Mak-CoCIS recognizes Prof. Baryamureeba as the Grandfather of College of Computing and Information Sciences (COCIS)

Mak-CoCIS recognizes Prof. Baryamureeba as the Grandfather of College of Computing and Information Sciences (COCIS)

Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (COCIS) on 30th September 2022 honored Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba as the father of College of Computing and Information Sciences (COCIS).

Prof. Baryamureeba was honored in his absence during the Open Day, Public Lecture, and Alumni Dinner organized by the College of Computing and Information Sciences (COCIS) as part of the celebrations to Mark the 100 years of Makerere University’s Service to humanity under the theme, “The Future of Computing and Information Sciences/services,”

The function was presided over by the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the keynote speaker and leading ICT Expert and Consultant DR. FF Tusibira, Mr. Micheal Niyitegeka Program Director Refactory at Clarke International University, and the Principal CoCIS Prof. Tonny Oyana among others.

Prof. Oyana said the college recognized those that served for a long time like the 1st Ph.D. students, those who witnessed CoCIS beginning, worked, and retired adding that without them, they would not be there.

“We are here today because of them. Prof. Baryamureeba is the grandfather of College of Computing and Information Information Sciences (COCIS). We are partly here because of him and we have to honor him. Thank you Prof. Barya for making it happen” Prof. Oyana said.

Baryamureeba was one of the five that the college honored during the ceremony.  Assoc. Prof. Benjamin Kanagwa of the Department of Networks for being an Icon of gaming innovation and Dr. Julianne Sansa Otim for outstanding research and innovations in the college.

Others were Dr. John Ngubiri one of the long-serving staff who witnessed the college evolve and has served to date and the Security Guard Mr. Wycliffe Tumuryamye who retired recently.

 About Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba

 

Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba

Prof. Baryamureeba is a Professor of Computer Science and holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, M.Sc. in Computer Science, Post Graduate Diploma in Analyzing Linear Programming Models, M.Sc. (Mathematics)-Coursework and B.Sc. (Hons) among other qualifications.

He served as Acting Vice-Chancellor from 1st November 2009 to 31st August 2012 and under his leadership, Makerere University restructured its academic programs, instituted financial and administrative reforms, restructured academic and administrative units into a collegiate system, opened two up-country university campuses, improved research output, the improved financial performance of the University, and improved the general image of the University propelling it to 3rd rank in Africa.

Prior to this, Prof. Baryamureeba was Director and later Dean of the Institute of Computer Science and Faculty of Computing and Informatics Technology respectively. He transformed the Institute from a small unit with one academic program, 28 students, and an annual budget of USD15,000 in 2001 into a faculty with 19 academic programs, over 5,000 students, and an annual budget of over USD7Million by September 2005. By the end of his tenure, the Faculty had a budget of over USD10Million; and graduated over 1,000 computing professionals annually.

By:

Jane Anyango,

Principal Communication Officer, CoCIS.

2 Comments

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  • I have worked in Makerere university Faculty of ICT when he was Dean in 2007, as consultant to implement Directory services call center. He was very nice and very knowledgeable. He deserves the recognition. Congratulations

    Dr Krishnan Umachandran Reply
  • He laid a strong foundation for the College from infrastructure development to innovation and human capacity development. He deserves the recognition. Congratulations Prof. Barya for this lifetime award.

    Drake Patrick Mirembe Reply

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