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FCIT to spearhead education through ICTs with Univ of Hertsfordshire

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As Universal Secondary Education (USE) students graduate from secondary schools, the demand for tertiary education is on the increase. This has lead to many mushrooming tertiary education institutions in Uganda;

As Universal Secondary Education (USE) students graduate from secondary schools, the demand for tertiary education is on the increase. This has lead to many mushrooming tertiary education institutions in Uganda; many of which with questionable quality. In order to increase access to higher and tertiary education to all the deserving Ugandans, Makerere University Faculty of Computing and IT is spearheading initiatives to provide education through Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). This will be independent of time, space and location i.e. we shall provide flexible education.

Discussions with the School of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire (http://www.herts.ac.uk/home-page.cfm) are already underway; once completed Ugandans will be able to undertake the following online degrees where teaching and assessment will be completely via e-learning:

– B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science

– BSC (Hons) Information Systems

– M.Sc. Computer Science

– M.Sc. Distributed Data Management

– M.Sc. Distributed Systems and Networks

– M.Sc. e-Learning Technology

– M.Sc. Human Computer Interaction

– M.Sc. Mobile Computing

– M.Sc. Multimedia Technology

– M.Sc. Software Engineering.

In the medium term, the initiative will be extended to cover more degrees.

Under the Pan-African E-Network Project coordinated by the Ministry of ICT of the Republic of Uganda, the national tele-education learning centre set up at Makerere University Faculty of Computing and IT will with effect from 1st August 2009 offer MBA, PGD in IT, Bachelor of IT, and Diploma in IT programmes from Amity University, the leading ICT-based educational provider in India. The application process is ongoing (See attached. For more information contact CIT Front Office or <mailto:info@cit.mak.ac.ug> info@cit.mak.ac.ug or call: 256-414-540628).

The degrees and diplomas will be awarded by Amity University, India. All this is being made possible by the support from the Government of Uganda, the African Union (AU) and the Government of India. Overall, over 100,000 students from the African continent are going to be trained at the 53 learning centres in the 53 AU countries within the next 5 years under the Pan-African E-Network Project worth over US$116 Million.

Makerere University Faculty of Computing and IT shall continue to explore opportunities that will enable the so many Ugandans in need of higher education access quality education through collaborations and partnerships with the best Universities in the world by exploiting the power of ICT. The broadband network as a result of the completion of the submarine cables on the East African coast coupled with the ICT national backbone being put in place by the Ministry of ICT is going to enable students to access higher education online from any part of the country.

ICT is narrowing the education divide; it is also flattening the world and in the near future all students across the globe will be able to access quality education that is collaborative in nature; independent of time, space and distance. Skilled labour and technological innovations are major conditions for economic growth. Thus it is important to enable the majority of Ugandans to access quality higher education as this will spur economic growth and lead to human development.

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Makerere University Launches National Parenting Draft Manual

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The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo (Centre) and Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC (Right) interact with a participant at the workshop on 22nd July 2022, Kampala.

By Agnes Namaganda

On July 22nd 2022, Makerere UniversityChild Health and Development Centre (MakCHDC) launched a draft manual for the National Parenting Standards. The Centre has been working together with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) with funding from UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund), to develop standards that are agreeable to all organisations in the country that are involved in parenting work. The draft manual was being presented to members of a consortium that brings together all these organisations together, called the Parenting Agenda Consortium.

“We produce many documents and they are shelved,” Irene Ayot Chono, who was speaking on behalf of UNICEF said. “We hope that this document will not be one of them,” she emphasized.

Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.
Irene Ayot Chono-UNICEF, urging participants to utilize the manual once it is complete.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC who presented the draft manual to participants, emphasized that if any organization is doing parenting work, there should be a minimum package that they should offer.

Draft Manual Content

The manual which will have several modules. These modules will be delivered face-to-face in 1.5 hour sessions. Some of these include; Module 6 which will focus on “understanding responsible masculinity and fatherhood” and on “understanding the concept of head of family.”The draft manual also proposed that Module 11 focuses on Parenting in the 21st Century. Some of the sessions in this module will include Children and Technology, Contemporary Influence on Children and Modernity, Culture and Morality.Module 9 will focus on Parenting for Adolescents and some of the suggested sessions within this module are Needs for Adolescents and The Art of Communicating with Adolescents. Module 5 will focus on Preventing Violent Parenting and Promoting Alternative Discipline Strategies while Module 10 will be about Parenting to Address the Mental Health for Children and Adults.

Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.
Dr. Godfrey Siu, the Principal Investigator from Mak-CHDC presenting the contents of the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual.

Participants’ suggestions

After the presentation, participants raised several suggestions for discussion and consideration. These included whether there should be a module on spirituality since Uganda is a strongly religious nation. There was also the concern of how children in remand homes should be parented. Another concern raised by a participant was as to whether teachers who make an undeniable contribution to parenting, should be taken through the parenting manual.

A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.
A participant gives her input at the National Parenting Standards Draft Manual launch.

In her closing remarks, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo, the Director of Cultural Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) said that the manual is for the parenting organisations to utilize and not for MGLSD.

The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.
The Director of Culture at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Ms. Juliana Naumo Akoryo making closing remarks at the workshop.

Ms. Chono also adjured the team behind the manual to use picture illustrations in the manual that can be relatable by the Ugandan parents.

Contact: Agnes Namaganda – agnesvioletnamaganda@gmail.com

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Launch of Mak-RIF Round 4 Awards & PhD Call for Proposals

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Mak-RIF 4 Awards and PhD Call For Proposals, 29th September 2022, 9:00 to 10:00 AM EAT.

Makerere University received funding from the Government of the Republic of Uganda, earmarked to support high impact Research and Innovations. This unique initiative arose after engagements between the top University Management and the Government of Uganda. This fund illustrates the increasing importance that the Government attaches to Research and Innovation as a driver of development and transformation. The objective of the fund is to increase the local generation of translatable research and scalable innovations that address key gaps required to drive Uganda’s development agenda. 

In the Financial years 2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 the Government of the Republic of Uganda through Mak-RIF has funded implementation of over 750 multidisciplinary research and innovations within the various Colleges, while engaging multiple stakeholders within and outside Makerere University. The Grants Management Committee (GMC) has finalized the award process for the Mak-RIF round 4 call for funding for this Financial Year 2022/2023.

The Grants Management Committee (GMC) hereby invites you to the Launch of the Mak-RIF Round 4 awards and PhD Call for Proposals scheduled to take place tomorrow Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. EAT. 

Please use the following details to join the launch.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpcu-urDIjE9ZgxdsbEmA2IkNMMiJVECt_ 
Meeting ID: 884 5662 9992
Password: 292624

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Notice: Makerere Disability Scheme 2022/23 Medical Review Exercise

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One of the PWD graduands at the 69th Graduation during the Session held on 17th January 2019.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites persons with disability who applied for admission to public universities under the disability entry scheme for 2022/2023 Academic Year to appear for medical/review exercise at Makerere Unive, Senate Building, Level Two (2) in the Telepresence Centre.

NOTE: Only those who have the minimum entry requirements of at least two principal passes at A’ Level or its equivalent and at least five (5) passes at O’ Level or its equivalent will be interviewed.

 Only candidates who sat ‘a’ level in 2020, 2019 and 2018 are eligible for admission.

THE EXERCISE WILL BE CONDUCTED ON 3rd, 4th and 5th October, 2022 respectively from 9.00 A.M – 1.00 P.M each day.

IMPORTANT:

(i) If you fail to appear on any of the given days above, there will be no other chance for you.

(ii) Applicants with Government Scholarship for the previous years are not eligible for admission

ALFRED MASIKYE NAMOAH

Acting. ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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