INNOVATION CENTRE TO EDIFY STUDENTS
By: Nomvula Ndlovu
To improve students’ interactivity with the latest technology, the Durban University of Technology, in partnership with Lenovo, launched it’s walk-in DUT/Lenovo Innovation centre on Wednesday.
The centre, which is part the institutions strategic online learning plan, is aimed at sharpening the technology skills of the DUT community.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Ahmed Bawa, applauded the centre and believes that the partnership with Lenovo is valuable.
“This is a really interesting partnership with Lenovo- it’s an opportunity for the University to have in its library all the latest devices that Lenovo has to offer. As new devices are released, Lenovo will provide them for us,” said Bawa
He added, “This is a platform for students and the staff to play and experiment with the devices. It is a facility for members of the DUT community to access internet. It is one of the ways to show that the institution is improving and adapting to new technology.”
The centre is filled with latest gadgets by Lenovo. The gadgets allow students to browse the internet and experience first-hand the latest innovations by Lenovo.
“One of our strategies as Lenovo is to educate. It is important for us to bridge the gap for the learners because the world is changing. Our aim is to develop our future leaders and keep them in touch with all the transformations in technology,” said Lenovo Relationship Segment Leader, Mahomed Ramathulla.
The students were given the opportunity to test the equipment and share their views with the Lenovo representatives.
Information Technology student Eddy Jeke expressed his enthusiasm about the centre.
“I think that this is a very innovative initiative because one cannot achieve anything without networking. This opportunity will allow us as students to be up to speed with technology,” he said.