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50 students acquire new software development skills

Written by Friday, 30 March 2012 15:50 Published in News Details comment

A total of 50 students have participated in a two-week interactive training exercise aimed at building their capacity in software development. The training codenamed € JAMS was organized by Grammen Foundation and conducted by Thoughtworks, an international IT consulting company. JAMS was also aimed at equipping the students with business analysis skills. €œApart from software development, we want the students to learn how to think from the customers€„¢ perspectives,€ said Kishore Yekkanti, a software developer from Thoughtworks.

The training, conducted at the College of Computing and Information Sciences exposed the students to development practices like Test Driven Development (TDD), Object Oriented Programming. Kishore added that it was important to expose students in Uganda to writing software programs using operating systems like Linux and Unix why are being used by several companies.

€œWe hope that after these two weeks, we have built a community of students who will pass on what they have learnt to their peers,€ Kishore said. With support from organizations like UNICEF, Grameen Foundation, Yo and SMS Media, it is envisioned that more JAMS sessions will be conducted at the College.

This training, according to the students offered them the opportunity to engage in more practical software development sessions with their tutors and also learn new techniques like agile development and other design patterns. €œWe had boot-camps every morning and these helped us learn new software development patterns, adding onto the knowledge we gained in class,€ said Viola Bazanye, a 3rd year software engineering student. €œWith these new skills, I do not think I will need to search for a job upon completion of my studies in June, I intend to develop new software products that will ease the provision of services in Uganda,€ she added.

Eric Kamara, Grameen Foundation€„¢ technology manager said Grameen in Partnership with the College of Computing and Information Sciences will conduct a series of more activities aimed at building the students€„¢ software development skills in preparation for their integration in the job market. €œAs part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, we want to avail more mentorship opportunities for these students and also share our skills to them to meet the needs of the current competitive job environment,€ added Kamara.


University students will now have a new opportunity to interact with mentors, employers and interest groups thanks to the virtual forum € 360o Campus that was launched yesterday at the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University.
Speaking at the launch, Elise Orane, the US Mission in Uganda representative, said the United States government is committed to empowering the youth by availing avenues of directly engaging and partnering with them.

€œWith 360o Campus, we celebrate young leaders and this tool will be used to equip you with tools for success,€ she added. The US Mission in Uganda is supporting the initiative aimed at preparing Ugandan university students for their transition from school to the workplace. In association with the 360o Network Forum, the initiative will focus on leveraging the use of Social Media to enhance student career enhancing skills and knowledge.

David Lambert Tumwesigye, the 360o Network Promoter, said,€ We want students to know the importance of building and marketing their personal brands and we have planned several activities aimed at enabling the students come out of the university a better employee or entrepreneur who is internationally competitive.€

He added that they shall use various avenues to reach the youth, among them a University Magazine - The 360o Intern, information sharing clinics, providing career coaches and mentors and arranging apprentice programmes among others.

€œWe have a network of professionals committed to answering career questions posted online and helping with Psychometric, aptitude and IQ test guidance online,€ noted Lambert.

During the launch, Mr. Michael Niyitegeka, the CoCIS Head of Corporate Relations and Ms. Seanice Kacungira, the CEO of Blu Flamingo shared with the students on how to €œ Use Social Media for Career and Business€ and  how to €œ Manage Your Identity on Social Media€ respectively.

Membership to the 360o Campus is free and open to all students undertaking tertiary education in Uganda. Students can join by visiting and liking the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/the360campus, following us on twitter@the360campus or registering at our website www.the360network.com


CiPSD wins Wireless Networking Kit from ITU

Written by Friday, 02 March 2012 12:01 Published in News Details comment

The Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD) has won a Wireless Networking Kit from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). This kit consists of a Video Sender, Spectrum Analyzers, Switches, NanoStation, PicoStation, Yello UTP Cables, Red UTP Cables, Black UTP Cable, Wireless Networking in the Developing World Books (WNDW) and a copy of Radio Mobile Software.

The kit was won after the Center€„¢s head, Drake Patrick Mirembe presented an execellent proposal justifying how CiPSD would optimally use a Wireless Networking Kit to promote the five agenda€„¢s of ITU€„¢s Bureau for Development. Drake was representing the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) during a recent Wireless Networking training of Trainers Workshop held in Kigali, Rwanda last month. The training was for all English-speaking countries in Africa and the participants were selected basing on their background in data communication, networking, and their institution€„¢s alignment to ITU€„¢s thematic areas.

The ITU is the United Nations specialized in providing ICT services with an aim to: provide human capacity building, policy and regulation harmonization, universal access to ICTs and deployment of broadband services and in Uganda, CoCIS hosts the ITU Center of Excellence.

In his proposal, Drake highlighted the current growth of wireless networking in the country and the projected future growth, the lack of professional training programs in wireless networking, the large number of College students that can benefit from wireless networking, the existence of wireless networking research groups in the College and how the College is aligned to support the delivery of ITU€„¢s thematic areas.

The College Principal, Prof. Ikoja Odongo, thanked the ITU for availing us equipment that will improve our training in the IT field and he pledged the College€„¢s continued support for ITU operations in the country.


Dr. Jude Lubega to lead SIRCA II project

Written by Thursday, 01 March 2012 12:21 Published in News Details comment

Dr. Jude Lubega has been appointed the Programme Collaborator for Strengthening Information Studies Research Capacity Alliance (SIRCA II). His appointment will run from January 2012 to December 2013. The SIRCA II programme aims at building research capacity among emerging principal investigators based in the Global South. As the Programme Collaborator, Dr. Jude will mentor the young Principal Investigators (PI) to undertake projects won under the IDRC.

This is great opportunity for Dr. Jude to be recognized by SIRCA as an asset in mentoring young PIs and he will be in charge of a project in Senegal. Dr. Jude is currently the Ag. Chair, Department of Information Technology, the Makerere University Coordinator for the Pan-African e-Network project and the Chair - Annual International Conference on Computing and ICT Research (ICCIR).


Mafuta Go, a mobile application developed by a group of students and alumni from the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) has emerged first runner up at the Premier Mobile Awards in Barcelona - http://www.mobilepremierawards.com/winners/. The students were represented by Ms. Christine Ampaire (Bsc. Software Engineering, Year 2) who presented Mafuta Go at the Barcelona Mobile World Congress 2012 (http://www.mobileworldcongress.com ) to a panel of international jurists. Christine and her team developed Mafuta Go, a mobile application that helps motorists locate the nearest petrol station with the cheapest fuel and associated car services like washing bays during the Garage 48 event that was held in Uganda in September 2011. Mafuta Go was selected by a team of experts to represent Uganda at the Mobile Premier Awards 2012 hosted by App Circus . The team was mentored by colleagues and partners from the industry.

Ms. Christine Ampaire is one of the Google Student Ambassadors for Makerere University and the World bank WaterHackerthon Ambassador for Uganda.

Congratulations to Christine and her team!!!!


Thank you for loving me € Mabel Atemo

Written by Monday, 27 February 2012 12:22 Published in News Details comment

€œThank you for your love and support, that even amidst all the hard economic times, you still find it in your hearts to love me. This is truly humbling and God will reward you all,€ said Mabel Atemo as she received a contribution from the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS).

Through donations from students, staff and friends of the College among them, Eng. Charles Wana-Etyem, the chairperson Makerere University council, Prof. Waswa Balunywa, the Principal-Makerere University Business School (MUBS) and many others, a total of sh,2,252,000 was raised in cash.

Speaking while handing over the money to Mabel on Monday 27th February, 2012, Prof. Ikoja Odongo, the CoCIS Principal urged the government to set up a Special Fund to specifically cater for the medical bills of patients like Mabel. €œCases of heart diseases, kidney diseases and other ailments are on the raise, the government needs to quickly come to their rescue through a special fund that can be administered by the national medical board,€ he said.

Ikoja thanked the students, staff members and other well-wishers for contributing towards Mabel€„¢s medical bills. He also thanked Mabel for her fortitude that has seen her persevere even when she is weak.

The students, led by Michael Mutumba encouraged Mabel to continue having a positive attitude, adding that the whole student community was praying for her.


NFT Consult Ltd sets up Career Development Centre at CoCIS

Written by Monday, 27 February 2012 07:02 Published in News Details comment

The College of Computing and Information Sciences has signed an MoU with NFT Consult Ltd (www.nftconsult.com) to set up a Career Development Centre at the College. Mr. Michael Niyitegeka the College€„¢s head of Corporate Relations, said the Centre, located on Block B, Level 6 is an intervention intended to help equip Makerere University students with skills that prepare them for the industry.

€œPart of the feedback that we have received from the industry is that our students lack the basic skills to enable them go past the interview level,€ he said, adding that, €œit is therefore envisaged that this Centre will go a long way in enabling our students become competitive in the market.€

Among other things the Centre will provide:


  1. Administrative assistance to the university to organise career fairs.
  2. Expert advice and guidance to students that will enable them to interpret/understand and respond to job advertisements.
  3. Sessions on CV and cover letter writing skills as well as enhancement of verbal and written communication skills.
  4. Help for final year students for future job application processes and equipping them with appropriate interview skills.
  5. Students with a better understanding of the more practical side of employment through talks and seminars from professionals from various sectors.
  6. Ways to encourage and engage more employers to participate in the internship process.


As part of its first activities, the Centre on Friday 17th February, 2012 hosted Mr. Emmanuel Katongole, the head of IT in the Ministry of Finance and Ms. Susan Namuganyi, a drilling engineer for Tullow Oil, both of whom inspired the students to not only focus on achieving high academic grades but to also build their social skills and contacts as they will also go a long way in helping them get gainful employment.

The Centre, run by Miss. Sifa Porter will hold the Career Talks fortnightly. NFT Consult Ltd, is a Human Resource Consulting Company with its headquarters in Kampala and offices in Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania.


With effect from 1st March, 2012, all Cisco academies in Uganda are supposed to adopt a new operating model € the Open Model. €œThe new model, as opposed to the previous hierarchical model allows the academies to choose where to get services conveniently and at competitive rates,€ said Drake Patrick Mirembe, Head of the Centre for Innovations and Professional Skills Development at the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS). Drake is also the Cisco Legal Main Contact for Uganda€„¢s regional academy.

Drake added that the new model brings Cisco closer to local academies than has been the case and this implies closer supervision of the training and quality graduates. In the new model, Cisco Local Academies will be referred to as Cisco Academies while regional academies will become Cisco Academy Support Centres and/or Instructor Training Centers. This transformation is aimed at ensuring that the academies have equal opportunities, ensuring transparency and consistency in services delivered and facilitating the formation of collaborations among Cisco training partners.

Drake was speaking during a recent Cisco Quality Assurance Seminar held at the College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University. During the seminar, it was also revealed that all Cisco Instructors will soon undergo a re-evaluation exercise to gauge their pedagogical, presentation and technical skills. This exercise, according to Drake is aimed at ensuring that all Cisco Academies have valid qualified instructors equipped with current and comprehensive instructors€„¢ skills. The qualification exercise will be conducted by the Cisco Technical Area Manager for Africa, Mr. Serges based in South Africa.

During the seminar, the participants discussed the quality assurance metric from each academy. The report, complied by the CoCIS Cisco Academy (which also serves as the regional Cisco Academy), revealed that; most academies lacked updated equipment, a significant number of the instructors were not certified, the academies also lacked a cross-cutting harmonious assessment framework and there was lack of support from the top management in the host institutions especially in terms of availing resources to purchase relevant equipment and enable instructors participate in ongoing professional development courses.

It was recommended that all academies should certify their instructors within two months and if they were to participate in the new model, their instructors will have to be re-evaluated and qualified by the Cisco Technical Area Manager in March, 2012. The academies were urged to adopt the assessment model used by the CoCIS Regional Academy, they should also submit their equipment upgrade plans within one month if they are to remain in the Cisco Network. In addition, the academies were advised to lobby their top management to support their initiatives by coming up with sound operational business plans.

Deborah Natuujuna, the Coordinator-CoCIS Regional Academy, urged the participants to develop work plans and proposals and be ready to participate in the different Cisco initiatives.

During the 2012 academic year, the Cisco Networking Academies in Uganda will conduct instructor training sessions, Instructor Re-tooling, a workshop on communication and pedagogy, student competitions, a school outreach programme and publish one media supplement.

During the same function, three students who participated in last year€„¢s Cisco Netridders Competition for Africa and the Middle East were given presents from Cisco. These were Innocentia Kemigisha, Treasure Nambi and Ann Agweyo. Speaking while handing over the presents, Prof. Ikoja Odongo, the Principal of the College of Computing and Information Sciences, called upon the participants to €œalways seek initiatives aimed at improving their pedagogical skills.€ He encouraged the students to always take advantage of any opportunity to further their career. Prof. Ikoja, who further appealed to the College students who participated in the competition to raise the Makerere flag higher also, encouraged other institutions to borrow a leaf from CoCIS and participate in such international competition as a means of benchmarking the quality of their services.

As part of its initiative to support female enrollment in computer-based courses, the Centre for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CiPSD) offered Kemigisha a full scholarship to cover her CCNP course while Ann got a 50% discount on any programme she will pursue at the CoCIS, Center for Innovation and Professional Skills Development

The seminar was attended by managers from 12 Cisco Academies in Uganda plus instructors and students from the College of Computing and Information Sciences.


Makerere to carry out a needs assessment for online courses

Written by Monday, 30 January 2012 14:30 Published in News Details comment

Makerere University is carrying out a needs assessment in educational institutions within the East African region to establish a mechanism of delivering online educational programmes within the region. This activity according to the University€„¢s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, is aimed at ensuring that the E-learning regional centre, based at the College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University serves the needs of the East African region.

Prof. Baryamureeba was speaking during a function held at the College on Friday 27th January, 2012 to award academic certificates to the first cohort of students who had enrolled for masters and post graduate diplomas offered by Amity University in India in collaboration with Makerere University. These courses are offered under the Tele-Education programme implemented in 2009 as part of the Pan-African e-Network Project supported by the Government of Uganda, Government of India and the African Union.

€œYour achievements today show that online education has a great possibility of offering educational advancement to anyone who has the drive and desire. We, in a humble way ask Government to support us more so that this facility is rolled out in the entire University,€ said Baryamureeba. A total of 44 graduates received certificates and the best four students who displayed great academic brilliance and trounced their counterparts in Africa won medals.

Speaking at the same function, the Minister of ICT, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said his ministry together with the Rural Communications Development Fund and the Ministry of Education would soon embark on a programme to roll out enhanced science teaching in rural schools using ICTs. This, he added, would enable the rural poor access quality science teaching and therefore enable the rural poor students to compete effectively with their urban counterparts.

With Makerere University, planning to open up more upcountry-based campuses, the minister hopes that the ICT Ministry and the University will partner to set-up computing and teleconferencing facilities in the various institutions in order to broaden the educational opportunities for the rural communities and improve their development opportunities. Dr. Rugunda was represented by Hon. Nyombi Thembo, the State Minister for ICT.

The Indian High Commissioner to Uganda, His Excellency, S. N Ray Shri, said India€„¢s support to Africa in the area of capacity building programs is hinged on the fact that ICTs can play a major role in harnessing the benefits of globalization for mutual advantage. €œ I hope that the Tele-education programme will provide a foundation stone for human resource development in Uganda and contribute to the country€„¢s economic growth,€ he noted.

The Pan-African e-Network project, which is running in several African countries, is being funded by the Government of India to tune of $117 Million. Under this programme, Makerere University was chosen to serve as the regional center to advance Tele-Education in the East African region. The e-learning center was set up at the then Faculty of Computing and IT, now College of Computing and Information Sciences and it is well equipped for use with a modern video conferencing laboratory. Under this project, a total of 787 students are currently enrolled for various courses offered by Amity University, India and the Indira Ghandi National Open University (IGNOU).


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