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.
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.
The IDLEL07 conference on Open Source solutions was held from 22nd to 24th August at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort. The theme of the conference was Open source solutions for open government and open data in Africa. The primary goal of IDLELO7 is to increase the awareness, integration and adoption of free and open source software (FOSS) in Africa within the theme emphasizing how such Free and Open Source solutions are being used to achieve Open Data and Open Government frameworks. This entails promoting Open Source software sharing in Africa.
The speakers included; Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister for ICT and National Guidance. The minister said that the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance had prioritized research and innovation as one of the key areas of focus of the medium and long term. The minister also presented the ICT sector strategy and investment plan priorities innovation to create a systematic and enabling environment for the advancement of FOSS.
Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, the minister of Science, Technology and Innovation presented on the role of FOSS in fostering science related software to the real-world problems and research and development is essential, and the government was committed to this. He also said that Software Development is young but with a gross potential
Nnenna Nwakanma; the Africa Regional Director Web Foundation from Ghana also presented on Open data for sustainable Development in Africa. She shared the confluence of Open things – Open Governance, Open Data, Open Solutions and tasked Uganda to join Open Data Partnership. She also encouraged young people to go past developing apps to providing solutions, for local problems and encouraged women and girls get into ICT and innovation
Seun Ojedeji, a member of the Free and open source software foundation Africa (FOSSFA) recognized that NITA-U has a role in drafting the nationwide FOSS policies. He also recognized communities like; COSIS, ILICIT Africa, Outbox, UN Global Pulse Lab, Women of Uganda Network, Incubation Labs MUK. He also officially invited NITA-U to become a FOSSFA Member. Mr. Seun announced the host of IDLELO8 as Durban, South Africa.
Other speakers included Mr. James Saaka, the Executive director of the National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U),Linnet Kwamboka, the CEO of Data Science Kenya, James Wire from CURED limited Uganda and Professor Patrick Mangeni, a former NITA-U board member.
The conference was organized by the Ministry of ICT and National guidance in partnership with NITA Uganda, Huawei, the Free and open source software foundation Africa (FOSSFA), Makerere University.
The National ICT Workshop for Secondary School Head Teachers was held from 10th to 11th August 2016 at the Makerere University Main Hall. The conference was organized by Makerere University, College of Computing and Information Science (CoCIS), the National Information Technology Authority - Uganda (NITA-U) and the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES). The training was meant to improve ICT skills and attitudes required of head teachers to effectively integrate ICT in education management and achievement of high quality imperatives of secondary school education in Uganda.
The workshop was presided over by several dignitaries namely; Prof. B. Nuwange, Deputy Vice Chancellor (F&A), Makerere University, Dr. A. Rwashana, Deputy Principal, CoCIS, Dr. R. Nassali Lukwago the Guest of Honor, Permanent Secretary MoES, Dr. Y. K. Nsubuga, Commissioner Secondary Education – MoES and Dr. Frederick Kitoogo, Director Planning, Research & Development, NITA (U).
The workshop intended to harness the potentials of ICT to achieve the goal of inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all. The workshop also provided a platform for high level policy dialogue and knowledge sharing on how to effectively and efficiently integrate ICTs into secondary education.
Dr. Nsubuga remarked that over 1037 computer labs will be constructed for Secondary schools under the UCC, MoES, and NITA (U) partnership and that retooling of 300 Secondary school teachers in ICT during the school holidays was currently underway. In addition, he encouraged teachers to register with the web portal built by MoES (www.tmins.go.ug)
The conference also focused on ICT policies for education, equipment’s and applications for school records and information management, ICT for teaching and learning in secondary schools, ICT capabilities in the classroom etc.
The workshop had approximately 45 Secondary school Head teacher’s in attendance from various districts namely Kampala, Gulu, Bushenyi, Masaka etc.
In conclusion, the conference and training workshop is to continue contributing in setting up students for success in an increasingly smart connected world with increasing and committed support from the partners that sponsored the workshop i.e. MoES, NITA (U), and CoCIS.
Prof. Constance Obura-Okello (Principal, College of Computing and IS) together with Mr. Bernard Kirk (Co-Founder, Africa Code Week), Dr. Jonathan Serugunda, (Lecturer, College of Engineering, Design, Art & Technology), and Mr. Paul Bakaki (HOD, Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development) met to discuss the Africa Code Week initiative.
Africa Code Week (ACW) is an initiative to empower future generations with the coding tools and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century workforce and become key actors in Africa's economic development. In 2016 it is planned that for 1 week, 30 African countries will have 1000+ coding workshops involving 150,000 children and youths across the continent.
“In the knowledge sharing age we live in, skilled volunteering is the key for large-scale initiatives such as ACW”
Claire Gillessen-Duval; SAP, founding member and Global Lead ACW
The College of Computing and IS has been selected by Africa Code Week as a partner in this initiative to give some of its students the opportunity to participate this year. The programme itself is a half day workshop where students will participate alongside the 1500+ other students across Africa. The dates for ACW in Uganda are not yet finalized as well as the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the relevant partners.
The other Uganda partners; Makerere University, College of Engineering, Design, Art & Technology (CEDAT), ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) and Women In Technology Uganda (WITU) are delighted to bring ACW to Uganda and are look at tentative dates of October 15th – 23rd 2016 to implement and tackle the countries digital skills gap.