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KAMPALA LEADING AFRICAN CITIES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

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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