ICDL Africa Ltd.
Makerere University College of Computing and IS partnered with ICDL Africa to create the largest accredited ATC and ICT Training Centre in Uganda.
The ICDL (International Computer Driving Licence) programme defines the skills and competencies necessary to use a computer and common computer applications. It offers a wide range of modules (Base, Intermediate and Advanced) and is suitable for students and all professionals.
The Cisco Networking Academy
The College of Computing and IS ( CoCIS has had a partnership with the netacad program/The Cisco networking Academy for nearly 20 years having started out in 2003.
In the years between 2004 to 2012 we experienced growth in student numbers never seen before in the whole of the EMEAR region and received multiple awards and accolades one being the best Cisco networking academy in Africa and the EMEAR.
Under the netacad partnership, we have been offering self-paced courses such as Introduction to Internet of Things (IoT) and Entrepreneurship as well as other Instructor led courses that include IT Essentials , CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional), Cyber Security Essentials , CyberOps Associate, Programming Essentials in Python which courses are still doing quite well irrespective of the fact that we started 20 years ago .
Furthermore, we have just introduced Programing Essentials in C++ and Programming Essentials in C as short professional courses in a bid to inculcate more specific knowledge in learners that have had poor grasp of programming yet they need the skill now rather than later.
Over the years the Cisco networking academy offers our students discounted vouchers to sit the international certification exams especially CCNA 200-301, Comptia A+ and on a few occasions Cyber Ops and CCNP. We are forever grateful for these vouchers. It not only ends at that, the Academy management offers travel opportunities abroad, which opportunities have provided us with exposure and a chance to improve on our best practices as instructors and Academy leads .
In Uganda the CoCIS networking Academy plays four critical roles: i) Identifying institutions and on boarding them as new Cisco networking academies across the country in an attempt to grow the netacad program in Uganda.
ii) It also provides technical Instructor training support to new and existing academies in terms of training new instructors as well as retooling already existing ones on newest trends in technology since it is mandated to serve as the ITC (Instructor Training Centre).
iii) Thirdly it serves as an ordinary training institution. ( Cisco Networking Academy)
iv) And lastly it serves as an Academy Support Centre to other academies who may want to conduct open day sessions, showcase the type of equipment CCNP trainees interact with, retraining of instructors for academies with abrupt gaps ( ie where previously existing technical man power is no longer available as people move on or embrace new opportunities outside the netacad program.
Suffice to also is the fact that in 2019 the ASC worked in collaboration with Kampala University Cisco networking academy and trained over 3,000 students in central and western Uganda in self-paced IoT as well as Instructor led CCNA using a Cisco grant worth 11,000 USD received for purposes of training learners in remote areas: This was a creative action that led to the Cisco Networking Academy EMEA&APAC giving us 5 awards, financial assistance in form of air tickets etc to travel abroad and receive the awards as well as a donation of 12 Cisco devices worth over 200 million shillings.
Below are some of the awards received in 2019
Huawei ICT Academy
Huawei ICT Academy at the Centre is a partnership between Huawei and Academies around the world. Through this partnership, Academy delivers Huawei ICT technologies training, encourages students to get Huawei certification, and develops talents with practical skills for the ICT industry and the community.
So far so many have trained and certified under the Huawei ICT Academy.
In the first year of partnerhip with regard to this academy in 2019, 400 out of 600 certified in the (HCIA).. Huawei Certified ICT Associate.
In this Picture, Cocis-Makerere University students who studied under the Huawei ICT Academy receive awards after they had won one of the top prizes at the recently concluded 2021-2022 Huawei Global ICT Competition in South Africa.
Teams from the southern Africa region exuded great success in the competition which took an entire year and attracted 150,000 students from 85 countries all over the world. Different teams won various categories of prizes namely; two grand prizes, four first prizes and three second prizes.
This 2021-2022 ICT Competition’s awards and closing ceremonies were held in South Africa first to cater for the African region, then in Shenzhen, China on June 25th, 2022 with 130 teams from 43 countries competing fiercely. The grand prize was taken by Nigeria ABU and Nigeria University of Port Harcourt.
Uganda was represented by nine students- six from the network track (Makerere University),
and three from cloud track (Muni University).
Nigeria ABU, Uganda’s Makerere University (team 1 and 2) and Kenya’s Kenyatta University (Innovation competition) scooped prizes as well .The success of the competition highlighted the resilience of Southern Africa students in the world competition platform.
The presidents and ministries of various countries praised Huawei, which inspired young Africans to learn ICT technologies.
The Huawei ICT Competition is an ICT talent exchange program developed globally for universities, colleges and TVET students. It aims at promoting the healthy development of the ICT talent ecosystem and supporting the integration of industry and education.
Launched in the African region just six years ago, the competition has developed into the largest ICT skills competition in Africa and the world at large.
In May, 2022, Huawei, the leading ICT global solutions provider, awarded the 2021 Seeds for the Future Finalists and the 2021-2022 Huawei Regional ICT Competition finalists.
Under the theme of “Connection, Glory, Future”, the nine month long Huawei ICT competition for Sub Saharan Africa was finalized on 19th February, 2022 with over 16 countries and 38 teams sitting for written and laboratory exams. The competition attracted over 15,000 participants from Sub-Saharan Africa from 500 universities.
Globally, the Huawei ICT Competition 2021 covered over 83 countries worldwide, with 150 000 contestants from more than 2,000 universities and colleges.
Huawei Uganda Public Relations Director, Gaojian said, “Huawei Uganda approached over 15 universities and interested them in the 2021 ICT Competition. We registered 750 students and opened for them our free online learning platforms in the various courses of Network and cloud. The network track consists of Datacom, Security and Wireless Lan while Cloud track consists of Artificial intelligence, Big Data, Cloud Computing and Storage. These studied and were subjected to preliminary exams, national exams and Regional exams where we attained the first and second position.”
According to the company, Huawei has, over the past two decades, helped advance the ICT skills of more than 80,000 people across the sub-Saharan Africa region. In doing so, it says it has helped increase youth employability and bridge the gender gap in the ICT industry. Huawei itself is an employer of choice in the region. Its subsidiaries in 9 Sub-Saharan African countries earned the Top Employer seal in 2021.
With a series of talent ecosystem campaigns in Sub Saharan Africa, including the ICT competition, Huawei hopes to skill up more than 700,000 ICT professionals by 2023.
Seeds for the Future program
Since 2008 Huawei’s Seeds for the Future program has been giving opportunities to study technology and culture in China.
In 2016, Uganda started participating in the Seeds for the Future program, and in the year 2018 four (4) Makerere University students; Patra, Belinda, Kasumba, and Obbo Peter together with MUNI University students Gerald, and Andrew, plus Lira University students Hilda and Busitema University’s Cosmas traveled to China for a 2 weeks study trip in Beijing and Shenzhen.
In 2019, Five (5) Makerere students, Daniel K., Ekisa Rodney, Allan Abila, Raphael Abila, and Mark Rugumabajjulu were joined by two (2) Muni University students Desire Akampulira, Emma Byamugisha, with two (2) Lira University students Kagame Thomas, Deborah Atwine plus Gulu university student Irene Nakabugo to fly to China for the Seeds for Future Program.
In 2020, 2021, and 2022 the program has gone online due to CoVID 19
The e-VBAB Network Project (e-VidyaBharati and e-AarogyaBharati Network Project) will offer tele-education and telemedicine services from India to African countries through a specially developed web-based platform hosting two separate portals. The initiative will offer courses from several Indian Universities with CoCIS as the learning center in Uganda for tele-education.
The Government of India, under the Third India-Africa Summit commitments, announced 15,000 scholarships for students and professionals in Africa to pursue courses offered by premier Indian institutions in emerging areas. The initiative will span over the next five years and offer certifications, diplomas, undergraduate, and postgraduate degree courses.
There have been two intakes so far whereby over 300 Ugandans were enrolled in the July 2020 intake and over 500 applied in January 2021 intake. For the year 2022, there have been 1004 applicants.
For more information please visit: https://ilearn.gov.in/
About the eVBAB project
The first phase of this project, called “Pan African e-Network Project (PAeNP)” was conceived by former President of India Late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Govt. of India designated Telecommunications Consultants India Limited TCIL as implementing agency for the project. The project was launched in 2009 and was successfully concluded on 30th Sept. 2017. The network provided education through telecommunication links (MPLS/IPLC/satellite based) between Universities in India with Universities in Africa.
Subsequent to completion of this project, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Govt. of India, visited Uganda to launch a technologically set up state of art e-VBAB Network Project to continue providing E-learning services to Ugandans for another 5 years. TCIL has been designated as the implementing agency for the e-VBAB Network project also and an agreement to this effect was signed between TCIL and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Govt. of India on 10th September 2018. MEA, GOI, is a strategic controller and end client for this project. The e-VBAB Network Project is to meant to provide good quality& effective education through web portals to the students in Uganda for the next 5 years.
Makerere University, College of Computing and Information Sciences
Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences is one of the largest computing and ICT training, information science, research and consultancy colleges in Africa. It cuts across as a world class College and has maintained its place as an icon of excellence on the continent. It is committed to delivering excellent services in the area of Computing, Library, Records and Information Sciences and attracts both local and international students. CoCIS boasts of great state-of-the-art infrastructure including lecture theaters, giant computer laboratories, specialized computer laboratories and a college library. Its three buildings ( Block A, Block B and Block C ) can accommodate over 10,000 students in one sitting. The college is an active centre for Research and Outreach activities .
The university was nominated as a partner university in the project by supporting tele-education services through a web-based platform after it had successfully implemented the Pan African e-Network Project. The role of the University is crucial to the success of the project. The aim of this initiative is to share Indian expertise in the fields of tele-education through web-based infrastructure with the African countries in order to accelerate socio- economic development in Africa.
The Learning Center
Being that Makerere is implementing the tele-education services, a learning center was set up by the eVBAB project at the Makerere University, College of Computing and Information Sciences. The Learning Center has a Computer Lab that will be used as an examination room and a multimedia room that is used as a classroom for students to attend classes.
The learning center is equipped with computers, TV monitor, audio systems, cameras, Internet connection which are essential for providing tele-education services and ensuring integrity of the examination process.
The Learning center was inaugurated on Friday, 12th November 2021. The centre was officially commissioned by the Indian Minister of state for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs Hon.V. Muraleedharani and Uganda’s Minister of State for Higher Education Hon. Dr. John Chrysestom Muyingo . The two dignitaries were flanked by The Ugandan High Commissioner to India, the Vice Chancellor Makerere university, Prof. Barnabas Nwangwe, the Principal CoCIS Prof. Tonny Oyana and the Head –Centre For innovations and Professional Skills Development –CoCIS.
Other CoCIS members of staff, the media also graced the occasion. Furthermore the minister was also accompanied by the High Commissioner of India to Uganda H.E Ajay Kumar, the Joint Secretary for Eastern and Southern Africa Mr. Puneet Kudal,the Deputy Secretary Mr. Chandru A, the undersecretary Dr. Prakash Shelat and the second secretary Mr Sanjeev Kumar Goel among others. Hon V. Muraleedharani said the (e-VBAB) project had already started offering free online classes in the previous two intakes in the year 2020. “This learning center will help facilitate the registered students in conducting examinations with online programs and any program in providing tele-educational services. This marks the beginning of a successful journey of many Ugandans benefiting from free online education from prestigious Indian universities.” “India’s cooperation with partner countries lay a lot of emphasis on education, training and capacity building. These programs have been piloted in countries in a developing mode. E-VBAB is yet another initiative by government of India in that direction”, the hon. Minister stated. The Minister thanked Makerere University for providing a suitable place for the e- learning facility so that Ugandans can benefit from the free education services sponsored by the Government of India. He also thanked Uganda’s Minister of State for Higher education for being personally present and being part of the inauguration ceremony.
Uganda’s State Minister for Higher Education Hon. Dr. John Chrysestom Muyingo described the launch as another milestone in the new era of digital migration at Makerere University.
Hon. Muyingo thanked Makerere University Management for embracing new technologies and upon the launch of the e – learning Centre. The minister said, the commissioning of this centre will help the Ministry realize one of its key mandates which is the expansion of access to quality Higher Education to all Ugandans that will enable students access world class facilities at affordable rates.
“This facility will allow our students to have a more holistic education supported by ICT and reliable internet connectivity. It has become impossible to separate ICT from the teaching and learning process in this century. Mainstreaming of technology is therefore something which we have been working towards over time. The outbreak of COVID 19 and the consequent lockdown only underlined the urgency of our transition from the physical classroom to the virtual space. I therefore thank the Government of India for its continued support to Uganda’s Education Sector over the years”, Minister Muyingo said.
The minister hailed the Government of India for her generosity and offering scholarships to the Ugandan citizens,noting that the ministry was looking forward to receiving even more of these in the future since Uganda has a lot to learn from India which is among the fastest growing economies in the world.
“Globalization has brought the world closer than ever before. Prosperity in one part of the world cannot last long if it is contained to only a few citizens. It is therefore important that we build partnerships that will draw on expertise from across the board and ensure that any positive outcomes are shared by all of us. Projects like EVBAB help us to realize these goals and I hope that we shall continue expanding its reach”, Hon Muyingo appreciated.
Minister Muyingo said Uganda’s scientists were working tirelessly to develop a vaccine for COVID 19 and requested that India avails Ugandan Universities opportunities for partnerships to share best practices and enrich the country’s research efforts on grounds that India’s health sector remains among the most vibrant world over.
The Vice Chancellor Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe welcomed the guests to Makerere University, one of the oldest and largest universities on the African continent adding that the University will be celebrating 100 years of excellent service to humanity starting next year.
“To me the launching of this centre is part of the celebrations to mark the 100 years. So, you have really given us a good gift to celebrate our 100 years. Makerere University is collaborating with several institutions in India in different areas by the different colleges but in this particular instance, our collaborations have been mainly with Amity college but we are increasingly getting more Indian colleges and Universities interested in collaborating with us and we are promoting that collaboration, “, The Vice Chancellor said.
Prof. Nawangwe noted that ICT is now the future for the world and that any support rendered to the university as far as IT is concerned is extremely important.
“The good thing is that the centre you have donated is going to benefit not just Ugandans but many people around the African continent. We are set to be research led university and that is our next next strategy. So, the support that you have given is also going to enhance our research capacity as a university. We are aware that India is technologically advanced but also close to us and we would be very happy to collaborate more with institutions in India.
In research, I am aware you are advanced in space technology. We want to join you in advancing space technology and so we would request that you connect us to institution in India that are very key in IT, artificial intelligence and space technology so that we can work with them and advance these technologies in Uganda” Prof. Nawangwe asked.
The Principal, Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) Prof. Tonny Oyana thanked the government of India for setting up the state-of-the-art equipment and implored the government of India to deepen its collaboration with Makerere, saying the college has delivered over the last 15 years of the collaboration.
“I want us to deepen our relationship. I know India is a powerhouse as far as technology is concerned and we could do more as a college of computing and technology sciences. We have about 50 PhD level people in this college and I know that you have grown in satellite technology, in super computing, outsourcing and we want to learn a lot from you”, Prof. Oyana said.
The delegation was led to the center where a live demonstration was conducted on how a student takes an exam from a university in India. We used the examination system that was provided by Manipal University.
Achievements of the Project so far
- So far over 700 students have benefited from the scholarships provided under the project
- A learning Center has been installed at Makerere University
- A local coordinator for the project has been recruited
Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) and Amity University Uttar Pradesh (AUUP) partnered to offer undergraduate degree and Post graduate programmes related to ICT and business to Ugandans at subsidized rates.
This partnership has been in place since 2017and is still on going. We have two intakes per year : Ugandan students that prefer to study online have embraced the programmes fairly well. Many graduates have been churned out through this partnership which is a great achievement for us.
Crossroads Digital Multimedia Ltd
The college of Computing and IS partnered with the above company in early 2022.
We have potential to expand the programs under this partnership because well skilled staff from Crossroads Digital Multimedia Ltd are doing a great job for the students we have started the program with in 3D animation and 2D and 3D motion graphics.
Training takes place at Cocis while Internship takes place at CROSSROADS DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA LTD.
With Crossroads Animation studio we offer programs designed to evolve and cater for any budding artist’s needs and direction. The Training is project based, we can promise you a vocational, industry –focused learning experience, giving you the skills you need to graduate job-ready. https://crossroadsanimations.com/