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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.
Barclay Bank (U), BrighterMonday, Uganda, and the College of Computing and IS are partnering up to provide College students with the essential work skills, people skills, money skills and entrepreneurial skills that they will need to make them employable. These skills are to help students adapt from an academic based environment to a working environment.
ReadytoWork is to be launched on the 22nd and 23rd Sept 2016 at the College of Computing and IS. During the two days during students will be sensitized about the programme and get the opportunity to sign up for the 8 weeks training. The programme is free and online based (using computer, tablet or mobile platforms) but will also provide for weekly face to face interactions.
Upon completion successful students of the programme will be able to access internship/employment opportunities with industry partners (e.g. Airtel, Brighter Monday, British Council, IMG etc.). For addtional information visit the following link. ReadytoWork
The Participatory Road Infrastructure Monitoring in Kampala was held on the September 14, 2016 and hosted at the Software Systems Center, School of Computing and IT, Makerere University. The half day workshop attracted 25 participants with diverse backgrounds in the ICT industry.
As part of the agenda the participants introduced themselves and presentations on the Overview of road infrastructure monitoring project and Pilot crowdsourcing and visualization’s of road anomalies were facilitated by Mr. Isaac Oteyo and Mr. Moses Malele.
A walk through demonstration of the developed tools (i.e. the mobile app) followed with the use of 5 devices. The participants broke off into 5 groups of 5 during this session and received details instructions on how to use the app. The app was considered to be user friendly and although the software crashed on one of the devices, there were suggestions for the need of regular software upgrades should the app eventually be deployed.
The key objective of the workshop was the discussions and evaluation of the developed tools session. During this session several ideas were shared namely;
- Provide an SMS platform for users that are not able to afford smart phones but still want to participate in road infrastructure monitoring.
- Feedback format for users using the app (i.e. Thank you for sending the info.).
- Provide details description of the potholes captured. The collated data sets could be valuable to other authorities’ (i.e. Uganda Police Force, Uganda Revenue Authority etc.) who can use it for analysis.
To conclude, participants filled and submitted evaluation forms with feedback deemed important to the project.