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Innovation exhibition unveils tricks to boost the economy

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By Ernest Jjingo

On April 15, the Makerere University Research and Innovation Fund organised an exhibition for the public to engage with some of the researchers and innovators from Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS). 

As ERNEST JJINGO writes, the Shs 60bn fund has empowered hundreds of innovators to provide key solutions in the sectors of health, farming as well as information and communications technology.

At the College of Computing and Information Sciences, dozens of exhibitors were on hand to welcome guests for the special event.

In many ways, it was sort of accountability for each exhibitor’s grant. Unlike farming exhibitions where exhibits are material stuff, most of this exhibition was digital and touched areas of taxation, healthcare as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

For one, Alex Mwotil stood out with his development of Crane Cloud, an open-source multi-cloud service layer for highly available cloud-based services in Africa.

Basically, Crane Cloud helps you to avoid the complexity and high expense of purchasing and managing a user’s own physical servers and other related infrastructure. Mwotil explained that Crane Cloud manages the infrastructure while you the user manage your applications and you get to only pay for what you use.

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ARUA and WUN to forge equitable research partnership

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Professors Ernest Aryeetey (left) and Peter Lennie at the historic first joint meeting of the African Research Universities Alliance and the Worldwide Universities Network in South Africa on 22 May 2024, Image provided

By Desmond Thompson

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN), jointly representing nearly 50 leading universities on six continents, are moving closer to each other.

The two organisations each held their own annual meetings in South Africa last week, but came together for the first time ever on the Future Africa Campus of the University of Pretoria (UP) on 22 May 2024.

The main issue on the agenda was equitable research collaboration to tackle shared global challenges. Human capacity development emerged as a top priority for both organisations.

Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, the vice-chancellor of Makerere University, said there is a positive change towards decolonising research practices and fostering more balanced partnerships.

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How Dr. Mukebezi’s PhD Promises Fortunes to Farmers in Eastern Uganda

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Dr. Mukebezi Rebecca (Right) with a fellow PhD Graduate during the ceremony on Day 2. 74th Graduation Ceremony, Day 2, 30th January 2024, Collge of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Freedom Square, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

Makerere, Uganda – Achieving farmer participation in collaborative activities to tap into agricultural fortunes is always an uphill task, thanks to a doctoral study by Dr. Rebecca Mukebezi.

Titled Organization of Community-based Innovation Platforms to Facilitate Farmer Participation in Collaborative Activities in Eastern Uganda, Dr. Mukebezi’s study earned her Doctor of Philosophy in the week-long graduation at Makerere University in Uganda.

Her research investigated the intricate structures and collaborative capacities of Community–based Innovation Platforms (CB-IPs) in facilitating farmer participation in collaborative activities in Eastern Uganda, according to her citation in the graduation booklet.

According to her study, these platforms serve as hubs for farmers to engage with various actors in the agricultural ecosystem, fostering a spirit of collaboration and shared innovation. Stakeholders such as line ministry officials, extension workers, and financing systems come into the picture.

The study, conducted under the guidance of esteemed mentors Dr. Bernard B. Obaa and Dr. Florence B. Kyazze, has shed light on the critical factors influencing farmers’ active involvement in collaborative initiatives for better performance and yield.

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Uganda Bureau of Statistics Welcomes New Board Members to Inform Key Decisions for the Country

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Dr. Allen Kabagenyi, Department of Population Studies, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS), Makerere University.

By: Hason Mutunzi Bwambale 

Joining Dr. Byamugisha on the board are esteemed professionals from various fields. Dr. Allen Kabagenyi, Ms. Rosette Nakavuma, Ms. Irene Birungi, Dr. Rogers Matte, Dr. Jacob Opolot, and Dr. Chris Mukiza bring expertise in areas such as economics, social sciences, and data analysis. Their collective knowledge and experience are expected to contribute significantly to UBOS’ mission.

The Uganda Bureau of Statistics Board of Directors. Photo credit: Twitter/@StatisticsUg
The Uganda Bureau of Statistics Board of Directors. Photo credit: Twitter/@StatisticsUg

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