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Message from the Director of CiPSD

Barbara Nalubega

The Centre for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CIPSD) is a highly regarded unit in Makerere University and plays a significant role in providing individuals with practical computer knowledge and skills to support a 21st century knowledge-based economy.The centre strategically offers training that is responsive to the needs of the society. This is achieved through tailoring courses towards what the industry demands. The Centre has been at the forefront to assist government and other organizations to build human capacity with various ICT skills. The Centre has the capacity to enroll 5000 students per annum because it has large-sized computer laboratories with a 500-seater capacity.

The CIPSD’s mission is two-fold:1) to offer ICT professional skills development and incubation of new ideas, as well as, nurture new technology-based businesses; and 2) to augement theortical computing knowledge among individuals and ground them with relevant professional ICT skills for industries. For example, under Prof. Hugh Cameron’sleadership and our Software Business Incubation programme, the centre has incubated over 150 startups, 15 of which  have been investible since 2010. Many spinoffs include Kampala startup hubs such as Hive Colab, Mobile Monday, Outbox, Mara Launchpad, and Grameen Applab. Other accomplishments comprise two published refereed conference articles on business incubation at Makerere university, Global Business Labs 2011–2016 (Inter-college collaboration: CoBAMS-CoCIS (Global Business Labs), CEDAT-CoCIS (Software Business incubation), Resilient Africa Network (incubation), ThoughtWorks (Uganda) 2012–2014 and UCC 2013–2014 (training).

The centre provides first class training and consultancy services, as well as delivers state-of the-art training in Microsoft IT Academy Program for Microsoft related courses, Digital literacy, International Computer Driving License course, Oracle Certified Training courses and GIS Training among others; on the ICDL program, we are proud to have trained 500 SMES in 2018, which training was sponsored by UCC, whereas the Master Card Foundation gave us a boost by entrusting us with the responsibility of training 482 scholars which training was executed with excellence and completed in the financial year 2021/2022. Suffice to note also is the fact that since 2016 the Centre has trained over 2200 undergraduate students during the recess term and through free trainings dubbed free short trainings for all who are eligible as a way of giving back to the community ( CSR)   .

As an authorized Global Testing Centre, the unit hosts the Pearson VUE, Prometric, and Kryterion as well as ICDL, IC3 and ISACA/ PSI certification examinations. The professionals from all over East and Central Africa sit their international exams in this centre because we are a strong and credible unit with a successful  track record of more than twenty years.