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FCIT awards first Computer Systems Engineers Certificates

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“This certificate award ceremony marks a turning point in the Computing Landscape” remarked Dr. Benjamin Kanagwa, The Head, Department of Networks, Faculty of Computing and Information Technology in his welcome address.

“This certificate award ceremony marks a turning point in the Computing Landscape” remarked Dr. Benjamin Kanagwa, The Head, Department of Networks, Faculty of Computing and Information Technology in his welcome address.

Dr. B. Kanagwa-Head,Dept of Networks FCIT

 

He further added that on completion of this course, students were equipped with sufficient knowledge in embedded systems to compete in the development of intelligent automated systems and toy cars like their counterparts in China, Japan and the United States of America.

 

Eng. Wekesa John-Student Rep.Speaking on behalf of his fellow students Eng. Wekesa John, a mechanical engineer by previous training gave special thanks to all the instructors in Electronics, Computer Programming and Embedded systems. He appreciated the fact that after his ten week course, he and his peers were now equipped with sufficient knowledge to write program code, debug it and embed it into a microprocessor to achieve the desired functionality. And with this knowledge, the only limit to their output would be the ability to innovate and apply the rich knowledge accumulated during the course’s duration.

Mr. Higenyi Perez - InstructorMr. Higenyi Perez who spoke on behalf of his fellow instructors Mr. Omure and Mr Waligo appreciated the students’ efforts in adhering to the 10 week course structure and successfully rising to the challenges. He further thanked The Dean of the Faculty Prof. Barymureeba for this initiative and colleagues Dr. Kanagwa and Drake Mirembe for providing unceasing support throughout the course instruction. He noted that being the maiden course, a few observations had been made, which would help review the content to provide a more streamlined course for successive intakes.

 

Team FCITHeld on a cloudy afternoon on September 30th 2009, the third level Computer Systems Engineering lab of the Faculty’s Block B building played host to the award ceremony, the first of its kind in the history of the Faculty and the University. In his comments Mr. Michael Niyitegeka the Head, Corporate Communications at the faculty noted that after the 200 hour course; 120 hours theory and 80 hours practical, the students had met the requirements to be awarded certificates as the pioneers of this course. He then invited The Chief Guest and Dean Prof. Baryamureeba to award the successful students their certificates.

In his closing remarks The Dean appreciated the efforts made by Dr. Benjamin Kanagwa and his colleagues for nurturing this course within the Department of Networks. Impressed with the level of innovation, he pledged six million shillings to the graduates to help them market their innovations to the public.

He further stressed the importance of incubation of innovations that can provide ideal solutions to local problems hence the need for the Government and Academic institutions to come out and support these centers. “It is by nurturing young talent and ideas that companies like facebook and Microsoft were founded and continue do well on the global scene” he added.

Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba-Dean FCIT

In keeping with the Makerere University strategic plan of 2009-2019, the Dean noted that the Faculty had recently revised the curricula to meet the needs of society by training quality graduates equipped with hands-on skills. He also announced that the faculty had recently received a grant of two billion shillings for upgrading computer laboratories into state-of-the-art facilities. As exhibited by the award due to be received by the Dean on behalf of FCIT, he stressed that such grants will enable the faculty to continue being a model facility of computing in East and Central Africa.

In conclusion, he thanked the various Media houses for covering the event, the students for their participation in the program and the publicity garnered by Faculty’s Corporate Communications Office.

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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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