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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.



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.

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