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CoCIS gradutes 500 in BPO programme

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:30 Published in News Details comment

The College of Computing and IT successfully graduated the first applicants of the Business Process Outsourcing programme, on 26th April 2011. This programme was conducted in partnership with the Ministry of ICT, Orion Outsource world and the African BPO Academy (ABA).

In a bid to address the unemployment concerns among the youth, Government of Uganda designed a Job Stimulus Program (JSP) aimed at creating job opportunities to the youth mainly through the use of ICT. National Information Technology Authority-Uganda, one of the implementing agencies contracted Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences, CoCIS, to train 500 graduates in Business Process Outsourcing Skills (BPO).

These youths have trained for a period of two months and are now well equipped with soft skills to enable them work in the BPO industry in areas of information technology, customer care, human resource and call centers.

The BPO training at CoCIS was launched on 17th January 2011, by Uganda

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Makerere University scoops CIO Award

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:26 Published in News Details comment

Makerere University has scooped the prestigious overall award in ICT and Innovations, in the education sector of the East African Region. The award recognized Makerere for translation of the Google interface into Luo and Runyakitara languages, during a breakfast meeting at Serena hotel on 17th March 2011. This translation was done by the College of Computing and Information Sciences, COCIS, as a public-private sector contribution. (check out http://www.google.co.ug/). The initiative is aimed at lessening the illiteracy levels in the country and the region, by making it possible for people to access information in their local languages and preserving culture.

The Principal of COCIS, Prof. Ikoja, described the achievement as an indication that Makerere is poised for great heights and encouraged the students and staff to stay focused on excellence in all their endeavours.

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NCHE to visit Makerere - COCIS

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:21 Published in News Details comment

A team from the National Council for Higher Education, NCHE, is to visit the different proposed Colleges of Makerere University for a week starting 14th March 2011. The College of Computing and Information Sciences, COCIS, will be one of the Colleges to be visited. COCIS is made up of the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) and the East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS).

The NCHE team will among other things inquire about the advantages of the proposed collegiate university system, establish the availability of academic and administrative staff, and recommend to council whether or not the proposed constituent colleges should be established. The NCHE is mandated to regulate and guide the establishment and management of institutions of higher learning. It looks into the quality of higher education, equating of qualifications and advises government on issues of higher education.

Makerere University as a Collegiate University will see power decentralized to colleges in administrative and academic affairs. Colleges, as approved by Senate, are to take full effect in July 2011 and a number of internal processes are ongoing to beat this deadline.

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BPO sessions start

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:02 Published in News Details comment

The first applicants of the Business Process Outsourcing programme have attended orientation sessions at the School of Computing and Informatics Technology. The orientation sensations were to familiarize students with the basics in understanding and appreciating the BPO industry, and to brief them about how the training will be conducted. About 500 degree holders have been identified to start the BPO training which kicks off on 22nd February 2011.

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Ericsson Widget Awards (EWA) 2011

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 18:59 Published in News Details comment

This competition is targeting developers, students, content providers and small software companies and the objective is to get good applications for our estore and application stores. The last date of submission is first of March 2011 and we will have a prize ceremony in April 2011.

The advantages to the developers/companies other than the prize money ( total prize pool EUR 30,000 ) will include:

  1. visibility and promotion
  2. possibility to distribute apps in selected markets
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Google Code Jam; Africa & Arabia Competition.

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 18:52 Published in News Details comment

Do you love solving complex problems? Do you code in your sleep? Are you a student at an African or Arabic university? Are you interested in internships at Google?Code Jam AA is a new coding competition for African and Arabic computer science students. It's your chance to try your skills against fellow coders and algorithmic whizzes! Google engineers have been hard at work developing a set of brainteasers designed to challenge your CS know-how. Think you can beat them? You might win a t-shirt or special prize pack. Interested in Google internships?

Register now and let us know!

Outstanding performance in Code Jam AA 2011 may be considered if you apply for an internship at our European Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland...

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COCIS Starts its College implementation process

Written by Wednesday, 15 June 2011 18:40 Published in News Details comment

The College of Computing and Information Sciences, COCIS, has started implementing the process of College formation. Colleges, as approved by Senate, will take full effect in July 2011 and the time is right for initial implementation processes to begin. COCIS is made up of the School of Computing and Informatics Technology (CIT) and the East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS).

Makerere University as a Collegiate University will see power decentralized to colleges in administrative and academic affairs. COCIS will be efficiently run through College and School Committees. It will have a curriculum review to tailor the course units to industrial needs, and also focus on more research output

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