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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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Donate towards a Kidney transplant

Written by Monday, 30 January 2012 08:01 Published in News Details comment

Mable Atemo a 2010 IT graduate of Makerere University lies in Mulago hospital on life support as she undergoes dialysis, to rid her blood of impurities. Atemo was born with one kidney, which stopped functioning last December. Since then, Atemo has had to visit Mulago hospital for detoxification (dialysis) three (3) sessions a week at a cost of between shs. 400,000/= to 500,000/= per session.

 

According to Atemo€„¢s unemployed mother, Yayeri Adiko a single parent, this sum becomes harder to meet as each day goes by. With help from friends and family, Atemo has been able to go for dialysis only twice a week as opposed to the medically recommended thrice. Among the key functions of the kidney is to remove toxic waste products from the blood, regulate blood pressure and control the amount of fluid in the body. A human being has two kidneys but can function with one. The long term solution for Atemo is to have a kidney transplant at a cost of 70m shillings in India. At the moment, she is only allowed to feed on apples, rice, cassava, beans, peas and posho.

€œI have two children. Atemo is the eldest. It is so painful for me to watch her like this. I pray for a miracle to get Atemo a kidney transplant. I cry out to God everyday. People have been helping, but the money has gone into dialysis so far. Atemo lives in pain, she needs help€„¢Ã¢‚¬„¢ explains desperate Adiko.

One can help Ademo by donating a kidney (only for blood group A), contributing towards her kidney transplant or donating some of the recommended food items.

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The Corporate Relations Office through the Front Office at College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Block A.
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Mobile Money:
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Mabel's Mother, Adiko Yayeri can be reached on 0772587045

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CoCIS graduands @ the 62nd Graduation

Written by Tuesday, 10 January 2012 07:55 Published in News Details comment

A total of 939 students from the College of Computing and Information Sciences graduated on 17th January, 2012 with Diplomas, Bachelors, Masters and PhDs. Of these, 55 got First Class Degrees and Joseph Lutaaya (Bachelor of Computer Science) was the overall best student with a CGPA of 4.80.

The new PhD holders are Benedict Oyo € PhD in Information Systems. Sarah Birungi Kaddu, Hellen Byamugisha and Nathaniel Mukungu got PhDs in Information Sciences.

We particularly congratulate our staff members: Seith Muhairwe and Maureen Twikirize who will be awarded a Masters in Data Communication and Software Engineering and Masters in Information Science respectively.

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First cohort of Makerere-Amity students graduate

Written by Friday, 06 January 2012 12:20 Published in News Details comment

The first group of students who enrolled for the Tele-Education programmes conducted by Amity University of India in partnership with Makerere University have graduated. A total of 44 students obtained Postgraduate Diplomas and Master€„¢s degrees.

The online graduation ceremony which was conducted in India was held simultaneously in five African countries including Malawi, Rwanda, Ghana and Botswana via Video Conferencing on 16th December, 2011.

Several students from Uganda excelled tremendously in various disciplines walking away with four medals out of the six medals given out during the graduation ceremony. In the Master of Finance and Control, Richard Wasswa, Shiela Kasemire and Daphna Naggayi won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals respectively while Charles Orwothwun won a Gold medal have topped the class Â that was pursuing a Master of Business Administration majoring in International Business.

Mr. Joseph Semwogerere, the E-learning Coordinator at Makerere University, lauded the Tele-Education programme which was sponsored under the Pan-African eNetwork project. €œThis project has not only shown the power of harnessing ICTs in promoting education but it has also enabled several people obtain international degrees at reasonable prices. The students only pay operational costs and are provided with learning materials from one of the best universities in the world,€ he added.

According to Dr. Jude Lubega, the Makerere University Coordinator for the Pan-African eNetwork project, Amity University will offer 20 programmes in the 2012 academic year so more students should prepare to enroll for the different courses.

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CoCIS improves safe water access in rural areas

Written by Monday, 12 December 2011 16:43 Published in News Details comment

Approximately 20% of water systems in Uganda do not function or operate significantly behind design expectations with failure rate high especially for hand pump based technologies. To improve the functionalist of these water points, the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) has designed a mobile application that facilitates the availability of actionable and timely information to the district water engineers who ensure that these water points are functioning efficiently.

According to Peter Wakholi, the lead researcher for the Mobile Telephones for Improved Safe Water Access (M4W) project, they are monitoring 15,000 water points in the districts of Arua, Kasese, Kyenjojo, Kabarole, Masindi, Amuria and Lira. Each of these water points, which include shallow wells, deep boreholes, protected springs and public taps, is labelled with a unique identifier number.

€œThe M4W project uses mobile phones to collect information about the status of the functionality of water points taken at a snap shot of time; data on faults, repairs and maintenance of water points and information on the quality of water obtained during inspection by health assistants,€ Wakholi added. A member of the community can send an SMS stating the water point with a problem and the identifier to 8888. This information is then picked up by the system and sent to the hand pump mechanic who attends to the problem and reports the correction to the system using the M4W mobile phone.

€œWith more funding, we hope to increase the number of districts participating in the project and also spread to other regions within Uganda,€ Wakholi said during a press conference organised to showcase some of innovations at the College of Computing and Information Sciences.

The M4W project started in July 2011 and is being implemented by the School of Computing and Informatics Technology, Water Aid Uganda, SNV Uganda, Ministry of Water and Environment, Sustainable Services at Scale and Local Governments in the districts.

Other projects exhibited to the media included CRIMEX; a crime monitoring tool, the Computational prediction of famine and robust traffic flow monitoring. These exhibitions are part of a weeklong Media Week organised by Makerere University to share with the public the different innovations in its Colleges and the School of Law.

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AFRICOMM 2011 aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in ICT to discuss issues and trends, recent research, innovation advances and on-the-field experiences related to e-Infrastructure, e-Governance, e-Business, and enabling policy and regulations with a deep focus on developing countries.

Accepted papers were presented at the conference and published by Springer€„¢s LNICST series. AFRICOMM 2011.

The 1st AFRICOMM conference was held in 2009, Maputo Mozambique, 2nd was held 2010, Cape Town, South Africa and now the 3rd AFRICOMM conference was held on 23-24 Nov 2011, Zanzibar Islands. Makerere University, School of Computing and Informatics was represented by Msc. Data Communication Students the names of Mukakanya Abel Muwumba and Okii Hudson who presented papers titled "Scalable Scheduling with Burst Mapping in IEEE 802.16e (Mobile) WiMAX Networks" and ''Providing Some Quality of Service for Secondary Users in Cognitive Radios Using Time Slotted Systems'' respectively. Head Department of Software and Innovations Prof Hugh Cameroon presented a paper '' A Software Business Incubation Model Using ICTs for Sustainable Economic Development in Uganda"

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Vast and Fertile Ground in Africa for Science to Take Root

Written by Wednesday, 07 December 2011 07:34 Published in News Details comment

He might have been content simply to teach thousands of university students in Uganda how to use computers, assemble them into networks, manage them and write basic software programs. In a poor African country with one of the world€„¢s fastest-growing populations and rising Internet use, that alone would have been an enormous achievement.

But Venansius Baryamureeba had bigger ideas. In 2005, when he returned home with a doctorate from the University of Bergen in Norway, he was just one of a handful of computer scientists in Uganda. And his timing was right. The largely agricultural economy had been growing by about 7 percent annually, propelling an enormous expansion of the upper middle class and the urban elite€„¢s aspirations for advanced training in science and engineering..... read more

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CIT research agenda to accelerate development in the region

Written by Monday, 05 December 2011 09:27 Published in News Details comment

The School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) has successfully launched its Research Agenda aimed at providing computing and informatics solutions for development in Uganda, the region and beyond. CIT€„¢s four research groups; Artificial Intelligence (AI), Development Informatics (DI), Wireless Networks & Systems Security (WN&SS) and Software & Enterprise Engineering (S&EE) will address the ongoing national and global challenges like climate change, food security, health and education.

Speaking at the launch of the Research Agenda and Exhibition at the College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University on 2nd December, 2011, Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) said the research conducted by these groups will provide solutions to our national social-economic challenges.

€œAs Government, we derive a lot of pleasure when our own institutions of higher learning exhibit their finished and ongoing projects and innovations. It shows they are dynamic and can help the country cope with the changes that are taking place in the world,€ he noted adding that;

€œI call upon the various stakeholders to appreciate and make use of what the School of Computing and Informatics Technology has researched into and transformed into solutions for the national social-economic problems experienced by Uganda, the region and beyond. I commend their efforts and I assure them that we shall provide all the support we can garner to ensure that together we finally solve some of the stickiest challenges to the development of our nation.€

Rugunda explained that the newly developed €œNational IT Policy€ would among others mobilize funds for research and dissemination in some universities, encourage joint research and dissemination efforts between the private sector and the universities, encourage industries to set up research and dissemination centres at university level through matching grants and focused joint projects.

Rugunda was represented by Dr. David Turahi, an official from the Ministry of ICT. Dr. Josephine Nabukenya, the dean CIT said these research groups will work with several government entities to transform Uganda using ICTs and thus accelerate development. €œIn the past, the government€„¢s efforts have been impeded by limited human resources in the ICT sector but we pledge that the School of Computing and Informatics Technology is ready to fill this gap by nurturing experienced researchers ready to contribute to the country€„¢s development agenda,€ she added.

CIT is also working with national, regional and international partners like Uganda Communication Commission (UCC), the National Information Technology Authority-Uganda (NITA-U) National Agricultural Research Organization, the University of Nairobi, University of Dar-es-salaam, University of Bergen, University of Groningen, Microsoft, Google and many others.

The function was attended by Mr. Godfrey Mutabazi of UCC, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police plus officials from Bank of Uganda, government ministries, departments and agencies and Makerere University.

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CoCIS Project Impresses President Museveni

Written by Friday, 25 November 2011 07:42 Published in News Details comment

The CU@School Project that was designed by the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) has impressed President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The President viewed this presentation during his visit to Makerere University today, 24th November, 2011.

The CU@School is a teacher: pupil attendance monitoring tool that uses an OpenXdata application that enables primary school head teachers to report pupil and teacher attendance to their District Education Officers. The collected data is also visible at the national level through a GIS interface. The project was implemented in partnership with SNV in the districts of Kiboga and Mbale and more recently Kyankwanzi.

The President had visited the University for the launch of the KIIRA EV, and two lines of production in Food Science and Technology. He was impressed by the number of innovations going on at Uganda€„¢s premier and public university and asked the relevant ministries to look into more funding for the University and better remuneration for its staff.

The President on arrival first toured some of the innovations from the Colleges which included, the low cost irrigation pump- College of Engineering Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT); the Incubation Centre- College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES); the role of natural products in health care delivery: Showcasing herbal/medicinal products in the treatment of Cancer and Diabetes-College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS); Extending HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, TB testing to inaccessible areas-College of Health Sciences (CHS) and a training/education model that aims at universal production and development- College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Bio Security (CoVAB)

With a smile on his face, the Head of State was then driven in the KIIRA EV from the exhibition ground at CEDAT upper parking to Food Science and Technology, where he addressed members of staff and students.

€œI have told the ministries that in terms of remuneration, Scientists should be remunerated up to near international standards. We are going to increase the support for the Institutions. I have nothing but happiness and pleasure to have been here to launch the KIIRA EV and the two production lines in Food Technology. I encourage you to continue. Do not worry about the money, we shall look for it. With our oil, the issue of money will be nothing,€„¢Ã¢‚¬„¢ he emphasized amidst cheer from the gathering. The President thanked both students and staff of Makerere University for the innovations and promised to come back at a later date to see more.

His Excellency described these innovations at Makerere as a renaissance, adding that the institution has woken up from `a deep slumber,€„¢ that has taken its toll on the African continent. He said Africa regressed technologically during the colonial era, but was glad that Makerere University is taking lead in innovations.

€œI must salute Makerere. I will give you all the support. This is just a small beginning. Africa being out of technology has led to slavery, colonialism and marginalization but we can reverse and go back. I am really happy with what is happening here. You can be sure of all the support from Government in spite of our limited resources,€„¢Ã¢‚¬„¢ he added.

In his address, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, thanked Government for supporting Makerere, adding that the University was committed to graduating students with potential to impact on society. He added that Makerere embraces commercialization and is ready for mass production in partnership with the Private Sector. This however awaits the Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) bill before Parliament, to be passed into law.

The Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Mondo Kagonyera asked Government to have a special unit in State House handling Small and Medium Enterprises, so that brilliant projects from students are not frustrated at the implementation phase.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration, Prof. Tickodri Togboa, who was the lead Researcher for the KIIRA EV - was proud that Makerere€„¢s Centre for Research in Transport Technologies was beginning to bear fruit, and revealed that by June 2013, the Centre will have built an electric bus. He thanked the team that had put efforts in having the KIIRA EV take off and asked them not to tire.

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The first Microsoft Innovation Centre (MIC) in Uganda will focus on skills building, jobs and opportunity creation and fostering innovation. €œThis centre is a major milestone for our country particularly the young people who now have a world-class facility to hone their skills,€ said Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, the Minister of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Rugunda, who officiated at the launch of the Centre at the College of Computing and Information Sciences, Makerere University on Monday 21st November, 2011 added that the MIC would provide support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), independent software vendors and also encourage student collaboration, provide support to new start-up companies, and act as the test laboratory centre for the development of software projects.

The new Innovation Centre, located at the College of Computing and Information, Makerere University is an extension of the global Microsoft Innovation Centre network and is designed to promote the development of innovation and growth of the Ugandan software economy. The facility is a result of a partnership agreement between the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and Microsoft, building on UNIDO€„¢s already established technical cooperation programmes in Uganda.

Speaking on behalf of UNIDO, the United Nations Resident Commissioner, Theophane Nikyema, said UNIDO and Microsoft had signed a strategic collaboration in 2006 to tackle the root causes of poverty by promoting innovative uses of ICTs that support entrepreneurship and help promote investment and create business opportunities, especially for SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

€œThis Centre is yet another deliverable within the UNIDO€Microsoft partnership. It will act as an incubator for innovation, technology training and industry skill transfer and actively contribute to economic growth and prosperity in Uganda. I am confident that prospective employers from both, the public and private sector will value the contribution that this Centre can make to skills development, particularly for the youth,€ Nikyema added.

The Partnership Manager for UN/Microsoft, Alethea Lodge-Clarke noted that the centre will provide young entrepreneurs, students, developers and researchers access to expert information and high-tech equipment for testing and developing the latest technologies built on the Microsoft platform.

The Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, said the facility provides the University with an opportunity to engage in more strategic collaborations with other Microsoft Research laboratories thus benefiting from their technical expertise. €œThis will go along way in fulfilling the University€„¢s strategic plans aimed at strengthening our knowledge transfer partnerships and increasing our research output,€ he added.

The function was attended by the Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Jessica Alupo, ambassadors, officials from the National Information Technology Authority-Uganda and members of the ICT fraternity.

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