The African Intellectual Database for Development and Excellence (AIDDE) a joint project between Regent University College of Science and Technology and Full Vision Technology of Canada, was launched on Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Regent Campus.
Present at the launch of the project were University management officials, staff, faculty, students, representatives from various private universities, as well as members of the Ghana Library Association and media representatives.
The AIDDE project is in line with the shared vision of the President of Regent University College and the leadership team of Full Vision Technology, to contribute towards the development of the African continent through technology-driven education.
The project seeks to bring faculty, students and industry together to share one common e-learning platform for the development and industrialisation of Africa. Through the digitalization and upload of academic textbooks published by authors from various African Universities onto one database technology platform, professors and students from across the African continent and beyond will access these educational materials to support teaching and learning. The platform would also make accessible academic publications from Canadian, US, and European Universities.
Delivering the keynote address during the launch, Professor N. N. N. Nsowah-Nuamah, the President of Regent, urged students at all educational levels to develop enquiring minds, read extensively and not limit themselves to lecture materials.
Prof. Nsowah-Nuamah further charged lecturers to encourage intellectual curiosity and “open up the treasure of knowledge to students”.
“Lecturers should demand from students not only the materials from their handouts/lecture notes but other ideas from other sources. The class assignment should be based on information students have gathered from other textbooks and contribution from them based on what they have gathered from all sources”, he stressed.
He expressed optimism that the AIDDE platform would help in making low cost, yet high quality academic books available anytime and anywhere to students. This he believed would help in enhancing teaching and learning and would help in producing graduates that are highly sought after.
Delivering a presentation on the AIDDE platform, Mr. Anthony Ardiabah, CEO of Final Vision Technology, a Canadian-based technology firm, and co-partner in the project, indicated that the platform currently had over two hundred and thirty thousand academic books and journals that can be used by professors and students for teaching and research work.
Mr. Ardiabah, who is also a faculty member at Regent, said that the AIDDE project was borne out of experiences he had when he visited universities across Africa. He said that access to relevant and affordable academic materials from authors across the continent was a challenge he observed in his interactions with researchers across the continent.
He encouraged students and graduates alike to use their knowledge to solve problems innovatively.
In a short address, the Chancellor of the University, Rev. Prof. E. K. Larbi, emphasized that Universities are to be a beacon of light in the midst of darkness. He further said that University communities must be centres where solutions to societal and developmental challenges are developed and championed.
He urged private universities across Ghana to foster collaborations that would help in achieving the mission of advancing the frontiers of knowledge, and positioning private tertiary institutions as preferred choice for University-level education.