CIT research agenda to accelerate development in the region

The School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) has successfully launched its Research Agenda aimed at providing computing and informatics solutions for development in Uganda, the region and beyond. CIT’s four research groups; Artificial Intelligence (AI), Development Informatics (DI), Wireless Networks & Systems Security (WN&SS) and Software & Enterprise Engineering (S&EE) will address the ongoing national and global challenges like climate change, food security, health and education.

Speaking at the launch of the Research Agenda and Exhibition at the College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University on 2nd December, 2011, Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) said the research conducted by these groups will provide solutions to our national social-economic challenges.

“As Government, we derive a lot of pleasure when our own institutions of higher learning exhibit their finished and ongoing projects and innovations. It shows they are dynamic and can help the country cope with the changes that are taking place in the world,” he noted adding that;

“I call upon the various stakeholders to appreciate and make use of what the School of Computing and Informatics Technology has researched into and transformed into solutions for the national social-economic problems experienced by Uganda, the region and beyond. I commend their efforts and I assure them that we shall provide all the support we can garner to ensure that together we finally solve some of the stickiest challenges to the development of our nation.”

Rugunda explained that the newly developed “National IT Policy” would among others mobilize funds for research and dissemination in some universities, encourage joint research and dissemination efforts between the private sector and the universities, encourage industries to set up research and dissemination centres at university level through matching grants and focused joint projects.

Rugunda was represented by Dr. David Turahi, an official from the Ministry of ICT. Dr. Josephine Nabukenya, the dean CIT said these research groups will work with several government entities to transform Uganda using ICTs and thus accelerate development. “In the past, the government’s efforts have been impeded by limited human resources in the ICT sector but we pledge that the School of Computing and Informatics Technology is ready to fill this gap by nurturing experienced researchers ready to contribute to the country’s development agenda,” she added.

CIT is also working with national, regional and international partners like Uganda Communication Commission (UCC), the National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) National Agricultural Research Organization, the University of Nairobi, University of Dar-es-salaam, University of Bergen, University of Groningen, Microsoft, Google and many others.

The function was attended by Mr. Godfrey Mutabazi of UCC, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police plus officials from Bank of Uganda, government ministries, departments and agencies and Makerere University.