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Dr. Seog-Soo Han (President, KERIS), Ms. Boseon Kim Chief, (Global Cooperation Section, KERIS) and Mr. Taehun Kwon (Researcher, KERIS) met with a delegation from the College of Computing and IS that comprised of Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello-Obura (Principal), Agnes Semwanga Rwashana (Deputy Principal), Assoc. Prof. Gilbert Maiga (Dean, SCIT), Dr. William Kiyingi (Dean, EASLIS), Dr. Evelyn Kigozi Kahiigi (HOD, IT), Assoc. Prof. Engineer Bainomugisha (HOD, CS), and Mr. Charles Halonda-Funa Communications Officer. Also in attendance was a representative from the Ministry of Education and Sports, Uganda.

The objective of the visit was to

  1. Exchange first-hand experiences and insights on both countries’ ICT-based education and research information services.
  2. Expand and consolidate the network of global cooperation between KERIS and partner countries, especially with Higher Education institutions.

The Korea Education & Research Information Service or KERIS, is a governmental organization under the South Korean Ministry of Education that develops, proposes, and advises on current and future government policies and initiatives regarding education in South Korea. Its current focus is on the development of ICT in educational systems in Korea and abroad and works closely with international organizations such as the World Bank and UNESCO to assist other nations in developing or improving their own ICT infrastructure and implementation. In addition to policy, KERIS provides educators and the public with educational services such as the National Education Information Service (NEIS, http://neis.go.kr) the Research Information Service System (RISS, http://riss.kr) the National Education Service System (EDUNET, http://edunet.net), and Korea Open CourseWare (KOCW, http://kocw.net)The stated mission of KERIS is to develop human resources through e-Learning, regain public trust in education, lay a foundation for a knowledge and information-based society by activation of eLearning, and to enhance national education and research competitiveness through academy digitalization. It works towards these goals by being involved in multiple ongoing tasks and projects.

Both delegations agreed on

  1. Finding better ways to further develop the Education Support Project using Solar Powered Internet School Project currently in the demo phase at Makerere College School, Natete.
  2. Fostering teachers’ capabilities for the 21st digital age by conducting training workshop here in Uganda.
  3. Setting a technical team with members from CoCIS and KERIS and find ways to explore the current MOU that was signed by both Ministry of Education in Korea and Ministry of Education and Sports in Uganda.

The orientation for the first year students at the College of Computing and Information Science was held on 29th August 2016 at CoCIS (Block B, Level 2, Big Lab). The orientation was meant to inform the students of the basic guidelines of the University as well as ask questions and share experiences. The event was attended by Lecturers, Administrators and Students leaders.

Prof. Constant Okello-Obura

The Principal Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello-Obura encouraged the students to diversify in the activities they are involved in within their tenure at the University by cooperating with the student leaders. He also advised the students to report any cases of Sexual harassment as well as refrain from asking for favors in exchange for relationships. Security of the University was guaranteed but warned to be students to always be vigilant.

“Terrorism is real”, the Principal said, “Be vigilant and love your College like you love yourself, for a prosperous future” he added.

The Deputy Principal Dr. Agnes S. Rwashana encouraged the female students in the College not to feel intimidated and put their best foot forward in attaining quality education. She also advised them to report any cases of Sexual harassment though their Class representatives and Student leaders.

The Bursar, Mr. Elwana Tom Vok advised the students to pay their tuition in time to avoid cases of tuition theft. The bursar also advised the students to pay tuition from any branch in Uganda to avoid travelling with the cash because anything might happen before the students arrive at University. He advised the first year students not to try forgery of any kind of documents for it shall lead to dismissal if noticed.

The Registrar, Mr. Patrick Babanga PFeni, advised the students who wanted to change courses to make haste and visit the respective offices at Senate Building. He also advised the students to wait for their university identity cards which show that they are registered with the University.

The Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic development (MFPED), through the Competitiveness and Investment Climate Strategy (CICS) secretariat, in partnership with the College of Computing and Information Science (COCIS) held a stakeholders meeting on 20th July 2016 to discuss the prospects of setting up an Innovation and Incubation Centre within the Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development at College of Computing and IS, Makerere University. The objective of the Innovation and Incubation Centre is to provide a vehicle for nurturing talent in products development using ICT/BPO.

The Principal, Assoc. Prof Constant Okello Obura welcomed the stakeholders to the meeting and thanked the students that came up with the idea of an Innovation and Incubation Center as well as highlighting that the College was moving in the right direction towards solving national challenges.

“Let’s give our best ideas to have a successful centre to ensure there are no failures since most startups have failed because of poor planning.” The Principal said.

The students then presented a synopsis of the entire idea by defining what the Innovation and Incubation Centre’s operational and organizational structure, sustainability plan and its monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. The centre will mentor creative developers interested in finding solutions to the many challenges faced in the country.

Dr. Peter Ngategize, the National Coordinator at the Ministry of Finance urged the group to focus on Education, Health and Agriculture. He further urged the team to focus on the productivity of the idea in making business and requested the College to identify talented students early and nurture them.

The presentations aroused a lot of reactions from the audience and the major concern was on the sustainability of the Centre. The students were advised to dig deeper into why previous Centre’s have failed but also pick a leaf from the success stories of internationally based Innovation and Incubation Centre’s.

Mr. Acer Godfrey, a Board member of the National Planning Authority advised the students to avoid duplication and overlap of ideas and mandate protectionism to save time.

Mr. Martin Ssekajja, the Deputy Director ICT for Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) urged the team to be market oriented and to not only engage the private sector but the Government as well.

Students from Lake View Secondary School, Jinja visited the College of Computing and Information Science on 21st July 2016 as part of an ICT tour to Makerere University. The students toured the facilities of the College (i.e. Block B) and got the opportunity to see the lecture halls and computer labs.

Mr. Charles Halonda-Funa, the Communications officer at the College was the tour guide and provided the students with the necessary information about the courses offered at the College. He encouraged the students to work hard and attain the grades required to get admitted at Makerere University since admission to the University is very competitive. He also encouraged their teachers to continue sensitizing the students on ICT since all professions use it.

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