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Huawei sponsors 10 for specialized ICT training

Written by Monday, 09 July 2012 11:44 Published in News Details comment

A group of ten students and lecturers from the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) are participating in a 10 day training organized by Huawei Technologies at the Huawei Training Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.

This training is part of the recent Memorandum of Understanding that Huawei signed with Makerere to offer specialized ICT training and scholarships to students.

The first group of trainees included seven students and three lecturers. They include Alice Beatrice Lwantale, Donna Mwine, Cryton Kapigi, Stephen Mutaawe, Martin Euka, Philip Lutaaya, and Sandra Nakayenga. The lecturers are Bernard Muwonge, Perez Matsiko and Michael Kizito.

Dr. Jude Lubega, the Chair, Department of Information Technology thanked Huawei for this initiative, adding that all the students were chosen on merit while the lecturers from the department of Networks were included in the training for capacity building purposes. €œThe students are the best performers in their respective courses,€ he noted.

Speaking during the flag-off ceremony on Friday at the Makerere University Guest House, the State Minister for ICT, Hon Nyombi Thembo, €œthis initiative will act as an important catalyst between universities and industry transition aimed at boosting the development of Uganda€„¢s talent in the field of telecommunications and ICT, targeting undergraduates, graduates and young professionals.€

Eric Yang, the Huawei managing director, said they were prepared to sponsor more students in order to boost the ICT sector in Uganda.

The Chinese Ambassador to Uganda His Excellency Zhao Ya Li commended Huawei noting that, €œHuawei€„¢s unique selling point has always been in innovation based on research and development. I commend them today for sharing these lessons of their own developmental experiences, with Uganda through this knowledge transfer initiative with the best of talents from Makerere University. This is an excellent example in enhancing relationship between the two nations.€

The function was also attended by the State Minister for Finance, Hon. Aston Kajara, other dignitaries from the ICT fraternity and the Makerere University community.

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MAKERERE UNIVERSITY 2012/2013 SEMESTER DATES

Written by Friday, 06 July 2012 07:21 Published in News Details comment

Orientation Week: Saturday 11th August, 2012 to Friday 17th August, 2012 (7days)

Semester One: Saturday 18th August, 2012 to Saturday 15th December, 2012 (17 weeks)

Semester One Vacation:  Saturday15th December, 2012 to 26th January, 2013

63rd Graduation: Monday 21st to Friday, 25th January, 2013.

Semester Two: Saturday 26th January, 2013 to Saturday 25th May, 2013.   (17 weeks)

Semester Two Vacation: Saturday 25th May,  2013 to Saturday 17th August, 2013

Recess Term:  Saturday 25th May, 2013 to Saturday 3rd  August, 2013  (10.weeks)

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MafutaGo wins $10,000

Written by Friday, 08 June 2012 13:19 Published in News Details comment

MafutaGo, the application developed by five students from the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) has won $10,000 (about sh25m) in the recently concluded Pivot East Competition. MafutaGo, is a mobile application that helps motorists locate the nearest petrol station with the cheapest fuel and associated car services like washing bays. It was developed by Christine Ampaire, Samuel Remo, James Muranga, Gerald Odur and Jjingo Wasaka Kisakye.

The Pivot East Competition held in Nairobi, was aimed at giving developers an opportunity to showcase their applications to operators, Venture Capital community, Angel Investors and the ICT Community. Uganda was represented by four applications which included:

  • Easy Order: SMS based ordering and supply chain management application that simplifies the way customers order for goods from manufacturers and distributors.
  • Story spaces: A digital story telling portal
  • mPoultry: Brooder poultry monitoring using a mobile phone.
  • MafutaGo: Helps users find the nearest fuel stations with the prices and services that best suit their needs.

Easy Order won in the Business and resource management category while MafutaGo topped the utilities category. At the beginning of this year, MafutaGo was the first runner-up at the Premier Mobile Awards held in Barcelona.

Pivot is an m:lab initiative to bring focus on the Mobile developer and entrepreneur community in East Africa. m:lab East Africa is a consortium of four organizations aiming to be a leader in identifying, nurturing and helping to build sustainable enterprises in the knowledge economy.

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PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES JOINT ADMISSIONS BOARD

GOVERNMENT STUDENTS' ADMISSIONS, 2012/2013

CUT-OFF POINTS

   

 

Programme

Univ

Code

Cut-off

 

       

1

Bachelor of Information Technology

Mak

BIT

51.4

2

Bachelor of Records & Archives Management (Science)

Mak

BRA

44.2

3

Bachelor of Records & Archives Management (Arts)

Mak

BRA

52.5

4

Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering

Mak

BSW

52.0

5

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Mak

CSC

51.4

6

Bachelor of Information Systems

Mak

ISD

51.2

7

Bachelor of Library and Information Science (Science)

Mak

LIS

45.4

8

Bachelor of Library and Information Science (Arts)

Mak

LIS

52.3

Download CUT-OFF POINTS [DOC] [PDF]

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2012/2013 Undergraduate Private Admissions

Written by Sunday, 27 May 2012 18:34 Published in News Details comment

The academic registrar, Makerere University invites applications from Ugandan applicants for the undergraduate programmes under the private sponsorship scheme for the 2012/2013 academic year the details are as follows:

Each applicant should:

Either

(a)

Have the uganda certificate of education with at least (FIVE PASSES), or its equivalent and at least two principal passes at advanced level obtained at the same sitting. (for day programmes, only candidates who sat a''level in 2011, 2010 and 2009 are eligible to apply. For evening, afternoon, and external programmes, a candidate is not restricted on the year of sitting a'level.

Or

(b)

Hold at least a second class or credit (or equivalent classification) diploma from a recognized institution, relevant to the programmes applied for. (Details of the diploma admission requirements for the 2012/2013 academic year can be viewed on the notice boards of the undergraduate admissions office notice boards or on Makerere University website: www.mak.ac.ug)

Or

(c)

Be a graduate from a recognised university.

APPLY NOW CLICK HERE !!

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College staff win UCC awards

Written by Monday, 21 May 2012 12:53 Published in News Details comment

The second edition of the Annual Communications Innovation Awards (ACIA) held on Friday 18th May, 2012 at Serena Hotel saw staff from the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) win awards in various categories.

The Student Research Award for the postgraduate level went to Seth Muhairwe, currently working in the Department of ICT Support Services (DISS). He was recognized for designing a mobile application that monitors water levels in valley dams.

Michael Okopa, a post-graduate student was commended for designing a new job scheduling policy called SWAP that gives service without prior knowledge of job sizes as opposed to the Shortest Job First (SJF) scheduling policy which gives priority to the shortest job in the queue but requires information on job sizes which is not available in most systems and this limits its implementation. SWAP uses the measured serial correlation of the service times to estimate the job sizes.

The Artificial Intelligence Research Group (Ernest Mwebaze and Dr. John Quinn) was runner-up in the Rural e-services category. Their winning innovation was the mobile application designed to monitor crop diseases.

In the Local Content category for Individuals and SMEs, Dr. Florence Tushabe was the runner-up. She was recognized for translating the VLC media player interface into Runyakitara.

The awards, preceded by a whole day exhibition in which various innovations were showcased were graced by the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, the Minister of ICT, Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda and Veerna Rawat the Vice-President of Research in Motion (RIM).

The awards organized by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) were aimed at promoting greater local involvement in developing innovative products, services, content, and approaches that exploit or enhance communication platforms for development. This year€„¢s competition had five major categories. In addition to these, there was an Overall Winner€„¢s Award, the Annual Communications Innovation Award, 2011 won by FIT Uganda.

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Dr. Julianne Sansa to attend Internet Society Fellowship

Written by Wednesday, 16 May 2012 14:10 Published in News Details comment

Dr. Julianne Sansa Otim will participate in the Internet Society Fellowship to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) programme. Under this programme, Dr. Sansa will attend the IETF€„¢s 85th meeting to be held from November 4th- 9th, 2012 in Atlanta, USA. She was chosen after excelling in a highly competitive application process that attracted over 260 aspirants.

The IETF is the world€„¢s premier Internet standards-development body and the Fellowship to the IETF is available to technology professionals, advanced IT students, and other qualified individuals from developing and emerging economies.

During the fellowship, Dr. Sansa will have the opportunity to participate in the development of Internet Standards and best practices and make valuable connections with global peers with similar interests.

Dr. Sansa is the Chair, Department of Networks, School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT), College of Computing and Information Sciences.

Congratulations!!!

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WinSenga does not cost $3,000

Written by Wednesday, 16 May 2012 09:11 Published in News Details comment

We thank The New Vision for identifying and highlighting the exceptional talent displayed by Aaron Tushabe, Joshua Okello and Josiah Kavuma, all students of the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University.

The trio designed an application codenamed WinSenga that focuses on how to detect ectopic pregnancies in women as well as monitor baby movements and position in the womb during pregnancy.

However, we would like to clarify that WinSenga does not cost $3,000 (Sh7.3m) as was reported in the Sunday Vision of 13th May 2012. Currently, the WinSenga application is designed to run on smart phones with windows platforms.

These phones are increasingly getting cheaper on the market today. The other gadgets used in this application- the pinard horn and the microphone cost about sh5,000 ($2) and sh10,000 ($4) respectively.

In the future, with further adjustments we hope this application will also run on Android phones which are also very pocket-friendly.The College takes pride in coming up with innovations that address the needs of the common man.

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For the fifth year running, students from the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) have won the Microsoft East and Southern Africa Imagine Cup competition and will go on to compete in the Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals to be held in Sydney, Australia in July, 2012.

The Team, Cipher 256 designed an application codenamed WinSenga that focuses on how to detect ectopic pregnancies in women as well as monitor baby movements and position in the womb during pregnancy. The team, comprising of Aaron Tushabe, Joshua Okello, and Josiah Kavuma was also voted the best by facebook and twitter users who were following the competition online. In total, 14 teams from different universities participated in the finals held in Nairobi last weekend. The competition is aimed at inspiring the youth to use their imagination, creativity and technology to help solve the world€„¢s toughest problem.

According to Aaron Tushabe, their application addresses the UN Millennium Development Goal 5 € Reducing Maternal Mortality by 2015. €œOur inspiration to develop this application was drawn from prior visits to the Mulago Hospital Pediatric Ward. Mulago being a national referral hospital, has an ultrasound machine, but what about the midwives in the villages? They use a Pinard Horn but in some instances some might lack the adequate skills to appropriately interpret the sounds,€ said Tushabe.

In this system, the Pinard Horn is connected it to a smart phone through an external microphone placed at the flat end of the Horn. The phone contains an application that has a sound recording module and sound analysis module which will produce a report detailing the position of the baby during the different trimesters, the age of the baby and the fetal heart rate.

This system, according to Tushabe gives a more accurate diagnosis compared to using only a Pinard Horn. €œWinSenga is effective, faster and affordable and can even be used at home by a pregnant woman.€

WinSenga is being developed with the help of Dr. Davis Musinguzi from Mulago Hospital and a former finalist in the Project Inspire Africa session 1. The students are mentored by Joseph Kaizzi, a former CIT student and previous participant in Microsoft Imagine Cup competitions. More support is drawn from the Microsoft Innovation Center € Uganda.

By July, the application will be able to display cardiograph information and also employ cloud technology to make the patients€„¢ records more accessible by different medical practitioners.

Find WinSenga on facebook at www.facebook.com/winsenga and follow them on twitter: @winsenga.

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Huawei, a leading global Information and Communication Technology (ICT) service provider today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the College of Computing and Information Technology, to offer scholarships and specialized ICT training to top performing students.

The partnership, according to the Huawei Managing Director for Uganda, Mr. Eric Yang, is part of Huawei€„¢s global €˜Telecom Seed for the Future€„¢ knowledge transfer programme which will be implemented in partnership with the College. Under this partnership, selected students will acquire specialized ICT skills in Huawei centers in Uganda, Kenya and South Africa including an opportunity to study at the Huawei University in China. In addition, the company will provide internship placements and fully funded scholarships to top performing students.

Yang said the company was committed to ensuring that young people pursuing ICT have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills that would make them competitive in today€„¢s fast changing ICT sector. €œOur aim is to work closely with Makerere University to help in training the next generation of ICT professionals whom we hope will in years to come, contribute positively to the development of the ICT sector in the country,€ he added.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, His Excellency Zhao Ya Li, the Director of Communications and Broadcasting Infrastructure in the Ministry of ICT, Dr. Eng. Godfrey Kibuuka. The ambassador urged other Chinese companies to also incorporate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as part of their management practices. Dr. Kibuuka commended the partnership and urged other key players to play a more active role in supporting capacity building in the ICT sector in Uganda.

The Makerere University Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, commended Huawei for leading the way in building training capacity for future ICT professionals noting that innovations in ICT would be the key driver of the economy in the coming years.

The function was also attended by the Dean of the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT), Dr. Josephine Nabukenya, staff and students leaders of the College.

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