You are invited for a Seminar on on Monday 23rd April from 11.00-12.30 in Block B, E-Services Lab.
Topic: Internal and External Crisis Communication of Public Organizations
Presenter: Alice Srugies from the Division of Cognition and Communication, Faculty of Applied IT, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
For planning purposes, those interested in attending, kindly register your interest on the following two field form:
More details about the presenter and the presentation will be shared soon.
N.B. This seminar has been organized outside the usual schedule of DI seminars due to the limited availability of the Guest.
The College will be hosting a career talk event for SCIT students that will give students the opportunity to
• Learn about various opportunities, possibilities & future prospects in the
world of ICT especially in Uganda.
• Get the guidance needed to set your ICT career on the right track
• Meet and Interact with leading ICT industry practitioners
This career initiative to help the respective participants understand their core niche in the ever growing world of ICT and the Ugandan environment.
CoCIS hosted the General Manager and Country Manager for ICDL Africa on the 22nd February 2018. The aim of the meeting was for the stakeholders to meet and keep track on what is going on with the ICDL programme at the Centre, exchange new ideas and the attest trends within ICDL, and meet the current cohort of ICDL students under the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship programme. The Ms. Nalubega (Head, Centre for Innovations and Professional Skills Development) representing the Prof. T. Oyanna (Principal, CoCIS) welcomed the ICDL team and other CiPSD members. She then provided Mr. Michael Niyitegeka, (Country Manager, ICDL) the opportunity to provide a brief background on the current status of ICDL in Uganda.
Mr. Etinick Mutinda (General Manager, ICDL Africa) then followed with an overview of ICDL in Africa. He was pleased with the opportunity to visit Makerere University, the Accredited Test Centre (ATC) in Uganda and was pleased with the progress shown. During his presentation, he remarked and noted the following;
1. Makerere University COCIS is a big brand and has been earmarked to be a centre of excellence and reference point for the other training centres.
2. Government entities should be encouraged to take on ICDL certification as a standard for digital literacy as it is in Kenya and Rwanda.
3. The need for a core marketing function at the Centre.
4. Encourage the centres to organize sales workshops on how to unlock the potential of ICDL. E.g. Look out for what the employers want in terms of ICT skills (Digital literacy).
In forge a way forward both teams decided on the need for;
1. The College to have a dedicated Centre with its own network.
2. Capacity building for future incoming projects in terms of resources both human and IT hardware/software etc.
3. Sensitization of top management of about ICDL.
4. Exploring the potential of ICDL at the University level.
MasterCard Foundation scholarship students doing ICDL certification
In concluding the meeting, the ICDL team met with several students from the ICDL and MasterCard Foundation Scholarship program in which students provided testimonials. For example;
1. The students appreciated ICDL, a lot has been learnt. They are able to use their laptops efficiently. It has helped them with their class work in terms of presentation, documentation etc.
2. ICDL and CoCIS should endeavour to sensitize the Makerere University students and the surrounding community about the benefits of ICDL. Most people are ignorant about it.
3. The scholars who have found ICDL very useful should market it at their respective Colleges etc.
4. ICDL is very relevant with/to class work, independence and navigating the internet.
Mike Tartakovsky, the director of the NIH Office of Cyber Infrastructure and Computational Biology (OCICB) will visit CoCIS on Tuesday 20th March 2018 9-10: 00 am. The aim of this visit is to exchange ideas on how to implement the Bioinformatics PhD and MSc Curricula under the BRecA project. BRecA is an NIH training grant in collaboration with CoCIS, CoNAS, MakCHS and CoVAB at Makerere University.
In support of the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) Prof. Tonny Oyana (Principal, CoCIS) has sponsored CoCIS students and bought 100 Tickets and MakRun 2018 T-shirts for Sunday, 25th March 2018
As one of the strategies to raise funds for the University, the Makerere University Endowment Fund (MakEF) –was established in 2014. MakEF under its mandate to achieve long term financial sustainability for the University started the MakRun.
The first edition of the MakRun in 2017 was a great start, thanks to contributions from The Right Honourable Speaker and Members of Parliament, Corporate sponsors such as; dfcu Bank. Centenary Bank, Tullow Oil, NSSF, Coca Cola, NBS Television, BBS Telefayina and the Nation Media Group as well as Gallant Alumni, Staff, Students, well wishers and friends of Makerere University.
Thanks to your support, we collected UGX247,845,000 (Two hundred forty seven million eight hundred forty five thousand Uganda Shillings).
All proceeds from the MakRun are aimed at supporting the Fund’s inaugural project, the “Students Centre”, estimated to cost UGX15 billion.
We are therefore once again rallying your support for this noble cause, by urging you all to warm up and get ready to participate in the MakRun 2018 scheduled on Sunday, 25th March 2018, starting at 6:00am in the Freedom Square with warm up exercises.
Tickets are now on sale at UGX15,000/= for students, UGX25,000/= for the Silver and UGX50,000/= for the Gold.
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Huawei in partnership with Makerere University (College of Computing and IS) and the Ministry of Education and Sports on 8th March 2018 launched the third edition of the Huawei Seeds for the Future program 2018.
The Huawei Seeds for the Future program which started in 2016 is an all-expense-paid two-week program to China (one week in Beijing and one week in Shenzhen). The program allows 10 students (seeds) to develop their ICT skills, gain practical international work experience, and receiving an introduction to Chinese language and culture that will prepare them for an increasingly interconnected global job market.
The 10 that will be selected for Huawei Seeds for the Future program 2018 are scheduled to leave for China on 6th April 2018 for two weeks and during the launch got a chance to hear testimony from one of the previous seeds Ms. Maria Drolence Mwanje (Student, Mbarara University of Science & Technology). Speaking in Chinese, Maria thanked the sponsors for the opportunity they provided her and the other seeds of 2017. She reiterated that the opportunity to travel and fly for the first time highlighted some of her accomplishments for 2017 and that she is currently interning at the Huawei Uganda office.
Also speaking at the launch, Mr. Muzamilu Mukwatampola (Ag. Commissioner for Higher Education, Ministry of Education & Sports) thanked Huawei for providing this opportunity that has helped the seeds get exposed to the latest in knowledge transfer, teaching and research capabilities, ICT trends, and hands-on ICT training.
Mr. Patrick Muinda (Assistant Commissioner, Communications & Information Management) also thanked Huawei for this initiative. He encouraged the seeds to seize this opportunity to enhance their theoretical skills by getting as much exposure as possible in terms of hands-on practical skills.
Representing Makerere University and the College of Computing and IS was Ms. Barbara Nalubega (Head, Centre for Innovations and Professional Skills Development) who pledged to continuously provide support towards the program for the betterment of the seeds.
Mr. Chu Maoming (Deputy Chief of Mission, Chinese Embassy) noted that the since opening diplomatic ties with Uganda in 1962, the program is a good example of Chinese companies carrying out win-win cooperation fulfilling the well-being of all Ugandans through Corporate Social Responsibility.
The Dev. Informatics (DI) group hosted the first mini-symposium for 2018 on Thursday, 22nd February. The aim of the symposium was to provide;
- A supportive atmosphere for PhD students to present and receive feedback on their ongoing research work.
- Guidance on various aspects of their research from established researchers and their peers.
- Enable PhD students to interact with other participants and potential collaborators in order to stimulate an exchange of ideas, suggestions and experiences.
PhD student presenters during this symposium were Mr. Michael Kizito and Ms. Hawa Nyende (both staff at SCIT and PhD students. Please find below their respective abstracts and profiles.
Michael Kizito is a PhD student at the University of Gothenburg, Department of Applied IT. His research interests are in IT Governance in the digitalization of Healthcare. His supervisors are Dr. Evelyn Kigozi Kahiigi and Associate Professor Johan Magnusson.
Information Technology has become pervasive and so many sectors have digitized (paper and processes). IT has become central in supporting, growing and sustaining many business organizations. IT is considered an enabler to better ways of working that may lead to achieving efficiency and or innovation in organizations. With digitization has also come digitalization. Digitalization is related to the use of digital technologies and digitized data in order to create revenue, improve business, replace or transform business processes and creating an environment for digital business, where digital information is at core. So, with digitalization, it is imperative that the governance of IT is given priority. The governance of IT is predicated upon the presence of effective organizational processes in five domains namely: strategic alignment, resource management, risk management, performance management and value delivery.
Hawa Nyende is an assistant lecturer at the department of Information Technology, Makerere University, and a PhD student at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her PhD research is in health informatics particularly, investigating on the use of ICTs to improve maternal healthcare in low resource contexts. She is being supervised by Associate Professor Urban Ask (University of Gothenburg) and Dr. Nabende Peter (Makerere University).
The United Nations listed maternal mortality as a major problem especially in developing countries. The need for improved quality of healthcare has led to transforming ways in which healthcare is delivered. The role of information technology (IT) in this transformation is moving towards active participation of patients in healthcare. Active participation of patients in healthcare aligns with the service dominant (S-D) logic in which customers (i.e. patients) are co-creators of value. Technology has been identified as a key driver for value co-creation however the question of how IT can drive value co-creation in healthcare has not been fully explored. The overall research objective is “to come up with guidelines on how to design IT models that can improve maternal healthcare in low resource contexts”. To achieve this objective, studies will be conducted in Uganda and Sweden in which, mixed methods including interviews and questionnaires will be used. Study participants will include healthcare professionals, IT staff and pregnant women. The service innovation framework based on S-D logic will be adopted as the theoretical framework for the study.
On the 15th February 2018, the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (SCIT) conducted a workshop with the aim of coming up with a draft of the MSc. E-government Services and Technology curriculum with input from stakeholders. In attendance were College academic staff and members from the industry i.e. IT organizations, Ministry of ICT, and other stakeholders.
In his introductory remarks, Assoc. Prof. Gilbert Maiga (Dean, SCIT) welcomed distinguished guests and other participants to the workshop. He further gave a brief overview about the MEST programme and reiterated the need to put infrastructure in place to train, research and conduct outreach programmes.
The Dean also recognized the support of the TSEED project team towards the development of the MEST programme and appreciated several stakeholders for their input i.e. Ministry of ICT & NG and NITA-U who participated in the needs assessment. He also thanked all those who had spared time to attend the workshop and looked forward to their feedback.
Officially opening the workshop was Prof. Tonny Oyana (Principal, CoCIS). He welcomed participants to the workshop and informed participants that CoCIS aimed at advancing science and influencing ICT policy. He acknowledged the importance of investing in technology as a basis for growth of economies. He defined e-governance as the strategic application of all forms of ICT to support government processes. He said that use of technology facilitated participation of even people who were hard to reach and could ensure balanced contribution from different parts of the economy.
He pointed out challenges to the growth of ICT like low digital interest and inadequate ICT capacity for planning units at district level and pointed out the strengths e.g. a strong national ICT policy, Investment in ICT infrastructure, Uganda’s vision 2040 etc. In reference to the proposed MEST programme and he noted the strong programme learning outcomes that needed to be specific and measurable, a lack of spatial analysis (analytical skills in handling locational information) that needed to be addressed and then declared the workshop officially open.
The Executive Director NITA-U, Mr. James Saka appreciated the idea of the MEST programme and also highlighted the following;
- The importance of equipping students with leadership skills
- Having expert knowledge and being able to express it in the area one has focused
- The importance of exposure and attachment to industry
- The importance of good communication skills
- Aligning programme learning outcomes with real world needs
The Deputy Director NITA-U thanked the organizing team for inviting him to the workshop. He noted that there were too many technical courses in the proposed MEST programme and encouraged end to end government services by putting everything online.
He added that Uganda constituted young population and it was important to plan for them. He also highlighted that the views of the industry in the development of the curriculum were important. It was ideal to get research problems from the industry.
He noted that the proposed curriculum was not very diverse. There was need to include courses on human psychology, management, economics and finance. That there was need to consider an emotional connection of the product and change management issues. He thanked all the participants and said that he looked forward to the first set of MEST graduates
The participants then disbanded into two focus groups for further deliberations on the proposed MEST programme. The two groups were divided into industry and government perspective and academia perspective and after deliberations shared their outcomes which were noted and are to be compiled to come with a final draft of the proposed MEST programme curriculum.
The workshop was closed by a vote of thanks from the Deputy Principal, Assoc. Prof. Agnes Rwashana. She thanked members for attending the workshop and for their valuable input. She thanked the Dean for the tremendous work and appreciated the idea of having an MoU between NITA-U and the College. She noted that the workshop was such an engaging experience and that it had yielded its purpose and declared the workshop officially closed
16-20 April 2018
The 2018 second edition of Summer School on Software Engineering and Information Systems is hosted by the Makerere University School of Computing and IT, in Collaboration with University of Chalmers and Gothenburg. The summer school will feature four tutorials delivered by leading researchers in the Software Engineering field.
The school is organised by the Software and Systems Center at Makerere University and is mainly intended to contribution to PhD students and academic/industrial researchers on latest findings in the field of Software Engineering and Information Systems.
- The full programme is available on the web page : http://ssc.mak.ac.ug/bright-summer-school-2018-on-software-engineering-and-is
- Participants will enjoy the beauty of the nearby national parks and can joint the Gorilla Tracking in the nearby Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
- Registration is now open, through the web: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfiC2Vrzw_sxfhb48mOI6lX-JD3Ln7PoVELtrWJ80WTH7fvKg/viewform
- Model Driven Software Engineering
- Software Analytics
- Software Security
- Digital Infrastructure, Design thinking