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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.

Libraries should be equipped with Web 2.0

Monday, 07 September 2015 13:22



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.

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




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




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 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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