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The College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) in partnership with Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), International Computer Driving License (ICDL), and Federation of Small & Medium Enterprises (FSME) launched a pilot digital literacy and skilling campaign for SME’s within the Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area held at Makerere University on 5th June 2018.

Some of the key Guests of Honor and speakers at the launch were Mr. Nyombi Tembo (Director, Rural Development Fund), Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi (Executive Director, UCC), Ms. Barbara Nalubega (Head of Dept., CoCIS), Assoc. Prof. G. Maiga (Dean, School of Computing and IT), Mr. Michael Niyitegeka (Country Manager, ICDL, Uganda), and Mr. Phillip Ssekimpi Kakembo (Chairperson Uganda Tailor’s Association).

The objective of launching the five weeks Digital Literacy skills training was to help entrepreneurs with small/medium businesses embrace ICT and make themselves competitive with their counterparts all over the world.

A 2015 study by the Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises (FSME) indicated that only 9% of the 300 businesses interviewed in Uganda have their contacts listed online, 6% advertise online and 22% admitted to having basic computer knowledge.

At least 14% confirmed having benefited from their online engagement, while 73% admitted that digital illiteracy was hindering them from running their businesses effectively hence the need to embrace digital operations for future growth.

According to Eng. Godfrey Mutabazi, the digital skills will foster entrepreneurship, innovation and boost competitiveness of the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and is targeting 1000 entrepreneurs in Kampala, Mukono, Entebbe and Wakiso regions.

Digital Citizen is a curriculum specifically developed by ICDL to cater for those with no experience whatsoever of computers. This curriculum introduced the participants to basic concepts of using a computer, using the internet, creating and accessing emails, using social media, and creating files and folders.

The project was coordinated by the FSME an established umbrella body for Small and Medium Enterprises in Uganda, training facilitated by the Centre for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD) at the College while funding was provided by UCC under the Rural Development Fund.

 

 

 The College of Computing and Information Sciences through its Centre for Innovations and Professional Skills Development conducted a free three-day Digital skills training for members of the Federation for Small & Medium Enterprises (FSME). The objective of the training that occurred between the 25th and 27th June 2018 was twofold; 

1.       Equip business entrepreneurs with the necessary ICT skills that will enable them to compete in to today’s digital economy.

2.       The Centre to implement its Corporate Social Responsibility by reaching out to the community and providing digital literacy skills.

The training which is one of the curriculums within the Cisco Networking Academy is a self-paced course designed for beginners who have no computer knowledge. The course therefore gives one the opportunity to learn about computer basics, Internet navigation, the use of emails, embrace social media tools. The training attracted approximately 190 participants, 61% of which were females ranging from diverse background i.e. tailors and hairdressers.

The training was facilitated by Mr. Robert Tuhaise (Deputy HOD, CiPSD) and Mr. Chares Halonda-Funa (Ag. Communications & Business Development Officer) with support from CiPSD administrative staff and interns. It was deemed a success since all participants got the opportunity to demystify ICT by actually getting to use a computer, create email accounts, access their Cisco Get Connected profiles, provide course feedback etc.

The biggest challenge faced during the training was the with participants more comfortable interacting in the local language than English and so used an interpreter to ease delivery of the training.  Other than that, the smiles on their faces at the end of the training said it all with a majority pledging to return for additional trainings in the future.

The training ended with the participants being handed and walking away proudly with certificates from the Academy. The certificates were proof that they were actually digitally skilled and ready to take on the digital world. Due to the success and large turnout of participants for this training the Academy has embarked on providing similar opportunities to others in the near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University is organising an ICT National Secondary School Head Teachers Conference under the theme,

“Raising Quality in Secondary School Education"

This conference will provide a platform for all secondary school head teachers in Uganda to gather and brainstorm on how the digital age is influencing and raising the quality of secondary school education in Uganda.

New learning tools and School Management Systems will be launched during the conference.

All head teachers are kindly invited to attend in person.

Venue : Main Hall, Main Administration Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

Date : Tuesday, 17 April 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - 5:00pm
Contact Info : Jude Emenyu, Tel: +256-702471771, Email: emenyujude[at]gmail.com | OR | Tadeo Kiige, Tel: +256-782901516, Email: tadeokiige[at]gmail.com
 

On the 15th February 2018, the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (SCIT) conducted a workshop with the aim of coming up with a draft of the MSc. E-government Services and Technology curriculum with input from stakeholders. In attendance were College academic staff and members from the industry i.e. IT organizations, Ministry of ICT, and other stakeholders.
In his introductory remarks, Assoc. Prof. Gilbert Maiga (Dean, SCIT) welcomed distinguished guests and other participants to the workshop. He further gave a brief overview about the MEST programme and reiterated the need to put infrastructure in place to train, research and conduct outreach programmes.
The Dean also recognized the support of the TSEED project team towards the development of the MEST programme and appreciated several stakeholders for their input i.e. Ministry of ICT & NG and NITA-U who participated in the needs assessment. He also thanked all those who had spared time to attend the workshop and looked forward to their feedback.
Officially opening the workshop was Prof. Tonny Oyana (Principal, CoCIS). He welcomed participants to the workshop and informed participants that CoCIS aimed at advancing science and influencing ICT policy. He acknowledged the importance of investing in technology as a basis for growth of economies. He defined e-governance as the strategic application of all forms of ICT to support government processes. He said that use of technology facilitated participation of even people who were hard to reach and could ensure balanced contribution from different parts of the economy.


He pointed out challenges to the growth of ICT like low digital interest and inadequate ICT capacity for planning units at district level and pointed out the strengths e.g. a strong national ICT policy, Investment in ICT infrastructure, Uganda’s vision 2040 etc. In reference to the proposed MEST programme and he noted the strong programme learning outcomes that needed to be specific and measurable, a lack of spatial analysis (analytical skills in handling locational information) that needed to be addressed and then declared the workshop officially open.
The Executive Director NITA-U, Mr. James Saka appreciated the idea of the MEST programme and also highlighted the following;

  • The importance of equipping students with leadership skills
  • Having expert knowledge and being able to express it in the area one has focused
  • The importance of exposure and attachment to industry
  • The importance of good communication skills
  • Aligning programme learning outcomes with real world needs

The Deputy Director NITA-U thanked the organizing team for inviting him to the workshop. He noted that there were too many technical courses in the proposed MEST programme and encouraged end to end government services by putting everything online.
 
He added that Uganda constituted young population and it was important to plan for them. He also highlighted that the views of the industry in the development of the curriculum were important. It was ideal to get research problems from the industry.
He noted that the proposed curriculum was not very diverse.  There was need to include courses on human psychology, management, economics and finance. That there was need to consider an emotional connection of the product and change management issues. He thanked all the participants and said that he looked forward to the first set of MEST graduates
The participants then disbanded into two focus groups for further deliberations on the proposed MEST programme. The two groups were divided into industry and government perspective and academia perspective and after deliberations shared their outcomes which were noted and are to be compiled to come with a final draft of the proposed MEST programme curriculum.

The workshop was closed by a vote of thanks from the Deputy Principal, Assoc. Prof. Agnes Rwashana. She thanked members for attending the workshop and for their valuable input. She thanked the Dean for the tremendous work and appreciated the idea of having an MoU between NITA-U and the College. She noted that the workshop was such an engaging experience and that it had yielded its purpose and declared the workshop officially closed

 

 

 

DI Research Group mini-symposium

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 13:54

The Dev. Informatics (DI) group hosted the first mini-symposium for 2018 on Thursday, 22nd February. The aim of the symposium was to provide;

  • A supportive atmosphere for PhD students to present and receive feedback on their ongoing research work.
  • Guidance on various aspects of their research from established researchers and their peers.
  • Enable PhD students to interact with other participants and potential collaborators in order to stimulate an exchange of ideas, suggestions and experiences.

PhD student presenters during this symposium were Mr. Michael Kizito and Ms. Hawa Nyende (both staff at SCIT and PhD students. Please find below their respective abstracts and profiles.

Michael Kizito is a PhD student at the University of Gothenburg, Department of Applied IT. His research interests are in IT Governance in the digitalization of Healthcare. His supervisors are Dr. Evelyn Kigozi Kahiigi and Associate Professor Johan Magnusson.
Abstract:
Information Technology has become pervasive and so many sectors have digitized (paper and processes). IT has become central in supporting, growing and sustaining many business organizations. IT is considered an enabler to better ways of working that may lead to achieving efficiency and or innovation in organizations. With digitization has also come digitalization. Digitalization is related to the use of digital technologies and digitized data in order to create revenue, improve business, replace or transform business processes and creating an environment for digital business, where digital information is at core. So, with digitalization, it is imperative that the governance of IT is given priority. The governance of IT is predicated upon the presence of effective organizational processes in five domains namely: strategic alignment, resource management, risk management, performance management and value delivery.
Hawa Nyende is an assistant lecturer at the department of Information Technology, Makerere University, and a PhD student at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her PhD research is in health informatics particularly, investigating on the use of ICTs to improve maternal healthcare in low resource contexts. She is being supervised by Associate Professor Urban Ask (University of Gothenburg) and Dr. Nabende Peter (Makerere University).