UBT Knowledge Center – “Make local knowledge visible”
UBT Knowledge Center is established in 2017, as one of the main pillar of UBT. The aim of the Knowledge Center is capturing data to produce information and create knowledge.
Knowledge Center consists of three essential parts:
UBT Knowledge Center furthers awareness and usage of existing knowledge by sharing and creation of more knowledge. Online ‘anytime, anyplace’ access to local and global knowledge collections enables UBT researchers to harvest the best ideas available from core academic publisher databases and a curated UBT digital repository.
This collaborative design approach anticipates continuing to convene multidisciplinary conversations and to integrate interdisciplinary coursework into realization of the UBT’s founding knowledge vision which recognizes the critical importance of developing new and more complex ways for connecting people, information, and technology in the university and with the society. In response, the UBT Knowledge Center aims to foster knowledge creation which curates and preserves intellectual, cultural, national, and regional resources for future generations.
“The most significant innovation enables the realization of far greater human potential. The catalyst of such creativity in higher education is the acquisition of new knowledge and the living of new experiences. Then, within innovation and incubation environments, new thinking enriches knowledge handed down from previous generations, enlivens contemporary lives and informs future growth”
In this spirit, the UBT aims to create an intentional campus learning ecosystem – a Knowledge Center comprised of systems, services, facilities and resources through reinventing and redesigning UBT Libraries. Anticipated outcomes recognize the synergistic potential of ensuring robust discovery and access to academic publisher content (through the university library) and local intellectual content (in an institutional repository). These innovations reflect worldwide transformation of academic libraries into full-service learning, research, and project spaces.
The Knowledge Center concept appreciates the social context of learning – that knowledge is acquired and understood through action, interaction, and sharing with others, oftentimes enabled by technology. This vision thereby aligns well with other UBT innovation and incubation initiatives, which recognize that ideas, people, and technology – in relationship and through connection – enliven thinking and inform growth that activates human potential and enriches social progress. Of special significance, inclusive and participatory co-design activities will initiate and sustain working relationships among UBT faculty, staff, and students that ensure steady progress from concept to design to implementation and transformation – which animates creativity and innovation, accelerates adoption and adaption, and amplifies experience and knowledge.