A two day workshop on research at BTech level has concluded in a positive light after students rendered the auditorium fully packed at the Ibika site, Butterworth Campus.


The conference, organised by the campus based Library and Information Services alongside the Centre for Learning, Teaching Development (CLTD) office, was an initiative that was thought after a question on how can the campus develop its research output and understanding was raised.


The results of this was the Ibika Library Services department partnering with the CLTD to facilitate knowledge on research from BTech heading to first year level.


“The purpose of the research was to help post graduate students with how to write research proposals, to promote academic excellence and enhance the quality of research knowledge and to also encourage students to use WSU E-resources as a means of academic research” said Ibika Campus Librarian Chuma Pakade.


The Ibika Campus has witnessed many strides in the furthering the teaching and learning of students through works at the library and CLTD. The library has seen massive improvements with its first of its kind library centre that learning spaces for all courses, computer laboratories throughout the campus and also Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) programmes that works with students in the development of their academics.


“As a campus, we are trying to bring understanding and insight to our students about important research methods and also adding more to the knowledge given in class ” said CLTD PAL coordinator Sandiso Mbongo.


The two day workshop began with postgrads studying towards Management, Public Relations, Human Resources whilst the second day was for the department of Accounting due to its huge numbers. The CLTD saw the downwards flow of research knowledge as the most suitable for the students of WSU as those at the BTech level will have much influence on the way of life in the community around them, which will foster a sense of change.


Pakade concluded saying that exceptional progress has been made by the CLTD and Library Services at the Butterworth campus and the results need no analysis but just a simple look at students walking around campus, they somehow express a certain hunger for more knowledge and the will to be of assistance to one another.


By: Simo Cele

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