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The two day workshop was organized to provide SCIT PhD students with an insight into research strategies, get a better understanding of the Supervisor/Student Relationship, and an opportunity for Ph.D students to present their research papers.

The workshop was officially opened by the Principal of the College, Prof. Constant Okello-Obura, who said that “colleagues and all PhD students should ensure that they follow the University guidelines regarding attaining and retaining a Ph.D”. He also encouraged PhD students upon completion to have at least published an article or literature review and wished them successful deliberations during the workshop.

Visiting from the Netherlands was Prof. Henk G. Sol a Professor of Business Engineering and ICT at Groningen University. He proceeded to do a presentation on Navigating in the Sea of Information Specifically Design Science and Engaged Research while giving opportunity to other PhD students to also present their research papers. Some of the presentations included (refer to attached pdf);

  • Visual-Based Traffic Flow Congestion Prediction and Speed Estimation from Image Sequence by Rose Nakibuule
  • Geospatial Predictive Model for Epidemiological outbreak: A case of Ebola by Kamukama Ismail
  • Public Participatory GIS model for e-Govt service delivery: A case of Solid Waste Management by Arinaitwe Irene
  • Enhancing Maternity and Postnatal Care Decisions Among Pregnant Women by Hasifah Kasujja

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 over the two days and was looking forward to more similar workshops in the future.

ICDL the world's leading computer skills certification has identified the necessary ICT skills that ascertain that someone is competent to use a computer e.g. Computer Essentials, Online Essential, Word Processing, SpreadSheets etc. ICDL has many Accredited Training Centers (ATC’s) worldwide and in Uganda, the College of Computing and IS (Makerere University) is one of the recognized ATC’s.

Recently ICDL Africa sponsored 3 trainers from the College to undergo an ICDL Training the trainer workshop. The ICDL instructors were trained in a wide range of modules including Computer Essentials, Word Processing, IT Security etc. A one day workshop was then organized and held on the 27th January 2017, the objective was to follow up on the just held Train the trainer workshop and also discuss;

  • ICDL Training (A Trainers Perspectives and Experiences).
  • ICDL in the Region and the Rest of the World: Principles, Practices and Lesson.
  • The Future of ICDL in Uganda.
  • Recommendations on the Adoption of ICDL as a Basic Tool for ICT Literacy in Uganda.

During the workshop presentations were made by Ms. Grace Lubega and Mr. Christopher Kaddu who are certified ICDL instructors at the Collège. They shared with the participants their ICDL experiences and best practices as trainers of ICDL. Mr. Michael Niyitegeka (ICDL, Uganda Country Manager) also participated in the workshop by updating the participants on the current trends that ICDL is embracing e.g. Digital Citizen and Digital Citizen Plus that have been specifically designed for people lacking basic ICT skills.

In conclusion, the general consensus by all participants in the workshop was that they would endeavor to increase the awareness and importance of digital literacy in Uganda and emulate the efforts being undertaken by ICDL in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania.

The Principal (Prof. Constant Okello-Obura) met with student leaders from the College of Computing and IS to discuss several issues. Some of the issues addressed were;

  1. How the College can better assist the students in effectively preparing for the upcoming exams (i.e. issuance of exam permits, release of the exams timetable etc.)
  2. The state of the College in regards to its infrastructure and how it affects student welfare. Though it should be noted that there has been significant improvement.
  3. Preparations for the next Semester student activities as the current student leadership prepares to hand over.
  4. Prospects and opportunities that can be provided to students that will be graduating from the College. (i.e. internship/job opportunities).

Students from the College of Computing and IS met with Mr. Linus Wamanya (Innovations Desk Officer) and Mr. Frank Kabushenga (Accountant, Editorial Dept.) from the New Vision Group team together with Mr. Paul Bakaki (Lecturer, Team Leader) and Grace Kamulegeya (Lecturer, Business mentor) from the College to do a demo presentation and discuss the way forward regarding the ERP system they are developing for New Vision Group.

The ERP System is an editorial and design house enterprise resource planning management and monitoring system. The software developed will let a user sign on to different systems and applications using the same password. The software will make it easy for New Vision Group to control and keep track of which systems and resources each user has access to and provides consistent standards for creating and changing passwords.  But the major aim of this project is to improve on: 

EFFICIENCY 

  • Quick production of contributions and reporters’ performance reports across the board.
  • Quick processing of transport facilitation for reporters with clear indication on amount based on destination.
  • Enhance productivity due to universal cost and expense sharing within staff.
  • High and easy fraud detection within the company.
  • Detection of staff performance and place of assignment.

OUTPUT- INPUT OF REPORTERS:

  • Effectively monitor usage of facilitation rate cards across content gathering SBUs.
  • Ensure value for money for every commissioned assignment with their respective facilitation.
  • Ease appraisal which can be done at one minute.

COST SAVING

  • Save on paper usage, by adopting an online requisition system to replace the current system that involves manually signing on papers.
  • Ensure that standard rates for contributions payment and facilitation are correctly applied across the board. This will save money by checking errors and the exorbitant rates paid out.
  • Offer official story count commission per story/picture, video and audio published on TV, Radio, Magazines, Newspapers, and online publications.

Upon conclusion of the presentation all the parties agreed that by 30th Jan 2017 the system should be up to date and running. All changes that were recommended e.g.  the notifications and reports summary per section should be fully operational before the system is officially handed over to New Vision.

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