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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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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education

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Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu (L) receives a plaque and citation from RUFORUM Board Member and Vice Chancellor Ndejje University-Professor Eriabu Lugujjo (Right) on 6th May 2021 at the RUFORUM Secretariat, Plot 155 Garden Hill, Makerere University Main Campus,

When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, such as rewarding staff, that he could have done differently to impact university education more.

But he did what he could have done, under the circumstances.

He presided over MU (in 1993) when student enrolment was 5,000 and left in 2004 when the population was surging to more than 15,000.

He emphasised the use of information communication technologies in almost all the institutions he had been involved in and sent many academic staff on exchanges to boost research and innovation. Now, more African universities engage in ground-breaking research.

So, he proceeded to accept his recognition and make his acceptance speech, which was mostly about gratitude.

Ssebuwufu, 74, who is currently the chancellor at Kyambogo University and the vice-chancellor of the University of Kisubi, is credited for his exemplary leadership and pragmatic methods that have shaped higher education in Uganda and Africa as a whole.

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022. Photo credit: AfDB

The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.

About the JADS program

The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline.  The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.

The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.

Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.

Application Procedures

  1. Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
  2. Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
  3. University evaluates and selects applicants.
  4. University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
  5. AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
  6. AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.

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WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update

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Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, Finance Chairperson, World Health Summit Regional Meeting Africa, June 2021.

SOPs: Our plan is to have 200 sets of people in different spacious rooms…

Prof. Tonny j. oyana, finance chairperson whs regional meeting africa

We are sincerely grateful to our sponsors…

Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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