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EASLIS Sends 6 Undergrads to University of Borås

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By Charles Halonda-Funa

The East African School of Library and Information Science (EASLIS), College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University in collaboration with the University of Borås, Sweden officially launched the Erasmus+ ICM and Linnaeus-Palme projects. Under the project each institution will exchange and send undergraduate students, academic staff and administrative staff to their respective partner institutions. The project is slated to last three years with a total of 18 students, 9 academic staff and 3 administrative/library staff benefiting from the exchange program.

The collaboration is a partnership that was initiated in 2019 with the approval of the Vice Chancellor, Makerere University– Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe. It consists of two projects and will be funded for three years. The two projects are:

  1. Linnaeus-Palme
    • A SIDA-funded programme administered by the Swedish Council for Higher Education. The aim is to contribute to a broader resource base for international development cooperation and increased quality in higher education, through teacher and student exchange between higher education institutions in Sweden and higher education institutions in low- and middle-income countries.
    • Sustainable Internalization in Library and Information Education.
    • Financed by the Swedish Council for Higher Education.
  2. Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility
    • A programme within the Erasmus+ framework promoting the exchange of students, academics, and non-academic staff with partner countries of the ERASMUS+ program (i.e., mostly non-EU and non-EFTA countries and non-candidate countries of the EU).
    • Enhanced Sustainable and Integrated Internationalization.
    • Financed by Erasmus and the European Union.

Some of the partner countries on these projects include Albania, Brazil, Sweden, Canada, Iran, China, Rwanda and Uganda.

On 1st September 2021, the East African School of Library and Information Science officially bade farewell to the eligible six undergraduate exchange students as the first cohort on these projects. The students are:

  1. Ms. Nakibuka Esther, Bachelor of Library and Information Sciences (BLIS)
  2. Mr. Ssemogerere Abubaker, BLIS
  3. Ms. Kavuhani Immaculate, BLIS
  4. Mr. Ngowi Innocent, BLIS
  5. Mr. Kato Arnold, Bachelor of Records and Archive Management (BRAM)
  6. Ms. Nagujja Jamirah, BRAM
Prof. Constant Okello Obura (Dean, EASLIS) and Richard Batte (Project coordinator) discuss and address questions from the students
Prof. Constant Okello Obura (Dean, EASLIS) and Richard Batte (Project coordinator) discuss and address questions from the students

The students were briefed by EASLIS staff on the expectations from them and the partners and in his opening remarks Prof. Constant Okello-Obura (Dean, EASLIS) emphasized on the fact that they would be ambassadors of EASLIS, CoCIS, Makerere University, and Uganda, hence the need for students’ maturity, innovativeness and discipline that is reflective of the high standards of Makerere University. He further added that the students should continuously be in touch with their Heads of Department/Project coordinator, document their stay, and embrace the good professional operations in place at the University of Borås. This he said, would enable EASLIS to address the requirements and re-plan where necessary for the benefit of the 2nd cohort and further improve its international relations. “Take the many great things from Makerere University to Borås and come back with only good practices from Borås to Makerere University” Prof. Obura remarked.

Prof. Constant Okello-Obura addressing the EASLIS team and students.
Prof. Constant Okello-Obura addressing the EASLIS team and students.

Mr. Richard Batte (Project coordinator) briefed them on the project expectations and encouraged them to heed the advice of Prof. Okello-Obura as he wished them a safe journey.”This opportunity will be very beneficial to you. I know it’s your first time to travel out of Uganda, but it is important to be humble, embrace and learn the culture,” said Richard Batte.

Dr. Joyce Bukirwa tips the students.
Dr. Joyce Bukirwa tips the students.

Dr. Joyce Bukirwa also chipped in and encouraged them to make sure that they attend all the classes (physically and online) and take the opportunity to interact and network for the many opportunities that will be made available to them.

Representing the International Office, Makerere University was Ms. Martha Muwanguzi who congratulated the students for this impressive achievement and asked them to fully utilize this opportunity to seek knowledge and establish life long partnerships as mentees or mentors.

Assoc. Prof. Agnes Rwashana addressing the students.
Assoc. Prof. Agnes Rwashana addressing the students.

In closing Assoc. Prof. Agnes Rwashana (Deputy Principal, CoCIS) congratulated the East African School of Library and Information Sciences for winning the Erasmus grant and making the effort to collaborate with international universities. She also congratulated the students for being selected and asked them to embrace all the advice given by the Dean, Project coordinator and the rest of the team. Most importantly she advised them to take the opportunity seriously for it might never come again.

Speaking on behalf of the students Mr. Ssemogerere Abubaker (BLIS, Student team leader) thanked the EASLIS management and staff for the opportunity of a lifetime. He asked EASLIS staff for their prayers as they embark on this new journey in their lives and promised they would represent EASLIS and Makerere University in a positive light.

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Mak Student for the Continental Africa IOT & AI Challenge Finals 2021

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A screenshot of UBC TV's Lunchtime Bulletin of 20th November 2021 showing Mr. Mbusa Joseph (L) and a teammate at the UICT Premises in Nakawa.

Mbusa Joseph, a student from the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) undertaking a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems and Technology is set to attend the Africa Internet of Things (IOT) & Artificial Intelligence (AI) Challenge finals in Jumeirah Towers, Dubai, UAE from 12th-18th December 2021.

Mr. Mbusa Joseph who is also the CoCIS College President emerged as the best during the National competition of the  (IOT) & (AI)  Challenge in Uganda which  took place on Thursday 18th November 2021 at the National ICT Hub premises at Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Nakawa . Mr. Mbusa Joseph and others trounced their counterparts from Kabale and Busitema University.

Mbusa was among the Mak team that developed a technology dubbed, “Ntaasa Emergency system”, to improve  communication between the emergency service providers (Ambulances, Police, firefighters, and health works) and the Ugandan citizen.

“I congratulate Makerere University upon having students at the final National Competitions in which the best candidates will represent Uganda at the regional and continental levels in Dubai on the 13th December 2021”, said Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, Chairman and Managing Director UTAMU Research and Innovation City (UTAMURIC). UTAMURIC is an umbrella non-profit organization that promotes research, innovation, business incubation and startups in Africa. 

Injury and medical emergencies are among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in Uganda. The burden has cost the country massively in terms of human life.

This is partly attributed to inadequate means of communication between the Ugandan citizens and the emergency service providers (Ambulances, Police, and Health services. There is also an inadequate means of reporting violence and crime to the stakeholders.

It is for this and other reasons that students wrote a proposal to develop sustainable solutions that will increase access to emergency medical and security services across the country and reduce preventable deaths of Ugandans as government works towards rolling out the National Emergency Medical Service.

“The goal and objective(s) of this project is to save lives with the use of technology, bridge the communication gap between the emergency service providers and the Ugandan citizen and to improve crime reporting and other unacceptable conditions in society to the police and other stakeholders”, Mr. Mbusa said.

Users download the application from google play store by search keyword, “Ntaasa Emergency system” and then install that application on their phone.

The name and phone number of the person get registered in the software application for quick back and forth communication with the service provider and the victim. The user then gets access to all the service providers’ contact information so that they can call them or send SMS to them.

“Service providers give us toll free numbers, however, if they do not have a toll-free number then, they give us a paid number. For users that are not able to connect to the internet, we shall have an SMS short code where they can place their requests and our agents will be responding and connecting to them in real-time,”, said Mr. Mbusa Joseph.

Africa IoT& AI Challenge

Africa IoT& AI Challenge is a continent-wide program for senior university students and startups that have innovative ideas in the areas of Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and related fields. The challenge is co-organized by several national and international partners like the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with its dedicated society for Technology and Engineering Management (IEEE TEMS), and different universities, corporates, and governmental entities in Africa

“On behalf of the steering committee of the Africa IoT& AI Challenge, I cordially invite you to participate in the finals of the Africa challenge among the activities of IEEE Global Conference on Artificial Intelligence & Internet of Things (IEEE GCAIoT ) 21”, Mr. Mohamed Aboud, Chairman of Africa IoT& AI Challenge Program stated in his invitation letter to Mak students.

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Jane Anyango is the Principal Communication Officer, CoCIS

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CoCIS CIPSD Short Courses December 2021 Intake

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Students use computers in one of the Labs at the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Date taken: 12th August 2010.

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 starting 13th December 2021.

For further enquiries, contact;

The Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CIPSD)
Level 5, Block B/Front Office, Block A
College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS)
Makerere University
E-mail: psd.cis[at]mak.ac.ug
Url: www.cis.mak.ac.ug/cipsd
Tel: +256 392 000 180
Mob: +256 782 512 897/+256 752 779 964/+256 775 349 730

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CoCIS CIPSD Short Courses Online November 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 starting 8th November 2021.

For further enquiries, contact;

The Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CIPSD)
Level 5, Block B/Front Office, Block A
College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS)
Makerere University
E-mail: psd.cis[at]mak.ac.ug
Url: www.cis.mak.ac.ug/cipsd
Tel: +256 392 000 180
Mob: +256 782 512 897/+256 752 779 964/+256 775 349 730

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