Technological Integration

Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo strives to deliver technologically sophisticated but contextually appropriate learning tools to its student body. At present, Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo provides the only full-time internet access available in Beni and throughout the surrounding vicinity.



As part of its Institute for Integrative Research, Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo has launched its Social Research Archive. The archive compiles interviews, focus group discussions, and oral histories from student research into a database of primary sources. Students conduct these interviews with community members, civil society representatives, traditional governing authorities and formal government officials under the guidance of their Introduction to Social Research course. With interviewee permission, the Social Research Archive houses primary source interviews in mp3 format and transcriptions in PDF format. Interviews capture perspectives from eastern Congo and span across all departments represented at UCBC. A selection of topics include:Comparative Informal and Formal Economies of North Kivu, Analyses of Industry-Specific Agriculture Production and Effects of Instability on Economic Deicion-Making. The database is currently available for student access.

Initiatives in Progress

Presently, Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo is operating under limited capacity given geographical and economic constraints of the immediate context. The following Technological Integration Initiatives are currently under progress:

Electronic Readers - In recognition of the cost and logistical challenges of developing a robust academic library on campus, UCBC aims to make electronic readers available to its student body. Electronic readers will provide students with the most up-to-date academic material.

Partnership with Aluka - Aluka is a digital library of scholarly resources from Africa. Affiliated with JSTOR, it houses primary source material from around the continent. In keeping with its emphasis on developing a critical academic community, UCBC is in the process partnering with Aluka in order to make its Social Research Archive more widely available throughout Africa.

For more information on Aluka visit www.aluka.org.