this MoU is that both organizations share an appreciation for the value of an advanced educational and training environment in Kigali Independent University ULK, utilizing leading edge, advancing computing technologies.
Before signing the MoU, IBM Representatives accompanied by ULK officials visited infrastructures and all facilities available at Kigali Independent University ULK and testified how far the university has gone in terms of facilities which enable the university to provide quality education to students.
Thereafter, they met the Founder and President of Kigali Independent University ULK, Prof. Dr Rwigamba Balinda and discussed the implementation of IBM technology at Kigali Independent University ULK and explained the package of IBM technologies due to be implemented and also discussed the way forward. The package includes infrastructures, IT facilities and trainings on IBM programs to lecturers first and in turn will train students and issuing internationally recognized certificates.
After signing MoU, Mr Andrea Emiliani with IBM team met students to introduce IBM technology; the session in which they were introduced by Dr. Sekibibi Ezechiel, Vice Chancellor of ULK who also requested students to take advantage of the presentation.
Mr. Emiliani explained IBM programs and their benefits to the audience made by ULK officials, Deans of Schools, Heads of departments, lectures and students. He said that thanks to IBM many innovations happened to change the way people live. Therefore students were asked to acquire those skills enabling them to contribute to their career.
Other IBM representatives expressed their commitment to support students through IBM courses who in turn will shape their future which is a reality not a dream. These skills will help them solve problems of Rwanda.
After the presentation the audience was given a flow to ask questions to which the presenter responded in a satisfactory manner.
The session was closed with remarks made by Vice Chancellor who reminded students that missing such golden opportunities entails lagging behind as far as development is concerned. In addition, he said that the MoU which was signed will be implemented very soon and he promised a smooth collaboration between both organizations. After his remarks, he said a word of prayer the session came to an end.