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STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP IN PROGRESS

By Prossy Tulinomubezi

 

The College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) in collaboration with the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT) and the College of Education and External Studies (CEES) with other stakeholders from government and private sector have laid strategies for coming up with a winning proposal to be in position to receive funds from the World Bank Africa Center of Excellence (ACE) initiative.

This has been arrived at in the stakeholder’s consultative meeting for the Africa Center of Excellence in Information Technology and Engineering studies (ACE-ITES) held Tuesday July 14, 2015 at CoCIS.

Dr. Solange Uwituze , a representative of RUFORUM said funds will help in producing innovative and relevant graduates on the job market since they will cater for advanced specialized studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

“Given priority in areas of Science, technology, mathematics and engineering by the World Bank ACE initiative, this will not only help financially but also will help to produce quality graduates for the job market and bring about excellency in running of businesses,” Uwituze said

Dr Julianne Sansa-Otim said it will be achieved by creating open educational resources to empower several stakeholders to carry out relevant research within the region in areas of infrastructures that can improve the quality of education offered in universities.

“We need to put in place innovative e-Services, affordable communications infrastructures, energy systems to power the infrastructures which will contribute to improved education quality and poverty reduction, in e-Learning environment” Sansa said.

She adds that the initiative also tends to cater for 46.8% people in sub-Saharan Africa who leave below the poverty line.

Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello Obara, the principal CoCIS Asserts that working in a team, they will be in position to cater for the major areas in the project.

“Since we decided to take a lead after consultation with our partner RUFORUM, with a hand from the CEDAT and CEES, the aims of the project will be achieved,” Obura said.

Prof. Henry Alinaitwe, the principal CEDAT said that with a winning team, a clear proposal with a clear mission will be written which will win the project support.

“We should form a winning team, make a clear proposal with a mission which puts into account National priorities such s the vision and the National Development Plan thus contributing to the development of the nation at large,” Alinaitwe said.

Uwituze also advised the stakeholders to have the ability to develop both their internal and external partnerships.

“Focus needs to be put in areas of partnerships which must be based on trust, transparency and time along with staff capacity, learning paradigm and learning environment,” Uwituze said.

Dr. Gilbert Maiga, the dean School of Computing and Informatics Technologh (SCIT), said the way forward for the project is to re-constitute the team, get additional objectives and form a timeline which will direct the team on what to do at a particular time until the final proposal will be drafted.

Partners in the project include; RUFORUM, UCC, NITA-U, Internet Society of Uganda, Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers, UMEME, MTN, Huawei, MUNI University, U.M.I, Hive Colab, Outbox, Vodafone and Ericson among others.

The World Bank launched the Center of Excellence project at the 13th Association of African Universities Conference of Rectors, Vice-chancellors and Presidents of African Universities (COREVIP), which was held in Gabon’s capital Libreville with an aim of promoting regional specialization among participating universities and strengthen their ability to deliver quality training and research.

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Libraries should be equipped with Web 2.0

Written by Monday, 07 September 2015 13:22 Published in News Details comment

 

MR. MAXWELL OMWENGA PRESENTING

By Nyerere Geoffrey

 

Ugandan Libraries should be equipped with web 2.0 to improve service delivery and accessibility to users, Mr Maxwell Omwenga has said

Mr. Omwenga, the head Corporate Relations Office, website designer and administrator at the College of Computing and Information Sciences was speaking at the MIT workshop held at the College of Computing and Information Sciences

Mr. Omwenga said that, Web 2.0 has an array of dynamically generated Websites that allow information sharing between users which make it easy for users to access information easily from one another.

“Web 2.0 sites function as applications, or programs, that can be updated from any computer and therefore, since the sites have built-in editing functions (WYSIWYG) it is easy for users to contribute to the content of sites,” Omwenga said.

In his presentation, he says web 2.0 has a variety of tools that can help library users in communication and social networking.

“Web 2.0 can be applied for social networking sites that allow for, email, instant messaging, video- and photo- sharing and comment posting, and all these tools help library users to communicate and socialize with each other and staff,” he added.

Web 2.0 has key features such as instant messaging; streaming media, News Feeds and tagging that make it more preferable in library use.

The MIT workshop is a program where masters students from different selected universities in Africa undertaking library studies come together in a bid to improve their skills in library management.

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By: Jacky Achan

Kampala continues to gain the attention of academic researchers as a top African city rolling out more PHD graduates in the field of Computer Science than any other city in Africa outside of South Africa.

Professor Gregg Pascal Zachary of Arizona State University recently visited Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) to conduct a study on this development.

“I have had a long interest in studying the emergence of computer science as an academic discipline in research area in African cities” he said.

“Kampala is the leading cluster for computer science in the sub-Saharan Africa outside of South Africa and is home to more PHDs in Computer Science than any other city in Africa also outside of South Africa,” Zachary added.

He met with the Dean for the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) Dr. Gilbert Maiga at the College.

Prof. Zachary says 20-35 PHD graduates emerge in Computer Science that Makerere University and other Universities within Kampala graduates.

He says the PHD graduates in the field of Computer Science in Kampala are emerging as a powerful force that can help develop society and the country.

Prof. Zachary says his research focus is on how to sustain the PHD community to become progressive but it is still a work in progress.

Below: Professor Gregg Pascal Zachary of Arizona State University with the Dean for the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) Dr. Gilbert Maiga at Makerere University

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ASSOC. PROF. FREDDIE SSENGOOBA

By Nyerere Geoffrey

 

Scientists have been urged to collaborate with Policy makers to come up with policies that can help advance on weather information

Speaking at WIMEA-ICT workshop held at College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS)Makerere UnivsersityThursday June 25, 2015  Dr. Freddie Ssengooba, Associate Professor from the College of Health Sciences, Makerere University said that it is very vital for scientists already in the field to provide weather information to policy makers to enable them come up with policies intended to improve weather information and circulation in the country.

‘It is essential for the scientists to break down complex issues into essential facts that can be easily understood by the policy makers in formulating their policies,’ he said

Ms. Milly Nattimba asserted that researchers should evaluate alternative action for course in matters of policy making especially in providing weather information to people and provide recommendations for action.

‘Collecting data and never sending it to the public makes weather information useless, automatic weather stations can be attained quickly in areas where there is limited skilled labor for people to easily obtain weather information’ she added.

Nattimba added that there should be a public information strategy developed to guide the public on matters of weather information so that they can get weather information in the cheapest and best way possible.

The media has also been called upon to provide a platform for weather information to be carried and spread to the people

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MIT PARTICIPANTS POSE FOR A GROUP PHOTO

 

By: Jacky Achan & Prossy Tulinomubezi

Over 20 Librarians from select countries across Africa undertaking a Masters in Information Technology (MIT) have completed a two weeks research study at Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS).

Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello- Obura, the College Principal says the study is as result of a collaboration between Makerere University East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS), University of Pretoria and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee under the Master of Information Technology (MIT) Carnegie-supported programme.

“This training has boosted the knowledge base of the students who had to interact with professors from Makerere University and their supervisors from the University of Pretoria. We value and will continue the collaboration,” he said.

The MIT programme designed to expose students to the latest technologies applied in teaching, research and information management is run online with scheduled sessions for face-to-face lectures at the University of Pretoria, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA) University of Illinois and EASLIS.

Professor in Information science and Head of Department at the University of Pretoria in South Africa Theo Bothma says research and presentations made by the students during the trip to Makerere University is both academically and socially worthwhile in terms of networking.

 

DR MARLENE HOLMNER

Dr Marlene Holmner a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Science at University of Pretoria South Africa and MIT as well as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course Coordinator says they currently have five intakes with one intake to go. “We have guided them on how to go about their research, the methodology and data collection tools to enable them finalize their dissertation,” she said.

 

Students were drawn from Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Eritrea, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania and Uganda.

The MIT Masters aims to build capacity within sub-Saharan African countries to empower the next generation of library and information professionals with knowledge and skills to apply modern information communication and technology (ICT), in order to support academics and research in Africa

 

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WIMEA-ICT PROJECT TO CATER FOR GENDER DYNAMICS

Written by Monday, 07 September 2015 13:19 Published in News Details comment

By: Prossy Tulinomubezi

Gender dynamics are to be addressed through the WIMEA-ICT project by devising strategies that support gender equality if access to weather information and weather information management is to be achieved.

Dr. Juliane Sansa-Otim is the Principle Investigator of the NORAD WIMEA-ICT project, says that prior to the task, research was conducted in Uganda, Tanzania and Sudan and short comings which range from decreased agricultural productivity, weather related diseases and weather related accidents which can be solved if gender dynamics are worked on.

Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello-Obura, Principal of the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS)Makerere University said focusing on gender is relevant because there are many gender dynamics that bring about imbalances in access to weather information.

“When we bring in the component of gender when talking of weather information management, it is very relevant because in East Africa, both men and women who are directly involved in agriculture need weather information,” Obura said.

He was speaking at a WIMEA-ICT workshop held last week at the College of Computing and Information Sciences Makerere University.

“When it comes to information access, there are various social, religious and cultural issues related to gender in terms of access to information which challenges the WIMEA-ICT project intends to address,” Obura added.

Fred Kindi a gender expert from the Department of Gender and Women Studies Makerere University says that gender determines resource distribution, access and control, access to benefits, opportunities, and education among others. The WIMEA-ICT project thus arises to address such challenges.

“Women are discriminated when it comes to resource distribution, decision making, education and when it comes to employment, preference is always given to men which unfairness WIMEA-ICT project intends to solve,” he said.

The WIMEA-ICT project has four main components of; Numerical Weather Prediction, Weather Station Network Density, Weather Data Repositories, Weather Information dissemination which are to be implemented through research and teaching.

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FAMILY TREE RECORD TRACK TO BE BOOSTED BY ICT

Written by Monday, 07 September 2015 13:18 Published in News Details comment

By: Jacky Achan

Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) is to partner with familysearch.org to boost usage of its Family tree platform that helps people create a lineage of their families.

A team from familysearch.org recently met the Principal CoCIS, Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello- Obura to discuss a working partnership.

The familysearch.org platform will use innovations in ICT from CoCIS to make it widely adopted and used in Uganda.

Francis Ssekito a Lecturer at the East African School of Library and Information Sciences (EASLIS) Makerere University, will spearhead the student innovation in this project.

Group picture of Family tree officials and the team from CoCIS Makerere University at the end of a meeting to establish a working relationship.

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PATRICK LUGANDA

By: Jacky Achan

 

Researchers in the field of Science have been asked to help the Ugandan media fully understand their trade and file informative reports on their projects other than indulge in politicking.

Patrick Luganda a Global Media Trainer and Communications Advisor on the Geneva based Commission for Climatology in the World Metrology Organization advised while speaking to the WIMEA-ICT Researchers at Makerere University.

“You have had people who are probably researchers/scientists, who are all the times in the media talking about politics or social issues. Surely they are such powerful brains they should be giving society the benefit of their knowledge,” he says

“Scientists must take advantage of the knowledge they have, to better inform their society to make informed decisions,” he added.

Luganda explained the channels for Science communication is there but the challenge is the personnel to communicate.

“We have Science journalists in Uganda but those same journalists are court and sports reporters, they are a jerk of all trades very few of them have taken the initiative to up their skills or have received specialized training and that’s the big challenge,” he explained.

Luganda says there is a need now to build a critical mass of Science journalists and to use the existing media channels just like business and political sectors do, to promote the understanding and use of Science.

“The critical mass of media personnel who make the Science sector functional is not there and the few who are there are either poached by NGOs, go for better paying jobs or have to divide their time in other sectors within the media,” he said.

He adds: “Science reporters are either too stretched or too few and people who are in journalism school where specialization should start graduate without knowledge on how to report on science, or are not comfortable reporting science altogether.”

Luganda commended the Introduction of communication as a course unit with Science disciplines at Makerere University

“At school is where the training should start followed by in-house training within the media houses and then linking or pairing journalists with scientists. A journalist will work with a Science institution for six months, one year and within that period fully build their Science communication capacity,” he elaborated.

“In Science communication we need people within the Science community help the media report better,” he adds.

But Luganda says building Science communication needs long term programs to achieve the set goal.

Scientists need to have communication inbuilt within systems so that even if you are developing a project the communication component particularly media communication is there.

“Scientists will build widespread capacity where they are able to communicate and where even journalist are able to easily pick out what to report,”

Luganda emphasized that Scientists cannot stand alone because they serve a society best understood by the arts.

“The arts do their research and daily work in society while the scientists do their work in the labs or work with machines. To transfer what scientists are doing in the labs to benefit the common person or for it to be internalized by the common person/public they need the arts where journalists fall,” he explained.

Luganda said if projects can pick interest in the communication component, build it from the very beginning of the project life cycle to it known through public awareness and the project being informative and beneficial to society, in building communication from the very beginning will help realize this goal.

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MICHAEL NIYITEGEKA TALKING TO TECH INNOVATORS AT MAKERERE UNIVERSITY ON CLIENT ENGAGEMENT

 

By: Jacky Achan

Tech innovators undertaking an incubation challenge at Makerere University have been braved to first understand client needs before leaping into new software development in their field of specialization.

Michael Niyitegeka an ICDL Africa Accreditation Consultant for Uganda (a world leading computer skills certification institution) says the innovator must always be in sync with client needs for their newly developed software’s to get a good reception in the market.

“Many times we spend a lot of time developing technology for an imaginary client, spend a lot of time in building applications, building softwares all for a consumer that does not exist in real life or if the consumer exists the need is totally different,” he said.

 

MICHAEL NIYITEGEKA

Niyitegeka is an expert in Leadership Development, and Business Technology Strategy with a cumulative 16 years working experience in private and public sectors.

 

He says the time wastage risks calls for innovators to be more engaging with clients and were an agreement is reached the technology will follow in form of software development.

30 ICT students from Makerere, Kyambogo, Mbarara and Kampala International Universities are undertaking a Mendix software development challenge at Makerere University’s College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS).

The training that takes ten weeks is conducted annually so as to empower the students with different skills they can use to engage clients in the entrepreneurship world of technology and this involves software development.

Niyitegeka says the innovators need to first engage their clients and fully understand their need and their chances of undertaking the job.

“For me, if my chances of doing the job after consulting with a client is above 70 percent I will invest my time, If its open competition I have other things to work on,” he says.

Niyitegeka broadly shared ideas on how the innovators undertaking the Mendix challenge at Makerere can engage their clients and understand their need before they go into developing technology.

Mendix is a rapid tool for software development that does not use a lot of codes. $10m has been set aside by its parent company Mendix USA and Mansystems Netherlands to improve its applicability on PCs, mobile and tablets.

The training is being supported by Mansystems, Mendix, Smile communications and Makerere University’s CoCIS.

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MENDIX SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT CLASSES

 

By: Jacky Achan, Geoffrey Nyerere & Prossy Tulinomubezi

Success in the field of technological innovation is possible for young innovators to achieve were talent and novelty is combined with a profitable business plan.

Professor Gregg Pascal Zachary of Arizona State University USA tipped a group of ICT students from various Ugandan Universities in Kampala Tuesday.

“To turn into a successful entrepreneur in the Ugandan environment is difficult when you compare to other countries, but you still have to try,” he said.

 

PROFESSOR GREGG PASCAL ZACHARY

Prof. Zachary speaking on entrepreneurship and innovation said having a new idea is most vital for young entrepreneurs to become successful  in the tech business.

 

30 Computer Science students from Makerere, Kyambogo, Mbarara and Kampala Internal Universities are undertaking a Mendix software development challenge at the Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS).

The training that takes ten weeks is conducted annually so as to empower the students with different skills that they can use to engage clients in the entrepreneurship world of technology which involves software development.

Mendix is a rapid tool for software development that does not use a lot of codes. $10m has been set aside by its parent company Mendix USA and Mansystems Netherlands to improve its applicability on PCs, mobile and tablets.

The training is being supported by Mansystems, Mendix, Smile communications and Makerere University’s CoCIS.

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