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CoCIS students graduate

Written by Monday, 08 August 2011 14:56 Published in News Details comment

On 22nd July 2011, Makerere University held a special graduation ceremony, in which 1190 students graduated. 100 of these students were from CoCIS with one PHD in Information Systems. In his remarks, the College Principal, Prof. Ikoja Odongo, congratulated the graduates and encouraged continuing students to strive towards completion. The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, thanked the organizing committee for the efforts in making the 22nd graduation a successful.

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CWG to reward best Computer Science student

Written by Monday, 08 August 2011 14:48 Published in News Details comment

The best Computer Science student will receive a High End Dell Laptop from Computer Warehouse Group (CWG), a new IT firm in Uganda. Michael Manzi, the CWG Country Director, said rewarding academic excellence in Computer Science is the beginning of a partnership between the company and the College, more specifically the School of Computing and Informatics Technology. The award will be given out annually and the best student is also offered an opportunity to work with the company for a year. This will expose the student to real life situations and challenges in information technology and equip them with skills needed to be competitive in the computing and software development sectors. CWG hopes to engage in more collaborations with the College in future.

The College€„¢s Head of Corporate Relations, Michael Niyitegeka, described the partnership with CWG as an affirmation that industry players recognize the good quality of teaching offered at the university. €œIncreasingly, more people are coming on board to support the university and create incentives that encourage students to work harder and aspire for more success. We shall continue to partner with more institutions that empower students,€ he said.

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The Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world€„¢s premier student technology competition. It provides an opportunity for students to use their creativity, passion, and knowledge of technology to help solve global challenges and make a difference in the world. While competing for cash and prizes, students gain real-life experiences, make new friends, and change the world.

Uganda got the opportunity to represent East and Southern Africa at the world wide event in New York City (July 7th to 14th 2011). Team Quest0 from Makerere University featured a unique tool for law enforcement performs intelligent crime data mining in developing countries. The team€„¢s philosophy was that the rule of law in society is a pre-requisite to achieving the MDGs.

I got the opportunity to mentor Joseph Lutaalo and Joshua Kaizzi of Quest0. As a past competitor, I was in position to guide and direct them accordingly. The mentor€„¢s role at the Imagine Cup is purely advisor, a Counselor - no matter what you call it; but it is about ensuring that the students work together efficiently as a team. I stuck with the team at every stage providing financial, technical and any other assistance required.

In the past, mentoring was a very uncommon thing for African teams with would be mentors being so pre-occupied with their day jobs and faculty members not showing much interest in the competition. There€„¢s need to generate a lot more interest in the Imagine Cup as a way of promoting the programming culture in students. The Imagine Cup is an annual competition that€„¢s open to both Undergraduates and Postgraduates.

I challenge all students reading this to stand up to the challenge and solve the world€„¢s toughest problems. Sign up for Imagine Cup 2012 today!
Joseph Kaizzi | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Rockefeller Vice-President applauds CoCIS

Written by Wednesday, 13 July 2011 09:58 Published in News Details comment

The Vice-President of Rockefeller Foundation, Heather Grady has applauded the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) for engaging in research aimed at enabling communities cope with the effects of climate change. Grady, who was speaking during her visit to the College on 1st July 2011, also applauded the College for exploring ways of availing locals with developmental information through mobile phones, whose usage is on the increase in Africa.
€œRockefeller Foundation will continue to partner with several institutions to bolster research and training capacity aimed at building climate change resilience programs and capacities,€ she said. Grady toured the National Software Incubation Centre, which was opened up at the College in 2008 with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation. The centre has helped increase human resource capacity in the field of software engineering and development.
Speaking at the same function, the CoCIS Principal, Prof. Ikoja Odongo, thanked Rockefeller Foundation for its support and pledged the College€„¢s readiness to strengthen its partnership with the Foundation.

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Orange launches African Social Venture Awards

Written by Wednesday, 13 July 2011 09:52 Published in News Details comment

Orange has launched the African Social Venture Prize. This prize, aimed at promoting social business projects largely focusing on ICTs and innovation will reward three projects addressing needs of the €˜bottom of pyramid€„¢ market in Africa through technology. The projects of interest range from e-health and mobile banking to digital and mobile applications for education or agriculture. 
The winners will get a financial grant along with an opportunity to be mentored by management, ICT and entrepreneurship experts. Participation in this competition is open to students, academic staff and entrepreneurs. The application deadline is September 15, 2011. For more details about the prize and application form please visit: http://www.starafrica.com/en/news/orange-african-social-venture-prize/the-challenge.html


 

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Business Process Outsourcing Certificates

Written by Wednesday, 13 July 2011 09:42 Published in News Details comment

All BPO graduates are informed that their certificates are ready and should come along with their receipts for verification when picking them. The certificates can be collected from the school of Computing and Informatics Technology, Makerere University, Block A Level 5.

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CISCO Academy Award 2011

Written by Friday, 24 June 2011 22:25 Published in News Details comment

The College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) has received an award for having the best Cisco Academy Sustainability Model on the African continent. The award was announced by Hital Muraj, the Cisco Academy Area Manager and Technical Manager for Africa during the recent Cisco Academy Conference held at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

The College, which has over 6,000 students was also recognized for having the largest academy in Africa in terms of student numbers. In addition, CoCIS Cisco Regional Academy was identified as the best regional academy in East and Central Africa for innovativeness in Local Academy Support Framework.


Commenting on the award, Drake Patrick Mirembe, Head Center for Professional Skills Development in CoCIS under which the Cisco Academy falls noted that the success was a team effort right from the top College management who have provided enabling policies and financial support to the academy to facilitate the purchase of equipment, programme promotion and training of instructors, to the Academy instructors who offer dedicated service to our clients.

 

He added that the large number of student enrollment in the academy was a result of the positive feedback the students get from their peers about the quality of training they receive from the College

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CIT student to represent Uganda at Anita Borg Scholarship

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:48 Published in News Details comment

uliet Komuhendo, a finalist of Computer Science at CIT, is all smiles after the news that she is one of the possible beneficiaries of the Anita Borg computer science scholarship. The scholarship, worth ⚬7,000, targets female students in computer related fields across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, at different entry levels.
€œI am the only participant in Uganda this time round, I am so excited. I want to be a Computer engineer because it is a prestigious job, especially since there are very few female ones in Uganda,€„¢Ã¢‚¬„¢ explained the excited Komuhendo. €œI encourage students not to ignore such offers even if it means writing long essays in order to qualify, as was the case with this scholarship,€„¢Ã¢‚¬„¢ she adds.
Komuhendo will be travelling with over fifty other applicants for a retreat at the Google offices in Zurich -Switzerland this June. The students will present posters of their projects to a panel of judges to select the most outstanding ones. Komuhendo€„¢s proposal is about an antenatal care sms alert system that reminds pregnant women to go for antenatal care, to lessen the morbidity rate.
The Deputy Principal at the College of Computing and Information Sciences, Dr. John Ngubiri, congratulated Komuhendo and encouraged students to be more enthusiastic about available opportunities, some of which are communicated through student mailing lists.

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ORANGE Mobile app developers

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:47 Published in News Details comment

Here's the chance to enhance the community with your original mobile app in Education, Health or Agriculture...download flyer

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ANDROID Developer Challenge

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:45 Published in News Details comment

The Android Developer Challenge, Sub Saharan Africa is designed to showcase cool apps that surprise and delight mobile users€built by developers like you. To support you in your efforts, Google is launching the Android Developer Challenge, which will provide awards for great mobile apps built on the Android platform.

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