On the 18th December 2007, Makerere University signed a MoU with the Uganda Police Force; this is to foster collaboration among the two parties. The overall objective of this MoU is to enable the Uganda Police Force integrate ICTs in its service delivery. The two parties shall be responsible for the design, development and implementation of appropriate electronic information and communication solutions/applications and the selection of the equipment to be used based on compatibility with the existing Government standards and policies. CIT shall be responsible for offering training services to the members of the Uganda Police Force in the varied areas of ICTs. It will also ensure that the technologies deployed are in line and compatible with current industrial standards and shall work with the Government to ensure that users are trained in the use and management of the ICTs. A range of projects with the Uganda Police Force have taken off, such include:
|HP mobile technology will enable us to address three major challenges that students and lecturers encounter in our learning and teaching environments, i.e.;
|Impact on Student Learning
We are blessed with a large number of undergraduate students in our faculty, around 5000 in total. As a result, large lecture theaters are attended by as many as 400 students per course, leading to students and lecturers not experiencing ideal teaching and learning environment. In addition, absence of tools in mobile computing and networking courses has led to a lack of practical skills delivery to students. HP advanced wireless and mobile networking technology is provide the best solution to address these challenges. Below is a set of expected outcomes to students as a result of successful implementation of this project:
Impact on Teaching
Current delivery mode is using static projector with only one display, and white boards, and practical coursework are based on simulation work only. We plan to use wireless projector capabilities and multiple displays to deliver the course. In addition, the large lecture theater will be split into two halves, each half facing one display. The space (corridor) between the two splits together with wireless capabilities will enable lecturer to wander round the class and interact with students at every corner of the class.
The main objective is therefore to improve the learning and teaching experience. The success will yield better comprehension of the lecture and will provide practical skills to students.
Students appreciation, improved results, and increasing number of practical projects will be the evidences to show the success of the project.
Using tablet PCs, wireless projector capabilities, and multiple displays will be key to deliver in-class interactivity
We will build a course WLAN using the provided access point. The WLAN will be used to easily access course materials
The technology will also be used to demonstrate concepts during lectures and will be used in laboratory sessions to provide hands-on skills
Keywords: mobile computing, wireless and mobile networking, wireless projectors, multiple displays, interactivity
Google Inc. has identified CIT as a partner in its programmes for Africa mainly in rolling out Google applications. In October 2007, Google organized a workshop for staff and students interested in participating in Google maps project. In March 3, 2008, CIT hosted a team of experts from Google to officially launch the East Africa Google Gadget Competition. The challenge Cup is intended to showcase the students capabilities and skills. Visit Google
IBMhas provided unique opportunities for both staff and students in the recent past. The faculty has participated in the IBM Deep Dive Drive which brought together ICT academic fraternity, business leaders and politicians in Africa to discuss possibilities of an ICT-led transformation in Africa. Out of these meetings, it was noted that there was need to mentor ICT graduates in preparation for the Industry. As a result, IBM has put together a program called Makocha minds. CIT is a partner on this programme. Students are connected to some of the top brains at IBM to be their mentors. Visit IBM
Microsoft is providing computing facilities for the Microsoft Academy. These facilities provide specialized training to students in Microsoft packages. Because of the competence of CIT students, Microsoft invited them to participate in the Imagine Challenge Cup competed for by students all over the world. For more information about the Microsoft Certification Courses at CIT. Visit Microsoft
NetTel@Africa is a comprehensive capacity-building strategy focused on improving the use of information communication technologies (ICT) to achieve socio-economic development goals in Africa. More than a strategy, NetTel@Africa is an international Network of government officials, academics, researchers, service providers, consumers and civil society.
The overall goal of the NetTel Network is to make the provision of ICT more efficient and ubiquitous to all citizens in Africa. Achievement of the goal will require improved policy and regulatory reform and increased private sector investment in ICT (telecommunications sector). The NetTel Network seeks to strengthen the capabilities of policy making and regulatory bodies, private sector operators, consumer advocacy groups, and academic institutions that assist with sustained capacity building in the ICT sector. The NetTel Network operates four concurrent components:
The impetus to establish the NetTel Network was a request by the Telecommunications Regulators Association of Southern Africa (TRASA) for more coordinated training in advanced ICT policy and regulation. Makerere University Faculty of Computing and IT is currently a member of the NetTel Network offering Postgraduate Diploma in ICT Policy and Regulation, a course resulting from collaboration between Makerere University and NetTel@Africa. For more info, visit http://www.nettelafrica.org/index.php?module=splashscreen
WDP is an initiative to give students and graduates of CIT and the Cisco Networking Academy Program practical experience in Uganda growing ICT sector. Since the inception of this program in 2004, the UN Volunteers together with the Regional Academy Coordinator, the Legal Main Contact of the Regional Academy, and the WDP Coordinator have focused on promoting specific areas of the partnerships. These include: Worksite, Talk sessions, and Internships/Job opportunities. For more information, Click here.
CIT REGIONAL CISCO ACADEMY
Cisco Systems Inc. has provided training to CIT staff empowering them to undertake training on behalf of CIT in the region. As a regional academy, CIT is mandated to ensure that the Cisco programmes in the region are run according to the requirements.
CIT REGIONAL CISCO ACADEMY
In July 2002, CIT was approved as a Regional Cisco Networking Academy under a partnership with Cisco Systems Inc. The Academy has been recognized by Cisco Systems Inc. in the past as having the best Regional Cisco Networking Academy in the whole of Africa because of its outstanding student support and Academy support initiatives. As a Regional academy, CIT is mandated to oversee the Cisco programmes in the region and ensure that Local Academies operate in line with the CISCO Quality Assurance plan. To date, 15 academies have been enrolled with CIT as their Regional Academy, ten of which offer CCNA and five of them offering IT Essentials. The academies include; the 4 public universities in Uganda: Gulu University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Kyambogo University, Makerere University (Department of Women and Gender Studies & CIT), Multitech Business School, Kabale University, Gayaza High School, Islamic University in Mbale, Kampala International University, Monacco Labs, and Kampala University. Of the 15 Cisco local Academies in place, 4 secondary schools were specially nominated to carry out a pilot study and explore the possibility of incorporating one of the Cisco Academy courses (IT Essentials) in the secondary school Computer studies curriculum.
Cisco Systems has sponsored CIT staff to undertake training in South Africa the Cisco Academy Training Center of the Middle East and African region and sometimes instructors receive in-house training by the CISCO Technical Area Manager. This has greatly empowered them to be skilled and certified Instructors.
The Cisco Networking Academy Program is a comprehensive e-learning program that provides students with the Internet technology skills essential in a global economy. The Networking Academy delivers web-based content, online assessment, student performance tracking, hands-on labs, instructor training and support, and preparation for industry standard certifications.
The Cisco Systems Programs offered are;
The professional-level CCNP curriculum builds on CCNA with more complex network configurations, diagnosis, and troubleshooting.
CCNA is a comprehensive curriculum that includes 4 separate modules. The curriculum emphasizes the use of decision-making and problem-solving techniques to resolve networking issues. Students learn how to install and configure Cisco switches and routers in local and wide-area networks using various protocols, provide Level 1 troubleshooting service, and improve network performance and security. Additionally, training is provided in the proper care, maintenance, and use of networking software tools, standards-based high-quality content in specially equipped labs with modern Cisco equipment, where students practice hands-on exercises to apply the concepts they learn at the faculty. Cisco updates the curricula regularly to encompass new technologies and improved instruction. Academy courses support successful careers in Network Design & Administration, Technical Support, Programming, and Software Engineering.
Midnight University: Because of the popular demand for short courses and in bid to meeting the national needs and various needs of its clientele, CIT instituted the popularly termed Midnight programme whose basic aim is to support ICT led socio-economic development through providing ICT Education for All. This programme mainly caters for those who may not find time during the day and evening hours and also caters for those financially constrained since its rates are subsidized. Under the midnight programme, courses run from midnight up to 6:00 am. Courses run under this programme are CCNA and CCA.
Virtual Learning Environment with Simulators Harnessed at CIT: Students utilize the virtual tools like the ITE desktop and Laptop assembling tool, Packet Tracer, Config Maker. Students can create their own virtual "network worlds" for exploration, experimentation, and explanation of networking concepts and technologies and complex networking protocols, making it extremely useful for individual labs, and assessments. It supplements classroom equipment and provides students complementary learning opportunities. I enjoying building a complex network with packet tracer because it doe not have limitations on the number of devices to include in my topology; a student remarked.
Students building a Network topology with Packet Tracer V 5.0
CIT Cisco Gender Initiative: ICT is transforming the global economy and creating new networks that stretch over continents and cultures. However, in recent years, ICT and the issue of gender disparity in its access and usage has received considerable attention. To address this problem, the Gender strategic initiative at CIT under the Cisco academy training programme initiated a waiver on tuition fees targeting the girl child in order to improve the capacity of these students, to make practical use of information and communications technologies (ICT), so as to benefit from the opportunities emerging from the digital revolution. Eliminating gender disparities has a focus on ensuring girl's full and equal access to opportunities and great achievements in life as their male counterparts. Thus the need to give female students the basic skills they would need in the IT world. CIT has boosted the ratio of boys to girls in the CCNA course and has up to 32% of female students enrolled in this short course. The girls actively participate in the highly practical and once male dominated course. They are fascinated by the course and even act as group leaders, thereby working with their male counter-parts at a peer level.
|Student terminating a UTP cable||Students connecting a Network Interface Card|
Bridging the Digital Divide
Cisco Networking Academy reaches students from different ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds in developed and developing nations through partnerships with secondary schools, colleges, universities, and community organizations such as vocational training centers and correctional facilities.
In support of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, Cisco Networking Academy aims to help bridge the digital divide by extending learning opportunities to students in developing countries and those with disabilities. This is accomplished through strategic initiatives and partnerships with nonprofits, businesses, government agencies, and international NGOs. Networking Academy also empowers women by supporting their professional development and encouraging gender equality within the ICT industry.
Cisco Networking Academy has a positive impact on people's lives by encouraging career advancement, improving access to the Internet, supporting the growth of the ICT industry, and promoting sustainable economic development in the communities in which it operates.
As the global demand for skilled ICT workers continues to grow, Cisco Networking Academy strives to provide innovative learning experiences to help students succeed in virtually every type of industry, including healthcare, entertainment, aerospace, and finance.
CIT HOSTS CISCO REGIONAL CONFERENCE
Cisco Systems in conjunction with CIT organized the East Africa Cisco Academy Instructors Conference African Academy Safari 2008. The 2-day event was hosted by CIT from 8th - 9th April 2008. The main focus of the conference was to: Provide Instructors and Academy partners an opportunity to learn about changes to the Networking Academy curricula; Discuss the program's evolution and new technology; Highlight and bring about awareness of best practices within the African NetAcad community; Provide opportunity to explore new teaching methods so as to raise and maintain the quality of instruction by offering quality technical retraining sessions to instructors; and Interact peer to peer with other instructors and Cisco experts.
CIT is in the process of setting up a US$1million to provide national directory services and in future move to attract offshore work. The faculty's strategic plan has a component of preparing the country's human resources to work in the outsourcing industry and setting up a call center is an appropriate first step in that direction.
The African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources (AVOIR) initiative is an effort to strengthen the technology base of leading educational institutions throughout Africa and unify software developers and specialists in education, health, and business to produce business and institution-level software solutions while simultaneously building software design, development, and support for higher education.
In this effort, the AVOIR network is applying information technology tools to assist the veterinary services of Ghana, Uganda, and Rwanda improve the collection, storage, analysis, and dissemination of animal disease data.
The overarching objective of the Animal Health Information System (AHIS) project is deployment of a comprehensive system for surveillance of animal health in Africa. Engaging the AVOIR network to support this effort offers benefits on two levels:
It provides a business opportunity for AVOIR to collaborate and operate as a network; and it provides the AHIS project and veterinary services with in-country technical expertise for the deployed system.
There are two phases of the AHIS project, namely; ICT (Computer hardware and Internet Connection) Needs assessment within the different districts of Uganda plus establishing an internet connection to the selected districts; and Studying the effectiveness of the installed AHIS system in the improvement of Animal Health in Uganda
This aspect of the AHIS project is to identify available connectivity and establish connections between the field offices and the central repository. Currently most, if not all, transmission of data from the field to veterinary services headquarters in Uganda is via paper forms. This is typically a monthly report from the regional or district offices to headquarters, and in some cases reports are delayed up to six months. Initiating connectivity, via the Internet and currently available ICT (information communication technology) infrastructure, from the regional/district offices to the central database would improve the speed and quality of the data flow from the field tremendously.
The AVOIR team consists of University of Western Cape, Makerere University and University of Ghana. Dr. Jude Lubega and Mr. Dickson Muyomba are to implement this project on behalf of AVOIR Makerere University.