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THE PhD SUMMER SCHOOL SEMINAR

Monday, 07 September 2015 13:34

 

PHD SUMMER SCHOO SEMINAR

The PhD school seminar which was held at Makerere University, to address the various challenges faced by graduate students in the East African Region has been concluded.

 

The challenges include among others poor facilitation and inadequate support to PhD holders which explains the low research output in high impact forums. These observations motivated senior professor from University of Groningen Prof. Dr. H.G. (Henk) Sol to support research activities in the region.

The seminar which was organised by the College of Computing and Information Sciences took place at RURORUM, from 10th to 14th August, 2015 is one of the moves towards enabling PhD students become more effective, efficient, and confident researchers. This was a hands-on course that emphasized interactive examples and practice.

Prof. Dr. Henk G. Sol a world renowned scholar of Information Systems research. Professor Henk has supervised over 800 masters’ students, promoted 78 PhDs and currently has over 20 PhD students near completion at the University of Groningen under his PhD school of engaged scholars.

Participants were PhD students in both science and humanities at various levels of their research from Makerere University, Kyambogo University, Busitema University, Mbrarara University of Science and Technology, Ministry of Energy – Kenya and UTAMU.

The presentations provided researchers with more knowledge on research methodologies and approaches, philosophies, the writing process, original manuscript format, scientific writing issues and how to communicate with the lay public.

The organizers of the seminar were Dr. Gilbert Maiga the Dean, School of Computing and Informatics Technology Makerere University. The co-facilitators included; Dr. Mercy Amiyo, Makerere University, Dr. Raphael Aregu , Gulu University, Dr. Annabela Ejiri Habinka, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Prof. Jude Lubega, Uganda Management and Technology University, and Dr. Paul Ssemaluluu, Makerere University.

AMITY SCHOLARSHIPS

Monday, 07 September 2015 13:33

ThePan-Africane-NetworkProject is a joint initiative of the Govt. of India and countries of the African Union.  It aims at imparting education to students of African countries participating in the project, using modern information communication technologies, from some of the topnotch universities of India.  The Indian Universities conduct live classes through the state of the art e-learning technology and video conferencing facilities set up at Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences. The degrees and the diplomas are awarded to the successful candidates by the Indian Universities.

Amity University Uttar Pradesh (AUUP)of Indiain collaboration with the Makerere College of Computing and Information Sciences are pleased to announce their LAST intake to the following programs provided under the Pan-African e-network project.

Course Admission Requirements Duration Operational
 Fees per Semester

Post graduate Diploma in Information Technology

A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline

1 year

400,000/=

Post graduate Diploma in French

A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline

1 year

400,000/=

Diploma in Business Management

Two principle passes at A’level and good credit passes  in English and Mathematics at O’level

6 months

300,000/=

Application fee is 100,000/=. Pick Application Forms and Cash deposit slips from the Front office, School of Computing and IT and make payments to DFCU Bank. 
The filled applications together with photocopies of the academic documents and other supporting documents plus the deposit slips should be brought to Makerere University School of Computing and IT Block A front office not later than 30th August 2015.

For more details about the registration for admission, please visit:
Makerere College of Computing and Information Sciences Block A Front Office

Two days annual PACT conference concluded

Monday, 07 September 2015 13:31

 

HON. NYOMBI THEMBO ADDRESSING THE CONFERENCE

By. Geoffrey Nyerere and Prossy Tulinomubezi

 

The annual Pan African Conference on Science, Computing and Telecommunications (PACT 2015) that opened Monday 27 July,  has been wrapped up today Tuesday 28, 2015 at Fairway Hotel Kampala-Uganda.

Hon. Nyombi Thembo, the guest of honor at the conference said the government of Uganda places a lot of importance in research, knowledge transfers and innovations. He assured the Ugandan researchers that the government will be there to support innovations that are aimed at improving the livelihood of the people.

Nyombi also commended PACT for its ability to support active and productive research encouraging innovations and research in the computing and communications sectors.

“The Ugandan government under the Ministry of ICT has taken steps to promote several institutions including the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U), The Uganda National Council of Science, and Technology, UCC among others,” Nyombi said.

The Uganda Communications Commission assured continuous support for ICT projects saying that it is mandated to promote research and development of new communication technics and improve communications services and ensure equitable distribution of services throughout the country.

Patrick Mwesigwa, a representative of UCC director, UCC said that it has established ICT laboratories in over 1,000 government aided secondary schools of which 600 schools are connected to the internet.

“UCC has embarked on supporting and encouraging young ICT innovators through annual communications innovations awards,” he added.

Abdul Nsubuga from NITA-U said that they have entered into MoUs with Makerere University to provide collaboration frameworks in identifying priority IT research areas, research agenda and collectively attracting grants from potential founders.

“NITA-U plans to establish a multi-purpose ICT park that would help in attracting big multinational companies into the industry,” Nsubuga said

 

ASSOC. PROF. CONSTANT OKELLO OBURA

Closing the conference, Assoc. Prof. Constant Okello Obura, the Principal of the College of Computing and Information Sciences held that the conference help to share ideological thinking among researchers and therefore should be encouraged.

 

“The conference yields benefits since its results can help to ensure social economic transformation and if published and well translated, policy makers can be in position to use them,” said Obura.

Dr. Gilbert Maiga the dean CoCIS thanked the funders of the conference which included the ministry of information and communications technology Kampala, Uganda Communications Commission, Ministry of education NITA_U… and he said they are looking forward to utilizing the results of the research.

The two day PACT 2015 conference saw paper presentations by delegates from different universities across Africa such as South Africa, Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, Mozambique and Uganda among others.

It is the third consecutive conference to be held since the first one was in Lusaka Zambia 2013, and the second at Nelson Mandela institute of Science and Technology Arusha Tanzania 2014.

 

 

By: Jacky Achan

Stenden University Senior lecturer, Dan Musinguzi has called on international scholarship seekers to diversify their area of search to stand a chance of winning funds  needed to cover for further education.

Dr. Musinguzi who is based in Quatar, on Tuesday tipped a number of scholars who had gathered at Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) for a workshop focusing on real success for youth.

“Knowing the different types of scholarships is very important. If you know the type which range from academic, athletics to creative among the several scholarship categories that exist, you can get to apply for those that are friendly, meet your needs and not very competitive to win,” he says.

Dr. Musinguzi however warned participant’s against falling prey to scholarship scammers, mostly on the internet.

“They always make promises that are too good to be true. To get a scholarship you have to go through the entire process yourself because it is all about you and your passion,” he explained.

He urged the participant’s to subscribe to different scholarship search engines to receive genuine scholarship openings that one can apply for and win, minus the involvement of middlemen.

Dr. Musinguzi also took the participants through the process of writing a CV. The workshop organized by Focus Consulting Agency Ltd.

Lydia Komugisha the Principle Consultant at Focus Consulting Agency Ltd tipped the participants on how to prepare for job interviews. Participants were drawn from Makerere University and other higher institutions of learning.

 

BWIRE KENNETH SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

 

By Jacky Achan

A mobile phone supported auction system that enables real time agricultural market analysis – Kudu, is continuing to empower farmers in Uganda to successfully and profitably sell their agricultural produce to available markets.

Kenneth Bwire, a member of the Artificial Intelligence in the Developing World (AI-DEV) research group from Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences, that developed the system which links traders and buyers remarked while commenting on the performance of the mobile powered system so far.

He says from 2010 the Kudu team started looking at past price data for agricultural produce in Uganda, and noticed large price discrepancies which indicated problems with efficiency in the market.

“Kudu began with research looking at how to use mobile technology to make agricultural markets more effective in Uganda using three languages that include English, Luo and Luganda,” he says.

“The SMS exchanges between buyers and traders are free on Kudu which has strengthened its success and enabled us sustain the system through a small commission remitted for using the system,” he adds.

Bwire explains before Kudu farmers faced problems in finding buyers for their produce, and were threatened with decay of their goods when no buyers could be found and often having little negotiating power.

He says traders faced uncertainty in being able to locate produce, relying on word-of-mouth networks whereas mobile price advisory services provided some help, particularly to farmers, but seemed to have problems with accuracy and timeliness.

Adding Conventional auction or listings services were not accessible to the majority of farmers and traders in Uganda who have basic phones with SMS functionality only.

The insight behind Kudu was that rather than providing a listing of items offered which buyers could bid on (known as a single auction), a different type of system called a double auction was adopted for being more appropriate to users with basic phones.

In this type of auction, buyers and sellers separately communicate their requirements and the prices they are willing to trade at. The system then periodically clears the market, matching compatible buyers and sellers.

Bwire explains the traders only have to send a single text message, and the system takes into account price, location and other factors to automatically find the best matches.

Google provided support for development in the form of a Research Award in 2011, and the system went live in 2012 as a free service.

Bwire says holding continuous meetings with groups of farmers combined with radio broadcasts and other forms of publicity, has fostered rapid user growth, and the system is increasingly matching large numbers of buyers and sellers across Uganda daily.

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