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The Uganda Library and Information Association (ULIA) is a professional organization that articulates the interests of the Library and Information profession in Uganda. The association was founded in 1972 as an offshoot from the East African Library Association (EALA) founded in 1957. The association grew out of a desire to express collective aspirations in regard to the development of the profession.
Some of the objectives and strategic plan for ULIA are the development of a reading culture; interventions into national, public and school library development; Information and Communication technology adoption and use by library and information networks; LIS curriculum development issues; continuing professional and career development for LIS professionals; engagement of government, civil society organizations and the media on challenges affecting the development of the Library and Information profession.
A handover ceremony was held on the 8th September 2016 for the outgoing executive (ULIA) to the new executive (ULIA). The previous executive was led by their President Prof. Constance Okello-Obura (Principal, CoCIS) accompanied by Mr. Simon Engitu (General Secretary, ULIA), and Ms. Winny Akullo Nekesa (Publicity Secretary).
In his speech, the President welcomed the new Executive and promised them good collaboration from him and all members of ULIA. He promised his availability whenever there’s need of any support from him and will to continue serving the association. As part of the handover ceremony some of the following were discussed and handed over accordingly;
- Current Association Constitution/By Laws/Standing Orders etc.
- Minute Books with minutes from all meetings since ULIA commenced.
- A list of important issues/projects, which need to be followed up or continued by the new executive.
- Books of Accounts for current and previous years.
- Cheques and Receipt books.
- ULIA Assets.
- Change of Signatories and any investment funds etc.
The new ULIA executive President Dr. Sarah Kaddu and her new team that was voted in also includes Mr. Nabongo Godfrey (Vice President), Mr. Charles Batambuze (Secretary General), Mr. Timu Godfrey (National Treasurer), and Ms. Winny Akullo Nekesa (Publicity Secretary). In her speech, she was honored to be the first female president of the association and committed to promoting unity among all ULIA members. She also pledged to work with all library associations’ countrywide to ensure an increase in the number of ULIA members.
To conclude, the outgoing executive members were handed certificates for their outstanding work during their term in office. The ceremony was capped off with a cocktail as they interacted amongst themselves for solutions on the way forward for ULIA.
Makerere University through the Office of the University Secretary embarked on a strategy to sensitize all university students about the new fees policy. This strategy gives both the University management and students the opportunity to interact regarding the new fees policy.
On the 21st September 2016, the College welcomed the University management team led by Mr. Stephen Kateega (Dean of Students) to meet and interact with the College students. The meeting was held in Block B, Big Lab, Level 2 and attracted approximately 600 students.
Briefly, the new fees policy states that new students pay 60% of their tuition fees (including functional fees) to receive an admission letter while continuing students must pay a commitment fee of 200,000 by the 6th week of the semester. Students that do not clear and adhere to the deadlines are fined 5% of the outstanding balance and 20,000 UgShs for late payment. Click here for details.
Other issues brought up for discussion based on the agenda circulated included; the collection of invoices from the College Accounts office; the CEMAS System and its implication for 1st year and continuing students; students sponsored by agencies collection of receipts from College Accounts office; Help desk on fees matters; balances brought forward from previous semesters; and any other fees related matters.
Students were advised to take note of the commitment fee deadline extension to the 6th week ending 30th September beyond which a fine of 20,000 UgShs arises. Students were also encouraged to know their rights and obligations so as to avoid the challenges of their University experience.
On closing the meeting Ms. Jackie Ayorekyire (Head, Revenue Collection Unit) noted the attentiveness of the students during the meeting, thanked them for attending and kindly requested that they pass on the message to those that could not make it.
WIMEA-ICT is a combined research and capacity building project funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development
Cooperation (Norad) under the NORHED (Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and
Research for Development) scheme. It is a cooperation between Makerere University in Uganda (host institution),
Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) in Tanzania, the University of Juba in South Sudan and the Geophysical
Institute of the University of Bergen.
To Assist Meteorological Services in increasing the number of Automatic Weather Stations( AWS) in Uganda, South
Sudan and Tanzania by designing, testing, and evaluating First Generation and 2nd Generation prototype robust AWS
in Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan.
A delegation from Inter-University Council East Africa (IUCEA) and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) that was comprised of Mr. Alvin Manko ICT, (Inter-University Council for East Africa), Ms. Karol Hahn (GIZ), Ms. Dorothy Weyler (DAAD), and Prof. Christophe Bobda (University of Arkinsas) visited the College of Computing and IS (CoCIS) to meet with Dr. Agnes Rwashana (Deputy Principal), Assoc. Prof. Gilbert Maiga (Dean, School of Computing and IT), Prof. Engineer Bainomugisha (Head of Department, Computer Science) and Dr. Benjamin Kanagwa, (Senior Lecturer) to discuss how the College could benefit from a collaboration with IUCEA - DAAD.
It should be noted that IUCEA has the following objectives
- Facilitate networking among universities in East Africa, and with Universities outside the region;
- Provide a forum for discussion on a wide range of academic and other matters relating to higher education in East Africa; and
- Facilitate maintenance of internationally comparable education standards in East Africa so as to promote the region's competitiveness in higher education.
Whereas DAAD is a private, federally funded and state-funded, self-governing national agency of the institutions of higher education in Germany that awards competitive, merit-based grants for use toward study and/or research in Germany at any of the accredited German institutions of higher education. In addition the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) specializes in the areas of economic development and employment; democracy and poverty reduction; health and social security; education, agriculture etc.
The agenda of meeting was for the IUCEA-DAAD team to get a better understanding of
- How the College of Computing and IS operates both academically and administratively (i.e. College organogram, number of staff and students, degree programs offered etc.);
- The challenges and achievements of College Research and other projects; and
- The challenges, benefits, achievements (areas of economic development) of the Software Incubation Center that is housed in the Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD) including any other centers e.g. Microsoft Incubation Center (MIC), Global Business Labs etc.
In conclusion, the IUCEA - DAAD team was highly impressed with the high student numbers, available facilities (lecture halls and computer labs), research (Artificial Intelligence, AI Lab), partnerships (Kampala City Council Authority, Uganda Police Force, National Information Technology Authority Uganda etc. Because of these achievements the IUCEA - DAAD team promised to look into ways of providing support to the College specifically in the areas of Information and Communication Technology.