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Principal's Message

 Welcome to the College of Computing and Information Science (CoCIS). I want to take this opportunity to thank CoCIS staff, faculty, and students for all you to do to keep our college moving forward to meet our strategic goals. Achieving academic success should be an intentional outcome of our research and educational activities.

CoCIS is the leading computing, library, and information science institution for ICT research and innovations in Africa. Novel research is conducted by our top notch faculty in five areas of excellence: 1) artificial intelligence and data science; 2) software systems; 3) networked systems and systems security; 4) impact of digital technology on records management in libraries, museums, and archives; and 5) learning, policy, and information-seeking behavior in health, agriculture, and finance.

As college principal, I am really impressed with the impeccable education programs our staff and faculty provide to our students and at-large community. We have very strong undergraduate programs running in our two schools (the School of Computing and Informatics Technology and East African School of Library and Information Science). We pride ourselves in offering three flagships undergraduate educational programs in Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Information Systems and Technology, and Bachelor of Library and Information Science. Our programs continue to attract exceptional talent. The top 10% of our students in the nation enroll into our flagship undergraduate programs.

CoCIS offers a wide range of courses at Bachelor, Masters, and PhD levels, including certificates in professional skill development courses. Our courses are designed to enable our students gain comprehensive practical, multidisciplinary skills, and undertake innovative research that meets the current demands of the society. As a college, we aspire to attain cutting-edge technology and specialized labs, coupled with highly-skilled and talented full-time staff that maximize their potential in teaching and research to equip our students with the most sought after professional skills, making them very competitive in the marketplace. The practicability of our courses positions our students to become leaders and entrepreneurs in various professions instead of being job-seekers.

An outstanding college vision was set by the founding academic fathers of CoCIS, we are truly inspired by their optimistic attitude and farsightedness. Now is the time to focus on realizing this vision and be a global leader, they wanted us to be, in Computing and Information Sciences Education, Research, and Services. Measurable, meaningful, and impactful scientific and social contributions will positively validate this vision. Our college students, staff, and faculty should be mindful and determined, and must be focused on delivering our mandate and accomplishing strategic goals.

The principal aim of our mandate is to conduct high-quality research and educate the next cadre of leaders, entrepreneurs, teachers, skilled labor force, digital innovators, wealth creators, and young scientists. CoCIS is at the frontier of pioneering transformative ICT sector research ideas and will actively engage in mutually beneficial partnerships with various academic and industrial partners to discover, create, integrate, and disseminate scientific knowledge. Our aim is to advance science and influence ICT policy.

This is a college that strives for optimal performance, as a result we are cultivating a strong culture of efficiency in delivering high-quality academic services. As college principal, I would like to see many successful students, staff, and faculty, a model college, and model programs. Our college is organically well-positioned to inform a knowledge-based economy and must inspire transformative ICT sector ideas and discoveries.

We have attracted strategic collaborations with numerous institutions, including Microsoft, Google, IBM, Nokia, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation, Ministry of Information, Communication, and Technology and National Guidance, and Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development. The College is partnering with leading academic institutions which include Radboud University Nijmegen, Delft University of Technology, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Chalmers University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, University of Gothenburg, University of Borås, University of Bergen, Xiangtan University, Dar-es-Salaam Institute of Technology, University of Juba, University of Rwanda, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kyambogo University, Gulu University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea Education and Research Information Service, and University of Cape Town.

As college principal, I welcome the opportunity to collaborate with all our academic and industrial partners. I want CoCIS to be more attractive and a destination of choice for ICT research and innovations and educational programs.

I wish you success in all your current and future endeavors. Our plan is to increase student success and experience. Current capacity building efforts are yielding more PhD-level faculty-researchers. CoCIS is on track in its professional development efforts for college staff and faculty. The efforts will better meet the teaching and scientific demands of computing, library, and information science as we build for the future.

Thank you very much for exploring our website and when you are in the area stop by and visit this amazing college. We are committed as a college to be the ‘Icon of Excellence’.

Prof. Tonny Oyana
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