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Medical students get Ipads for research in Rwanda


01 November 2012

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These gadgets are being donated to enhance education and information sharing between the medical students and lecturers.

The US-based Tulane University on Tuesday donated 97 iPad tablet computers to medical students of the National University of Rwanda (NUR).

The iPads, which cost over $37 000 (over Rwf 22 million), were donated under the Tablets for Medical Education (T4ME) programme which seeks to improve the use of technology among medical students and practitioners. The computers were handed over by the Rwanda Office of Tulane.

The gadgets are expected to enhance education and information sharing between the medical students and lecturers.

According to Prof Patrick Kyamanywa, the dean of the Faculty of Medicine, the gadgets are a boon to future medical practitioners.

He told The New Times that the iPads will take students outside the classroom setting to search for information not provided in class.

"What we are targeting is to ensure that students are able to read beyond what the lecturer gives them, especially because medical knowledge broadens every day," Kyamanywa said.

"It is like you give them [students] the skeleton and they build the muscles and the body around that because there is a lot [to learn outside what the lecturer gives]," Kyamanywa explained.

Kyamanywa noted that through this, students are likely to improve their knowledge and performance.

"We expect students to be able to answer and discuss more problems in the field of medicine," he said, emphasising that the tablets have been loaded with books and other resources, including applications, which relate to their field of study.

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SOURCE: AllAfrica

 
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