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;
- 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.)
- 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.
- Preparations for the next Semester student activities as the current student leadership prepares to hand over.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
We take this opportunity to welcome all colleagues from the festive season and
wish everyon e a productive 2 017 . On behalf of College Management I send our
deepest condolences to colleagues who lost their dear ones in 2016. May their
souls rest in eternal peace. For those who had different forms of achievements
e .g. promotions, Successfully completed their studies, confirm ation into
service, married , got babies etc. We congratulate you.
As we start the new year, we would like to sincerely thank you for the hard
work and commitment to diligently serve the College and the University in
2016 and urge all of us to continue with that spirit. The team work spirit
exhibited last year a midst numerous challenges especially among the HODs,
Deans and other College leaders was impressive. We can only move the College
forward when we all work as a team and each individual makes a contribution
towards realizing the dream College we want. I therefore take this moment to
challenge all of us to individually make a reflection on what each of us did in
2016 that led to value addition in the development of the College and the
Makerere University entered into a partnership with The MasterCard Foundation to offer scholarships to 1,000 academically bright but economically disadvantaged youth from Africa to study at Makerere University from 2013 to 2023.
The project is aimed at developing the next generation of African leaders and contribute to Africa's higher education sector and development and is implemented under the leadership of the Planning and Development Directorate (PDD).
The College of Computing and IS under the Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD) has several strategies which include assisting government and other institutions to enhance the ICT skills of the youth. By engaging the Planning and Development Directorate (PDD), the CiPSD has embarked on training 200 students under the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. The successful students are currently undergoing training in ICDL (International Computer Driving License) scheduled to end 19th November 2016.
The 2016-17 Big Ideas Contest Information session was conducted on Wednesday 12th October in the Incubation Lab, Block B, at the College of Computing and IS.
Big Ideas is an innovation contest that provides funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students who have creative solutions to address important social challenges. Since its founding in 2006, the competition has inspired over 1,300 student-led projects aimed at solving the world's most pressing problems.
Ms. Deborah Naatujuna, Engagement Manager, Resilient Africa Network (RAN) and her team of interns conducted the two hour session that attracted approximately 50 students. They exchanged information about the available opportunities and advantages students would receive i.e.
- Chance to win up to $18,000,
- Extensive feedback from judges,
- Access to proposal writing, budgeting,
- Skills development workshops,
- 6-week mentorship period for finalist teams etc.
Also mentioned were the various categories one could compete in i.e.
- Financial Inclusion,
- Food Systems,
- Global Health,
- Hardware for Good, and
- Scaling up Big Ideas.
A previous winner and a current intern at RAN, Ms. Grace Nakibaala shared with participants her innovation the No Touch Pedal Tap: A free standing tap connection achieved by modifying the existing water tap system to create a no touch, cost effective solution. This is taking the tippy tap to another level to improve hand hygiene both in medical facilities and general public by removing the fear of contracting infection from touching the tap thus infection prevention and control. It is a free standing tap connection, an accessory that can be fitted on any tap anywhere.
Universities in US Agency for International Development’s Higher Education Solutions Network (College of William and Mary, Duke University, Makerere University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, Texas A&M University, University of California, Berkeley and Makerere University) are all eligible to compete in the 5 mentioned categories.
All that is required for one to participate is submission of a 3 page pre-proposal by 16th November 2016