On Wednesday 10th January, 2018 Prof. Tonny Oyana (Principal, CoCIS) met with all Unit heads, academic and administrative staff of the College. The main theme for this meeting was for the Principal to present and share his vision for CoCIS with its stakeholders.
Before presenting he first shared three quotes from the bible aimed at providing some wisdom, motivation and encouragement to the College staff. The quotes were as follows;
- Proverbs 16:3 Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.
- Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lordand He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.
- Proverbs 3:6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.
His presentation which followed was structured based on two aspects;
- The current state of the College.
This was based on College data and the several interactions he had with all College key stakeholders over his first 142 days in office. Results were extracted using a text mining/ analysis tool of key words of minutes of the listening meetings of College key stakeholders, including School of Computing and Informatics Technology (SCIT), East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS), students, support staff etc. The areas covered included;
- Research (number of papers, conferences, projects etc.)
- Academic Staff (teaching, absenteeism, evening classes etc.)
- Support staff (welfare, contracts and communication)
- Knowledge transfer (partnerships with other educational institutions)
- Student welfare (student complaints, exam/test result delays, internet access, leadership challenges, toilet facilities etc.)
- Community Outreach (Support the environment)
The principal also took time out to commend both Deans for the outstanding work done regardless of the current constraints at the College. He also confirmed there was a noticeable difference since his appoint and congratulated some rising stars in the College namely;
- E. Mwebaze (Artificial Intelligence projects)
- Jullianne Sansa (WIMEA-ICT project)
- Sarah Kaddu (EIFL Research grant)
- Daudi Jjingo (Nurturing Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Capacity in Africa)
- Rehema Baguma (Coordinator, Upcoming conference 2018 hosted at CoCIS)
for the work they have done on their research projects and the spotlight they have given to the College.
The Centre for Innovations and Professional Skills Development was also commended for its work in addressing community outreach specifically its Get Connected – Digital Literacy training that targeted the youth and as we build for the future of Uganda.
- Broad outline of his vision for the College (refer to the attached ).
Before concluding, Prof. G. Maiga (Dean, SCIT) who was presiding over the meeting gave an opportunity to all those present to either ask questions or provide feedback. In response to this;
Dr. Jullianne Sansa Otim - offered to provide support to the College in form of conducting a WIMEA-ICT tracer study to track ongoing and alumni projects.
Ms. Hasifah Namatovu - requested for the Principal’s feedback on the renovating of staff offices and in response, he promised that all issues on that front will be addressed in a timely manner.
Dr. Paul Ssemaluulu – promised that all academic staff are willing to attend the graduation procession to show support for the College provided the required invitation cards, car park stickers etc. are provided on time.
Dr. Johnson Mwebaze – noted that the College should look to towards bidding for projects advertised by industry.
Providing thank you remarks for the well-presented vision by the Principal was Dr. Drake Mirembe. He acknowledged the Principal’s vision and pledged his support towards the new CoCIS Vision.