Dr. Seog-Soo Han (President, KERIS), Ms. Boseon Kim Chief, (Global Cooperation Section, KERIS) and Mr. Taehun Kwon (Researcher, KERIS) met with a delegation from the College of Computing and IS that comprised of Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello-Obura (Principal), Agnes Semwanga Rwashana (Deputy Principal), Assoc. Prof. Gilbert Maiga (Dean, SCIT), Dr. William Kiyingi (Dean, EASLIS), Dr. Evelyn Kigozi Kahiigi (HOD, IT), Assoc. Prof. Engineer Bainomugisha (HOD, CS), and Mr. Charles Halonda-Funa Communications Officer. Also in attendance was a representative from the Ministry of Education and Sports, Uganda.
The objective of the visit was to
- Exchange first-hand experiences and insights on both countries’ ICT-based education and research information services.
- Expand and consolidate the network of global cooperation between KERIS and partner countries, especially with Higher Education institutions.
The Korea Education & Research Information Service or KERIS, is a governmental organization under the South Korean Ministry of Education that develops, proposes, and advises on current and future government policies and initiatives regarding education in South Korea. Its current focus is on the development of ICT in educational systems in Korea and abroad and works closely with international organizations such as the World Bank and UNESCO to assist other nations in developing or improving their own ICT infrastructure and implementation. In addition to policy, KERIS provides educators and the public with educational services such as the National Education Information Service (NEIS, http://neis.go.kr) the Research Information Service System (RISS, http://riss.kr) the National Education Service System (EDUNET, http://edunet.net), and Korea Open CourseWare (KOCW, http://kocw.net)The stated mission of KERIS is to develop human resources through e-Learning, regain public trust in education, lay a foundation for a knowledge and information-based society by activation of eLearning, and to enhance national education and research competitiveness through academy digitalization. It works towards these goals by being involved in multiple ongoing tasks and projects.
Both delegations agreed on
- Finding better ways to further develop the Education Support Project using Solar Powered Internet School Project currently in the demo phase at Makerere College School, Natete.
- Fostering teachers’ capabilities for the 21st digital age by conducting training workshop here in Uganda.
- Setting a technical team with members from CoCIS and KERIS and find ways to explore the current MOU that was signed by both Ministry of Education in Korea and Ministry of Education and Sports in Uganda.