The world leading publication, Elsevier will soon partner with the University of Nairobi to increase its publications and research outputs.
This was revealed when Elsevier Chairman, Mr. Youngsuk Y. S. Chi visited the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi in his office on August, 19, 2016.
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services.
The Elsevier Chairman revealed that as Elsevier, they have invested heavily in big data to help research managers to know what their competitors are doing. The same data helps universities determine their strong areas and in knowing which other universities they should consider collaborating with. Working with data has helped Elsevier learn quickly from their failures.
Speaking during the meeting, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi noted that the University has prioritised the use of technology to navigate the future of the University. He urged Elsevier to customize their products to suit the needs of the African continent noting that most universities have budget constraints.
On her part, Prof. Lucy Irungu, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, noted the University of Nairobi have subscribed to Elsevier e-books and the e-library to help researcher s in their endeavours. She added that together with other local universities, they will pull together the financial resources to have full access to Elsevier academic resources; book and databases.
Going forward, it was proposed that a committees will be formed comprising of the Senate and Deans as Elsevier reviews their rates with an option of a national licence for Kenyan Universities to access their product offerings.
Present during the meeting were; Mr. Ibrahim Otieno, Director, ICT and Mrs. Agatha Njeri Kabugu, Deputy Director, Library and Mr. John Orindi, Director, Corporate Affairs.