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Framework for Establishment of Community Multipurpose Telecenters in Karamoja

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A group of researchers from the College of Computing and Information Sciences, (CoCIS), Makerere University on 14th October 2020 disseminated research findings for their project titled “A Framework for the Establishment of Community Multipurpose Telecenters in Karamoja Sub-Region”

The project team which comprises of Mr. Aloysius Mwanje (Principal Investigator), Assoc. Prof. Agnes Rwashana (Researcher), Mr. Francis Ekwaro (Researcher), Ms. Lois Mutibwa Nankya (Researcher) and Mr. Kenneth Kirya Erickson (Researcher) carried out the research in six districts of Karamoja (Abim, Amudat, Kotido, Moroto, Nakapiripirit and Napak). 

The key research finding was that the establishment of telecenters in the nine districts of Karamoja will not only bridge the digital divide gap that exists between Karamoja and the rest of Uganda but will also go a long way to achieve economic development in the sub-region. 

“Karamoja is behind in all aspects of development in Uganda. These multipurpose community telecentres are ICT for Development Innovations which are relevant for rural areas. If you adopt them for Karamoja, you will bridge the digital gap between the region and the rest of Uganda by providing ICT services, community radio, access to library services etc.,” Ekwaro said. 

The research involved 728 respondents including community members, district leaders, health workers, education officers and non-state organisations. Notable among the findings was that the sub-region has only one public library which is in Moroto, five radio stations out of which four are in Moroto town, insecurity, illiteracy and poor communication networks. 

Ekwaro noted that during national examinations, schools hire computers from secretarial bureaus. He also noted that due to poor radio signals, most locals listen to Kenyan stations. 

Mwanje, the Principal Investigator, said the choice of a telecenter is the best response to these needs and that government does not need to fully implement the project but rather start with a pilot center and once successful, roll out to other districts in the region. 

The Chair, Department of Library and Information Science, Dr. Joyce Bukirwa said
that if we talk about building a knowledge-based economy then information must reach the people,” she noted. 

Prof. Tonny Oyana-Principal, CoCIS also welcomed the research done by the team especially in such a remote area and during this COVID-19 pandemic and pledged to provide additional support to the team in terms of mentorship.

The Minister of State for Karamoja and the Guest of Honor at the dissemination, Hon. Moses Kizige expressed willingness to work with the University and the project team to establish these centers. 

Please see below for the Project summary and Research findings.

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Amity University: Call For Applications July 2021 Intake

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Block B of the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from the Block A parking lot

In partnership with Amity University (AUUP), Makerere University under the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) has been offering e-Learning courses (Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s, post-graduate diplomas and Post-graduate certificates) for the last over 10 years under the Pan African e-network project on behalf of the Uganda government, Indian government and African union.

Now under a new Partnership M.O.U since inception in the year 2018. We offer a variety of courses tailored for convenient and continued education to students in East Africa unable to attend university physically, using modern information communication and online technologies from AUUP and state-of-the-art e-learning technology. The degrees will be awarded to successful candidates by Amity University.

Please see Downloads for course details.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Master and Postgraduate programmes – Minimum is a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.
  • Bachelor programmes – Minimum is two (2) principal passes at ‘A’ level.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

  • Pick an Application Form (50,000 UGX) and banking details: ACCOUNT NUMBER: 9030014896898, ACCOUNT NAME: COLLEGE OF COMPUTING & INFORMATION PROJECTS. – STANBIC BANK. (ANY BRANCH IS OK.)
  • Submit together with photocopies of certified transcripts, certificates, two passport size photos, and a copy of your National ID and Passport (Mandatory for all applicants)

PLEASE NOTE:

  • All students are required to pay not less than 80% of the tuition fees before registration and enrollment.

Application deadline for July intake is 30th June 2021

For additional details contact:

The Front Office, School of Computing and IT, Block A
Phone: +256 788 864870 OR +256 703 147449 (WhatsApp)

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CoCIS Annual Report 2019/2020

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The Principal CoCIS-Prof. Tonny Oyana (Right) and Deputy Principal CoCIS- Assoc. Prof. Agnes Rwashana Semwanga (Left) at the Press Conference held on 8th May 2019 to announce the US$ 1.3m Google AI Impact Grant awarded to AirQo.

We are extremely grateful and privileged to share our Annual Report for Academic Year 2019/20 with Makerere University community. The College is on track to be a thoughtful leader in shaping a strong, shared vision of academic success in ICT flagship research and education.

Although the first six months of academic year 2019/20 have been very exciting and full of significant accomplishments, the last six months have been quite challenging due to the unprecedented pandemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SAR-CoV-2), that causes Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). I anticipate that Science, our collective actions and any other adversity will yield positive outcomes, which will address current hardships that have significantly affected our livelihoods.

I take this opportunity to thank COCIS staff, faculty, and students for the resilience you have demonstrated and for all you have to do to keep our college moving forward to meet our strategic goals. Achieving academic success continues to remain an intentional outcome of our research and educational activities.

Let us continue to live healthier lives and practice good hygiene habits.

This academic year I would like to highlight excellent research and innovations that are being carried by our students and faculty. Why is our focus on Research and Innovations? At the heart of our distinctive model of ICT teaching and learning, we ensure the production of fine and high-quality human resource, while with research and innovations, we wish to increase the production of critical breakthroughs of ideas that advances scientific knowledge and innovations. This, we believe, will culminate into technological solutions. Currently, our college has a majority population of young faculty with incredible potential and a top 10% talented crop of students in the nation ready to exponentially push our research and innovations agenda forward. For example, our amazing faculty and students are building IoT sensor devices for smart homes, smoke detection, indoor and outdoor asthma monitoring and management, and robotics.

As College Principal, I appreciate the excellent progress we are making in conducting high-quality research. Our research capacity has significantly grown and it is very strong. We have a total number of 30 active grants secured either internally (22) or externally (10). Our graduate enrolment now stands at 9.6% up from 3% three years ago. We are on a steady march to meet our current target of 15%. This academic year we graduated six PhDs, 24 Masters, and over three faculty successfully completed their PhDs. Our College continues to offer impeccable educational and research opportunities for students and at-large community.

Thank you very much for reading our Annual Report and when you are in Makerere University stop by and visit this amazing college. We are committed as a college to be the leading regional hub for Data Science and AI research.

Professor Tonny J. Oyana
PRINCIPAL

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CoCIS CIPSD Short Courses April 2021 Intake

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Block B of the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CIPSD), College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University is a specialized unit which delivers state-of-art training in ICT. The training includes; Cisco Networking Academy for Cisco related courses, Microsoft IT Academy Program for Microsoft related courses, International Computer Driving License course, Oracle Certified Training center for Oracle, Linux and Unix Training center. CoCIS is also an authorized Testing center, operating under PearsonVUE and Kryterion.

Please see Downloads for the courses currently offered at the Center.

For further enquiries, contact;

The Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CIPSD)
Level 5, Block B,
College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS)
Makerere University
E-mail: cipsd[at]cis.mak.ac.ug
Url: www.cis.mak.ac.ug/cipsd
Tel: +256 392 000 180
Mob: +256 782 512 897

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