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Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00


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A delegation of consultants from African Union (ICT Consultant, AU) represented by Mr. Moses Bayingana and Ms. Mariam Aniya (ICT, Consultant) on Tuesday, 14th Nov 2017 met with Prof. Tonny Oyana (Principal, CoCIS), Mr. Joseph Ssemogerere (E-learning Coordinator, PAEN project), Ms. Liliane Ayebare (Ag. Head, CiPSD) and Mr. Godwin Kahuuta (Principal Scientist, Ministry of ICT and National Guidance). The meeting was scheduled to discuss and get feedback about the implementation of the Pan-African E-Network Project (PAEN) at the College of Computing and IS (CoCIS), Makerere University. In particular the genesis of the of the project, how it was implemented, the achievements and challenges of the project, and recommendations.

(From left to right) Mr. G. Kahuuta, Mr. J. Ssemogerere, Prof. T. Oyanna, Ms. L. Ayebare, Mr. M. Bayingana and Ms. M. Aniya

During the meeting Mr. Ssemogerere presented the main objective of the project which was funded by the Indian government at a cost of US$ 125 million to connect all African Union (AU) member countries with some of the best universities and hospitals in India to share their expertise in the fields of education and health so as to accelerate the socio-economic development of Africa.

He also briefly talked about the Implementation of the five-year project which was through Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd. (TCIL) who set up the network providing e-services with priority on Tele-Education, Tele-Medicine and VVIP connectivity (video conferencing and VoIP) among the African member states and Makerere University (CoCIS) was selected as the National E-learning Centre to host the students enrolled in the various courses under this project.

Mr. J. Ssemogerere presents a report on the PAEN project

Key highlights and achievements during the presentation;

  1. That there is still a large demand for the programmes offered by both Amity University and Indra Ghandi National Open University (IGNOU) notably the Masters in Business Administration and Bachelors in IT/IS programmes.
  2. The favorable subsidized costs of the training enabled the unprivileged to get good quality education.
  3. The flexible study timetable schedule enabled students from upcountry locations the opportunity to study at their convenience as well as complete their studies on time.
  4. That Makerere University had the best performance, highest enrollment (2,540), and completion rates (1500) within the whole African region at approximately 60% graduate pass rate.
  5. The project had increased the much-needed human resource in Uganda in the disciplines of IT, Business, Finance and Human resource studies.
  6. A majority of the graduates who completed testified to having got promotions and better jobs.
  7. The challenges noted by Mr. Ssemogerere were;
  8. Lack of effective communication specifically with IGNOU regarding student questions and general guidance during the programmes.
    Enforcement of the tuition fees for operation costs.
  9. Some students not focused on studying creating a lot of exam retake scenarios.
  10. In regards to forging a way forward, he recommended the following;
  11. An extension of the project by renewing the necessary MOU’s etc. This will enable more Ugandans to access subsidized quality education.
  12. Operationalizing the Regional University Centre which was supposed to continue providing Tele-Education to other countries in the region even after expiration of the project. Specifically addressing issues of;
    1. Getting approval from Makerere University (Senate) to start delivering online courses.
    2. Training staff at CoCIS to deliver online courses.
    3. Providing sufficient support (Financial support).

He concluded his presentation by thanking the Indian Government, the African Union, all participating institutions for successfully coordinating the project from its inception to completion and kindly requested for more opportunities that will steer Uganda to the next level.

Mr. Bayingana was very impressed by the performance of CoCIS (Makerere University) during the project especially with achieving the highest completion rate in Africa with 1,596 students graduating during the project.

Mr. Kahuuta an Amity alumnus who graduated from the program with an MBA in International Business attested to the benefits, achievements and successes of the project and requested for a renewal of the project emphasizing on the use of the newly laid fiberoptic infrastructure.

The Principal in his remarks thanked Mr. Ssemogerere for successfully coordinating the project amidst all the challenges and requested that AU renew or extend the project. In forging a way forward, he requested that the AU provide seed money and other initiatives that can address some the challenges faced e.g. content development, training of administrative staff to sustain the project and develop the infrastructure.

Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:00


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College Management headed by the Principal Prof. Tonny Oyana together with his team comprised of Dr. Florence Kivunike (Head, DISS), Mr. Ezra Mwesigwa (Systems Administrator), Mr. Richard Kananura (Custodian), Ms. Liliane Ayebare (Ag. Head, CiPSD) and Mr. Elwana Tom Vok (Accountant) met with officials from the Ministry of Public Service Commission (PSC) led by Mr. Richard Enyomu (HR Commissioner), Ms. Nafula Claire (Senior Information Scientist), Mr. Muzaale Paul (Principal Assistant Secretary), and Mr. Esau Matsiko (Senior Selection Systems Development Officer).

Dr. Kivunike welcomed the PSC team to the College and was happy to receive them and looked forward to working with them. Mr. Enyomu then highlighted the fact that, PSC recruits on behalf of the government but of recent due to high unemployment rates in Uganda the PSC has had challenges during their recruitment exercises. One of the key challenges he mentioned, was managing the selection process due to the high number of applicants who apply for the few advertised positions.  As a result, the PSC has continuously approached the College of Computing and IS to assist with this endeavor since it has the capacity in terms of infrastructure (Computers, Computer Labs, internet connection), and conducive facilities.

During the meeting the College agreed to host the scheduled PSC interview for January 2018 while the PSC team consulted on issues to do with ICT Security, the status of ICT equipment and software, duration of the exercise, testing of the IT systems, and cost implications.
In closing, the two teams discussed signing of an MOU in the future and scheduled accordingly for additional meetings to ensure a successful exercise come January 2018.     

Thursday, 09 November 2017 00:00

Research Methodology Workshop

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The Research Methodology workshop took place on the 8th Nov 2017 at the College of Computing and IS and hosted by the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (SCIT).
The objective of the workshop was to provide an opportunity for Ph.D. research students to interact with the keynote speaker Prof. Henk G. Sol, provide an insight into research strategies, and an opportunity to present their research papers. In attendance for the workshop were Prof. Tonny Oyana (Principal, CoCIS), Assoc. Prof. G. Maiga (Dean, SCIT), Dr. Paul Ssemaluulu and Ph.D. research students.

In officially declaring the workshop open the Principal emphasized on the fact that the objective of pursuing a Ph.D. degree was to add the vast body of knowledge and not specifically to get rich. He encouraged the participants to not focusing on only teaching but endeavor to focus on research and writing as many papers as possible. Assoc. Prof. the moderator for the workshop then called upon Prof. Henk Sol to deliver his presentation on Navigating in the Sea of Information: Ennovations for Delivering Shared Value. His presentation focused on enhancing decisions that matter as a major challenge in our ambient society, where we have to navigate in the sea of information to deliver shared value. Agile, analytic, big, intelligent, smart, sustainable data describe the potential for decision enhancement.

Prof. Henk G. Sol presenting

He also spoke about delivering shared value calls for: conversations to collectively identify locally relevant problems, governance to make political and administrative decisions about tackling such problems and engaged innovations to develop localized solutions. Prof. Henk G. Sol additionally mentioned the COLLAGEN (Collective Learning and Agile Governance Environment) approach that provides a set of services for scoping, facilitation and enhancement of decision-making processes, packed into decision apps and providing guidelines for conversational inquiry. The approach he mentioned supports smart governance for policy development and engaged implementation, and delivers shared value to resolve issues that matter in society.

Professor Henk G. Sol challenged the academia to undertake research and create solutions in areas of agricultural information services, disaster preparedness, health as well as governance. He recommended that Uganda needs to focus on sustainable initiatives which also require incentives for both public and private sectors.

Hasifa Namatovu presenting her research concept

During the workshop several Ph.D research students also presented their concept and research papers namely;

  •          Enhancing Maternity and Postnatal Care Decisions Among Pregnant Women by Hasifah Kasujja
  •          Spatial-temporal and System Dynamics Model for Disease Surveillance: A Case of Nodding Syndrome by Ongaya Kizito

During the presentations and Q/A sessions participants provided positive criticism that was well received and in closing, Prof. Henk G. Sol thanked and appreciated all that transpired and was looking forward to more similar workshops in the future.

The DI research group hosted a talk/seminar session on Thursday 2nd November (11:00 - 12:30pm). The speaker was Dr Julius Otim – the current Manager of Medical Health Services at Kampala City Central Authority (KCCA). He is a medical doctor by profession and a public health specialist and oversees all health facilities under KCCA ensuring;
·         Quality Assurance
·         Implementing Service Delivery programs and
·         Health Research plans
He has previously worked with Marie Stopes Uganda as a Quality Assurance Manager, Malaria Consortium as a Technical Team Leader and as a District Health Officer for Kumi District (Local Government). He is also a life member of the Uganda Red Cross Society, a Board Member of Makerere University Hospital and a member of the National Task Force on Non-Communicable diseases.
During his presentation Dr. Otim highlighted a number of health challenges that ICTs can contribute towards and identified possible areas of collaboration with KCCA. In attendance were Masters and Ph.D researchers from the College who interacted with him and provided feedback. Some of the feedback included;
·         Guidelines and procedures to follow in creating a partnership (MOU) between the College and KCCA.
·         How to source for funding on the discussed research projects through current partners of KCCA i.e. Infectious Disease Institute (IDI), Intra Health – Uganda Capacity Program, Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC) etc.
·         Setup a technical group between KCCA and SCIT that can assist in streamlining the use of ICT to address the objectives, challenges of KCCA as well as enhance their public health services.
The seminar concluded with closing remarks from Dr. Rehema Baguma, who on behalf of all participants appreciated the eye opener into the challenges faced by KCCA but also not noted the potential ICT has to offer to address the issues. She also thanked Dr. Otim for taking the time out to honor the invite and looked forward to a strong positive future collaboration between the College and KCCA.


Saturday, 04 November 2017 00:00

Research Workshop

 Prof. Henk Sol will be in the country and we are organizing a research workshop with him slated on 7th-Nov-2017. PhD, Masters students and academic supervisors are invited to be part of this workshop as a way of enriching each other's research skills. 
A schedule will be sent tomorrow and participants who would like to showcase their work whether student or not.
kindly drop me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Register and I schedule you
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 00:00

SIDA KIPS Project Research Seminars

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SIDA KIPS Project Research Seminars hosted by Prof. Elena Maceviciute from the Swedish School of Library and Information Science.
Starting today 30th Oct to 10th November 2017.
Prof. Elena's profile can also be accessed here:

Prof Jan Nolin ( ) will be online giving comments on the PhD students' presentations. Kindly turn up tomorrow at 2.00pm in CIT Level 4 in the conference room.

Please refer to the attached schedule for details, click: here.

The team led by Dr. Ssekakubo (Africa Development Bank), Prof. P. Muyinda (Principal, College of Education and External Studies) Dr. John Okuonzi (Kyambogo University), and Sybyl former Computer Point (Project contractors) met with College Representatives Assoc. Prof. Gilbert Maiga and Dr. Florence Kivunike (Head of ICT Support Services) to appraise the donation of 200 thin client computers, 6 servers and 4 switches to setup a new computer laboratory at the College.
The Support to Higher Education, Science and Technology (HEST) Project aims to contribute to building Uganda’s human capital skills development capacity—particularly in education, science and technology—to respond to labor market demands and spur productivity nationally. Its objective is to improve equitable access, quality and relevance of skills training and research leading to job creation and self-employment. It involves the active participation of six public universities and two degree awarding tertiary institutions in skills training, at the various levels of higher learning. The strategic outcomes of the project are access to HEST and information and communication technology (ICT) for delivery of HEST and improved quality and relevance of HEST in target public universities and degree-awarding tertiary institutions, leading to stronger links to the productive sector. The project is aligned to the country’s National Development Plan 2010/2011–2014/2015 that aims at making Uganda an industrialized economy in 2025 through the provision of higher level skills.
The team concluded the visit by getting the opportunity to tour some of the latest research project going on at the College specifically in the Artificial intelligence Lab.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:00

Mak-Sida Annual Review Meeting 2017

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The Makerere University-SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) Annual Review Meeting (ARM) under the theme "Multidisciplinary Research for Social Transformation” visited the College of Computing and IS to review the following projects;
  • Training for Sustainable Spatially Enabled e-Services Delivery in Uganda (TSSEED). This project supports students to train along the themes of: spatial predictive modeling for prevalence of infectious diseases, epidemiology intervention without location, a public participatory GIS for planning e- services for solid waste management, Spatial-temporal modeling of nodding syndrome and spatial temporal Modeling of Mobile Microscopic Diseases. (Principal Investigator: Assoc. Prof. Gilbert Maiga).
  • Empowerment for Strengthen Research Capacity in Library and Information Science education to support Knowledge and Information Production and Sharing for Sustainable Socio-economic Transformation and Development in Uganda. (Principal Investigator; Dr. William Kiyingi).
  • Building Research Capacity in Innovative Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) for Sustainable Socio-economic Growth in Uganda. (Principal Investigator; Assoc. Prof. Engineer Bainomugisha).
The meeting was scheduled with the aim of discussing the current status/progress of the above-mentioned projects. This was achieved through getting feedback from the relevant stakeholders (i.e. Principal Investigator’s, Ph.D. student etc.) regarding challenges, successes, and any other issues faced over the past year.
Monday, 07 August 2017 00:00

IEEE Parallel Computing Workshop

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5 day Real-time and Parallel Computing workshop:  21st August- 24 August 2017

Introduction to Operating Systems principles, Real-time concepts and programming in multi-process environment for non-computer scientists  

By the end of this workshop the participants will learn about:

  • Concurrency: processes vs. threads
  • Inter process communication: data pools, pipe-lines and message queues
  • Synchronization principles: mutexes and semaphores, critical sections and monitors
  • Deadlock and Starvation: detections and solutions
  • Operating System Scheduling: interrupts, priorities and Rate Monotonic Scheduling

The topics will be presented via examples and discussions. The afternoon sessions will have hands on tutorials with exercises to practice the concepts discussed.

Prerequisites: knowledge C++ is helpful for the tutorials.

Venue: Software Systems Center, Block B, College of Computing & IT, Makerere University

Monday, 17 July 2017 00:00

Call for National Cybersecurity in Uganda

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                                                                                                                   Written by Alum Patricia

The System Software Center, in the College of Computing and Information Sciences at Makerere University hosted a presentation on 11thJuly 2017 with the theme “Getting to Grips with National Cyber Security”, presented by the celebrated Eng. Dr. FF. Tusubira, CEO of the UbuntuNet Alliance for Research and Networking. The aim of the presentation was to create awareness about national cybersecurity, its importance and how best to curb it.  

The presenter focused his presentation on the need for Uganda as a country to concentrate on getting a grip on national cybersecurity by citing instances where networks in different countries were hacked. He cited several instances where IT security was compromised, e.g. August 2016 when a group of hackers known as shadow brokers hacked the National Security Agency [NSA] and released hacking tools that were created by the NSA into the public, a power blackout in the capital city of Ukraine, Kiev in December 2016, and the hacking of Uganda Revenue Authority where the organization lost approximately 2 billion UG shillings to hackers using a computer system.

According to Eng. Tusubira the best way to curb national cybersecurity is by starting on a personal level, creating awareness among children, risk management behavior enterprise, and also understanding where a threat can be induced from e.g. by insiders of an organization, hackers, extremist organizations, investigative journalists, industrial espionage etc. He added that measures can be taken to counter the threat like malicious code protection, effective information security governance, incident management practices, and testing of the system to ensure it is hack proof.  

The presenter concluded by quoting the words of Aristotle, an ancient Greek philosopher and scientist who wrote, “We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit” meaning that the country as a whole should engage in early cybersecurity measures in order to avoid the effects of national cybersecurity crisis.

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