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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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Advert: Mature Age Entry Scheme – Private Sponsorship 2024/2025

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Students sit for an exam in the pre-COVID era, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for the Undergraduate
Programmes under the Mature Age Entry Scheme only for Private Sponsorship for
2024/2025 Academic Year.
Non-Refundable Application fee of Shs. 50,000/= for Ugandans OR $75 Equivalent for
Internationals, plus bank charge should be paid in any of the banks used by Uganda
Revenye Authority after generating a Payment Reference Number (PRN).

  • Apply using the Institution’s Applications Portal URL:https: //apply.mak.ac.ug
  • Application is for candidates who passed the Mature Age Entry Examinations of December 17, 2022 and February 24, 2024 only.
  • Any candidate who passed the examinations in mentioned above and was not admitted on Government/ Private sponsorship for December 17, 2022 sitting, and for Government sponsorship for February 24, 2024 sitting, is eligible to apply for admission on Private Sponsorship for 2024 /2025 Academic Year.

The closing date for applying will be Friday 26th July, 2024.

Further details can be accessed by following this link.

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25

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Main Library, Makerere University. Photo taken on 29th February 2016.

The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released lists of Diploma/Degree Holder applicants admitted under Private/Self Sponsorship for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that admission is subject to verification of academic documents by the awarding institutions.

The admission list is displayed here below:

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African Futures Research Leadership Program: Cohort 5 – Call for Scholars

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Participants at the initial AAP convening participate in design-thinking exercises to help imagine the future of partnerships between MSU and Africa. Photo: AAP

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is seeking applicants for the fifth cohort of the AAP African Futures Research Leadership Program. This competitive visiting scholar program supports early career researchers from the AAP consortium to work for one year under the mentorship of faculty members from MSU and their home institution, focusing on building skills in research for impact, writing scholarly and/or policy publications, disseminating of research results, and developing grant proposals for external support. Scholars will also participate in a structured professional development program while building bridges and lasting connections with MSU contacts and across their cohort. 

The main objective of the African Futures program is to strengthen the capacity of a cadre of African researchers to return to their home institutions and become scientific leaders in their community, establish long-term partnerships with MSU faculty, co-create innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges, and in turn become trainers of the next generation of researchers. This program aims to address the gender gap in Africa, where only 30% of researchers are women, so scholars selected for the program will be women, or men who can demonstrate they are committed to support efforts towards gender equity in higher education institutions in Africa. The research areas that the scholars will engage in during the program should be aligned to AAP’s research priority areas

The AAP Management Team requests applications from early career researchers to participate in the next cohort, with work to begin virtually in February 2025. Scholars will spend September – December 2025 at MSU for the in-person portion of the program, followed by another period of virtual collaboration, ending in early 2026. The scholar and mentor team will receive a small grant for research and professional development activities including conference attendance and publication. Scholars will also receive a stipend during their time at MSU, visa application support, and round-trip travel from their home institution.

Eligibility

  • Citizen of an African country 
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years 
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria 
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for the in-person period 
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor
  • Research must be in one of the AAP priority areas
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal to AAP in this round of funding. Prior scholars are not eligible to apply. 

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click below

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Applications to be an African Futures scholar are due August 18, 2024

Additional program dates:

  • Program start date (virtual): February 2025
  • In-person program: Sept – Dec 2025
  • Program end date: February 2026

Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at jacks184@msu.edu or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Source: AAP

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