The College of Computing and Information Sciences, CoCIS was honored by a visit from one of the best researcher and renown academician and well known Prof. AkintundeIbitayo (Tayo) Akinwande of Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT which was organized by Dr. Fred Kiwanuka a beneficiary of the Empower The Teacher ETT.
The professor was engaged in a full day interaction with the lecturers and administrators from CoCIS and CEDAT discussing the way forward to produce thinkers and innovators who can write the best research about people’s needs and compete soundly on the world standard rather theory based students who cannot create a solution to their immediate needs.He cautioned them that “today the world is not about collecting data and accumulating theories but acquiring knowledge and implementing it to offer useful solutions to the society”.
“The first step to problem solving is problem identification. We can’t solve what we don’t know, therefore the most important question for any researcher is; what is the problem?” he said. He added that students should be trained to use the problem solving approach straight away such that they make functional research for their projects and the lecturers must closely read andscrutinize the research to get the best out of their students.He encouraged the graduates, doctors and professors to write as many research papers as possible since the more the research, the more knowledge acquired and this will open greater opportunities for them study at the best universities including M.I.T to acquire the best training with the best supervisors. They will then be counted among the few who represent Africa in the innovation and technology world.
Tayo was on a tour for the MISTI Empowering The Teacher program 2015-2016 a teaching fellowship open to all interested Ugandan university lecturers in science and engineering fields. He gave a bigger picture about the MISTI program giving enough detail on the eligibility criteria, selection process, application procedure, duration, other benefits and answered all questions heartily encouraging the lecturers to work harder to qualify for such great opportunities. Dr. Ernest Mwebaze a lecturer at SCIT is one of the few selected for the 2015/2016 ETT program.