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Over 300 Graduate under Mak-Amity University & e-VBAB Online Education Program

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Over 300 candidates who pursued online education under the Makerere and Indian universities agreement have been Awarded Diplomas and Degrees at a colourful ceremony that was held at the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS).

The ceremony held on 14th April 2023 was presided over by the Principal CoCIS Prof. Tonny Oyana on behalf of management and attended by his Deputy Dr. Peter Nabende and Dr. Kyanda Swaib who represented the Dean School of Computing and Informatics Technology.

In 2018, the Government of Uganda and the Government of India signed an MoU geared towards the implementation of the e-Vidybharati and e-Aarogyabharati (e-VBAB) projects in Uganda. To promote the activities of this project, Makerere University was chosen to serve as a regional centre to advance Tele –education in the East African region.

The current running MoU between Amity University, and  Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences was negotiated in the year 2018 and, is renewable after five years while the e-VBAB project MoU was signed in 2019 for five years, and is still running until the end of 2024.

Members of the College management and graduands cutting the cake to symbolize the celebration.
Members of the College management and graduands cutting the cake to symbolize the celebration.

The e-VBAB Network Project set up an e-Learning Centre at the College of Computing and Information Sciences(CoCIS) well equipped for use with a modern video conferencing laboratory with two programmes namely, Amity–Makerere University and the e-Vidybharati and e-Aarogyabharati (e-VBAB) Makerere project.

The primary goal of this partnership was to espouse online teaching and learning as well as offer degree and postgraduate degree programmes at affordable tuition fees rates devoid of functional fees.

Under both the e-VBAB project and the MoU between Amity and Makerere University several students were enrolled on various courses offered by premier Indian universities offering a number of programs including tourism management, French, Business Management, physical science engineering, IT, Financial literacy, Human Resource, Business analytics.

A total of 2,100 students have been enrolled under both the Amity-Makerere MoU and the e-VBAB programmes. Of these, 1,346 students were enrolled on 100% scholarship under the e-VBAB project from 2020 to date, spread across 28 Indian universities. Under the Makerere -Amity University MoU, a total of 754 students have been admitted under partial scholarships of up to 70% since 2018 across ten intakes.

Another section of graduands posing for a group photo with the college management.
Another section of graduands posing for a group photo with the college management.

Under these MoUs, the college churned out 339 graduates of these, 185 are under the Makerere–Amity University agreement and 154 under the e-VBAB project.

The virtual graduation ceremony for the cohort of students who enrolled on programs offered by the mentioned universities was held for different groups since 2019 in India.  A total of 381 students from Uganda were awarded Master, PGD and Ordinary  Diploma qualifications.

Speaking during the award ceremony Prof. Tonny Oyana thanked the parents and spouses of the candidates for being supportive. He recognised the Indian government and taxpayers for offering scholarships and subsidised education.

Prof. Tonny Oyana making his remarks.
Prof. Tonny Oyana making his remarks.

Prof. Oyana credited members of the faculty, the head CIPSID and the e-Learning coordinator for a job well done.

He told the congregation that the college organised the Degree Award ceremony to celebrate this milestone and academic brilliance.

“Education is not an easy journey. I thank you all for your endurance. Many times when you are beginning it is exciting. When a lecturer announces a test, your heart starts to beat and some people drop off during the process, but you are strong-hearted, the strong-willed and you have endured thank you for staying in the course and that is why we are celebrating here”. He added

The Principal further advised graduands to be kind and loving as they move out of the gates of Makerere and always to remain humble as they advance in their careers.

Prof. Oyana implored parents to motivate their children adding that the celebration starts at nursery school.

Speaking on behalf of the Academic Registrar Makerere University, Prof. Oyana thanked all, for sparing their valuable time to witness the graduation.

The Deputy Principal CoCIS, Dr Peter Nabende congratulated the graduands upon this achievement noting that the degrees attained are just a beginning and that, there was more learning to do.

“Your degrees have come through online learning. It means that already there is a skill you have acquired and take further”

Nabende appreciated the Indian government and all stakeholders for supporting the candidates in their academic journey.

The tele-education coordinator Ronald Mwanje described the day as special not only for the graduates but also for the institutions and the world as a whole.

“We are here to celebrate the achievements of the students who have worked hard over the years to complete their studies successfully. I want to congratulate each and every one of you for your dedication and commitment to your studies, which have brought you to this milestone. Your hard work, perseverance, and determination have paid off, and you can now stand tall, proud of all that you have accomplished”. Mwanje said

The tele-education coordinator Ronald Mwanje speaking.
The tele-education coordinator Ronald Mwanje speaking.

Mwanje also recognized the efforts of the faculty members who have worked tirelessly to support and guide the students throughout their academic journey, noting that their expertise, guidance, and mentorship have been invaluable in shaping the students’ careers and ensuring that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in their chosen fields.

He said the partnership between Amity University and the EVBAB project has been instrumental in providing quality education to the students in Uganda. Since its inception in 2018, the project has aimed to create a sustainable model for higher education delivery in East Africa. The project has collaborated with Makerere University’s CoCIS to provide high-quality education, leveraging technology and modern teaching methods.

Through the EVBAB project, Amity University has been able to share its expertise in online and distance education with students in Uganda, providing them with an opportunity to access quality education that may have been otherwise impossible. This project has also enabled the students to develop global perspectives and enhanced their employability, contributing to the growth of the local and regional economies.

“The partnership between Amity University and Makerere University’s CoCIS has been fruitful, resulting in the successful completion of various programs, including Bachelor’s, Diplomas, Master, and PG Diploma. The students who have completed these programs are well-equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to contribute to their fields and society as a whole”, he stressed

Online education according to the coordinator has revolutionized the method of teaching and learning by making education more accessible, flexible, and cost-effective and also opened up opportunities for students to learn from top universities around the world, regardless of their location, and provided a platform for students to engage with diverse perspectives and

As the e-learning coordinator for this project, Mwanje said he has witnessed first-hand the students’ dedication and hard work in completing their studies, seen them overcome various challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, which disrupted education worldwide exhibiting resilience, adaptability, and a commitment to their studies, which have enabled them to complete their programs successfully.

“The graduates of today are a testament to the success of the e-VBAB project, the partnership between Amity University and Makerere University’s CoCIS, and the commitment of the students and faculty members. You have worked hard to reach this milestone, and I am confident that you will go on to achieve great things in your careers and personal lives”

“As you graduate today, I want to remind you that your education does not stop here. It is only the beginning of a lifelong journey of learning and personal growth. You have gained knowledge and skills that will serve you well in your chosen fields, but there is still much to learn and achieve. I urge you to continue to seek knowledge, explore new ideas, and be open to opportunities that come your way”. He advised

Graduands advised being Compassionate, Courageous and Creative

Mayonza Bob speaking on behalf of the graduands.
Mayonza Bob speaking on behalf of the graduands.

Representing the graduating students, Mayonza Bob reminded students that education is the most powerful weapon that can transform their lives, the communities and the world at large adding that once with great power comes with responsibilities, and they must use their education not only for their benefit but for the benefit of society.

“As we embark on our journey into the world, I urge you to remember these three Cs that is, Compassion, Courage and Creativity. Compassion is the foundation of a just and equitable society. The ability to understand and share the feelings of others and to act with kindness and empathy. In a world that is increasingly divided by politics, religion and ideology, we need more compassion than ever before”, Mayonza advised.

Mayonza described courage as the fuel that drives progress, the willingness to take risks, to speak truth to power and to stand up for what is right even when it is unpopular or difficult. As they navigate the challenges and obstacles that lie ahead, Mayonza implored fellow graduands to remember that courage is not the absence of fear, but, the triumph of it, so they must be brave and courageous.

Creativity according to Mayonza is the engine of motivation, the ability to think outside the box and see things in a new light and imagine a better future. As they embark on their careers, Mayonza advised that whether in business, science, art or any other field, they should remember that creativity is not a gift installed upon the few, but a skill that can be learned and cultivated, so they should be cautious.

“It means creating an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and respected, where the voiceless are heard and where their contributions are recognised. It means investing in education and training programmes that help individual owners and organisations to stand tall against all odds and representing communities to develop skills of their unprivileged and networks that help nations and communities.”

Mayonza also advised graduands to embrace diversity in all forms and to be agents of change in their communities and workplaces whether they have or are pursuing a career in business, management a degree, or a postgraduate.

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Left to Right: Prof. Edward Bbaale, Dr. Rose Nakasi, PS MoICT & NG Dr. Amina Zawedde and Prof. Tonny Oyana after unveiling the AI Health Lab on 30th May 2024. Launch of AI Health Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

In a significant stride towards enhancing healthcare through technology, the Government of Uganda, in collaboration with Makerere University, has inaugurated the Artificial Intelligence Health Lab. This pioneering initiative aims to revolutionize healthcare delivery using artificial intelligence (AI), marking a crucial advancement for the nation. The lab is situated in Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences

The Guest of Honor, University Management team and Panelists Cutting cake. Launch of AI Health Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
The Guest of Honor, University Management team and Panelists Cutting cake.

Launching the lab on 30th May 2024, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance,  Dr. Aminah Zawedde  highlighted the importance of this development. “Today marks a momentous occasion as we unveil the Artificial Intelligence Health Lab at Makerere University. This milestone signifies not just a step forward for the university but for our entire nation as we enter an era of innovation and advancement in healthcare through artificial intelligence,” she remarked.

Dr. Zawedde emphasized the transformative power of AI in healthcare, noting its potential to revolutionize diagnostics, treatment plans, and personalized care. She acknowledged the government’s ongoing efforts to integrate AI into healthcare through initiatives like telemedicine platforms, health data analytics, and AI-driven solutions in medical imaging and drug discovery.

However, she stressed the need for ethical and responsible AI deployment, addressing algorithmic biases, patient privacy, and equitable distribution of AI benefits.

Dr. Aminah Zawedde delivering her speech. Launch of AI Health Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Dr. Aminah Zawedde delivering her speech.

“The Ministry of ICT & National Guidance is committed to supporting AI adoption in healthcare through policy guidance, financial support, capacity building, and infrastructure development,” Dr. Zawedde stated. She called for collaboration among government agencies, academia, healthcare providers, and technology partners to advance AI initiatives responsibly.

Government Emphasizes Homegrown Solutions and Digital Priorities

Dr. Aminah Zawedde,  highlighted the importance of prioritizing locally developed solutions to better understand and effectively address national challenges. She outlined five key priorities for Uganda’s digital transition, focusing on infrastructure, accessibility, digital services, cybersecurity, data protection, privacy, digital skilling, and innovation.

Regarding infrastructure and connectivity, the government aims to expand coverage to 70% of the country within the next five years, with ongoing projects supported by the World Bank and China. This initiative targets essential institutions like schools, hospitals, administrative offices, and innovation hubs.

A section of participants attending the function. Launch of AI Health Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
A section of participants attending the function.

Ensuring accessibility of gadgets, particularly smartphones, is another critical focus area. Recognizing the importance of these devices for accessing digital technologies and apps, efforts are underway to lower costs through measures such as tax waivers and local manufacturing.

Additionally, the government is prioritizing the transition of services online to enhance efficiency, transparency, accountability, and ease of doing business. This move aligns with existing regulations and guidelines for digital transformation, with an emphasis on overcoming implementation challenges related to financial resources, capacity, and awareness creation.

Cybersecurity, data protection, and privacy are also paramount, with plans to develop trusted systems to safeguard digital infrastructure and user information. Furthermore, digital skilling initiatives aim to equip end-users and office management with the necessary skills for effective digital operations.

Finally, the government emphasizes innovation and entrepreneurship, celebrating community-driven solutions that are sustainable, acceptable, and impactful. This focus underscores the commitment to fostering a thriving ecosystem of innovation that addresses the needs of Ugandan society.

Ministry of Health  Highlights Urgent Need for AI in Ugandan Healthcare

Dr. Myers Lugemwa from the National Malaria Control Program presented a compelling case for the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) tools in Uganda’s healthcare system. Addressing the current health challenges and the potential of AI, Dr. Lugemwa underscored the transformative impact these technologies could have on disease diagnosis and management.

Dr. Myres Lugemwa speaking. Launch of AI Health Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Dr. Myres Lugemwa speaking.

“Globally, low-income countries face a higher burden of communicable diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS,” Dr. Lugemwa noted. “Despite a significant global decline in these diseases, they remain prevalent in countries like Uganda, where communicable diseases account for over 50% of morbidity and mortality.”

Malaria diagnostics primarily rely on tools like mRDTs, blood slide microscopy, and PCR tests, which are either expensive or not widely available. Similar challenges exist for other diseases such as cancer, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and intestinal parasites, which are diagnosed through methods that may not be accessible at lower-level health centers.

Dr. Lugemwa highlighted the promise of Makerere University’s AI Health-Lab in addressing these diagnostic challenges. “AI tools could revolutionize the accuracy and accessibility of disease diagnosis,” he said. “From improving malaria diagnostics to streamlining cancer screening and diagnosis, AI has the potential to transform healthcare delivery in Uganda.”

Furthermore, Dr. Lugemwa discussed the role of AI in predicting disease patterns affected by climate change, such as malaria, and the importance of electronic health records (EHRs) in improving patient management and healthcare delivery.

“In summary, AI Health-Lab is poised to be a game-changer for Uganda’s healthcare system,” Dr. Lugemwa emphasized. “It aligns with Makerere University’s mission to ‘Build For the Future’ and addresses the Alma-Ata Declaration’s call for local tools that are readily available, accessible, affordable, and user-friendly. The integration of AI in healthcare is not just a technological advancement but a critical necessity for improving health outcomes in Uganda.” Lugema stressed

Makerere University’s Role

Representing Makerere University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Edward Bbaale, Director of the Directorate of Graduate Research and Training, expressed pride in the university’s achievements. He underscored Makerere’s proactive steps in promoting AI, including establishing dedicated AI labs, integrating AI courses into the curriculum, and fostering partnerships.

Prof. Edward Bbaale representing the Vice Chancellor. Launch of AI Health Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Prof. Edward Bbaale representing the Vice Chancellor.

“The establishment of the AI Health Lab is the culmination of a vision that aligns with Makerere University’s mission to be a thought leader in research, innovation, and academic excellence,” Prof. Bbaale stated. He highlighted the lab’s role in fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation, with potential applications ranging from predictive models for disease outbreaks to personalized treatment plans.

Prof. Bbaale also lauded groundbreaking projects spearheaded by Makerere University’s College of Computing and Information Sciences. These include the AirQo project, which deploys low-cost air monitoring systems, and AI-based tools for agricultural disease tracking and medical diagnostics. Notably, the AI Lab, under Dr. Rose Nakasi’s leadership, secured a $1.5 million grant from Google for the Ocular project, automating diagnoses for Malaria, Tuberculosis, and Cervical Cancer.

To the students and researchers, Prof. Bbaale urged them to seize the opportunities presented by the AI Health Lab. “This lab is not just a facility; it is a beacon of possibilities. Engage deeply with the work, collaborate across disciplines, and be bold in your pursuit of solutions that can change the world,” he encouraged.

He also outlined the university’s commitment to moving the entire research value chain from conceptualization to commercialization, ensuring that research translates into products and services that benefit communities.

The launch of the AI Health Lab at Makerere University signifies a significant leap forward in Uganda’s healthcare sector. With continued support and collaboration, this initiative promises to harness the power of AI to improve health outcomes, making a tangible difference in the lives of many. As Dr. Zawedde concluded, “Let us embark on this journey with optimism and determination, knowing that our efforts today will shape the future of healthcare for generations to come.”Bbaale added

Makerere University’s AI Lab Announces Ambitious Plans for Healthcare Innovation

Makerere University’s AI Lab is embarking on an ambitious journey to revolutionize healthcare through advanced artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Dr. Rose Nakasi, the project leader, unveiled the lab’s comprehensive strategy aimed at addressing critical health challenges and improving patient outcomes through innovative AI solutions and interdisciplinary collaboration.

PI Dr. Rose Nakasi making her remarks. Launch of AI Health Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
PI Dr. Rose Nakasi making her remarks.

In her presentation, Dr. Nakasi emphasized the lab’s vision of “Transforming Healthcare Through Innovative AI Solutions” and its mission “To drive innovation in artificial intelligence research to effectively address and overcome pressing health challenges.” The lab’s approach focuses on developing practical AI applications, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, and deepening the understanding of AI’s transformative potential through rigorous research and evaluation.

Among the key projects highlighted by Dr. Nakasi is the Ocular Project, a decision support tool designed to reduce diagnosis time and improve accuracy. Supported by a recent $1.5 million grant from Google, this project aims to automate diagnoses for diseases such as Malaria, Tuberculosis, and Cervical Cancer. Additionally, the DS Malaria project focuses on in-field automated screening trials to enhance malaria diagnosis, while initiatives like curating datasets for malaria diagnostics and digital Pap smear images aim to improve the accuracy and efficiency of disease screening.

Looking ahead, Dr. Nakasi outlined the lab’s vision for continued innovation and growth, including addressing challenges in the health sector and collaborating with regulators to refine and develop new approaches for healthcare needs. She highlighted the lab’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of AI and healthcare experts, with a growing team of PhD and master’s students.

“With more innovation and focus, we aim to address the most pressing healthcare challenges and make a lasting impact on our communities,” Dr. Nakasi stated. Makerere University’s AI Lab, under her leadership, is poised to lead the way in integrating AI into healthcare, reflecting a strong commitment to leveraging technology for the betterment of society.

The opening ceremony was marked by a congratulatory address from the Principal College of Computing and Information Sciences Prof. Tonny Oyana, who lauded Dr. Rose Nakasi and her team for their exemplary research stewardship.

Prof. Tonny Oyana speaking during the launch. Launch of AI Health Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Prof. Tonny Oyana speaking during the launch.

Oyana said the inauguration of this facility marks a significant step forward in the college’s commitment to advancing research and development in artificial intelligence, ensuring that it remains at the forefront of technological innovation

“Congratulations to Dr. Rose Nakasi and her team for their excellent research stewardship,” Prof. Oyana stated. He emphasized the lab’s potential to serve as a dynamic environment for academic growth and experimentation. “Use the new lab to learn, test, grow, and nurture academic talent,” he urged the attendees.

Prof. Oyana also highlighted the lab’s role in promoting interdisciplinary activities. “Use the lab to carry out synergistic activities that promote AI in health,” he said, stressing the importance of integrating artificial intelligence with healthcare advancements.

The facility is expected to become a cornerstone for building sustainable academic and professional relationships. “Use the lab to grow enduring pipelines and long-lasting academic activities and friendships among students and scientists,” Prof. Oyana added.

The new AI research lab, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, aims to provide greater hope and opportunities for students and scientists. “Today, we open a new facility that will provide greater hope and opportunities for our students and scientists,” Prof. Oyana concluded.

Sunbird AI Highlights Potential and Pitfalls of AI for Social Good

Prof. John Quinn from Sunbird AI delivered insightful remarks on the application of artificial intelligence (AI) for social good, emphasizing both its potential benefits and the challenges that need to be addressed.

Prof. Quinn outlined several key areas where AI can have a substantial impact. He noted that AI can compensate for the scarcity of experts by providing critical support in fields such as healthcare and education. AI can also enhance data collection and analysis, aiding in better decision-making and resource allocation. Additionally, AI can be used to create detailed maps, aiding urban planning and noise pollution monitoring.

Prof. John Quinn speaking. Launch of AI Health Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Prof. John Quinn speaking.

However, Prof. Quinn also highlighted various challenges and unintended consequences associated with AI deployment. He discussed the unexpected difficulties in implementing AI solutions, including technical and human factors.

Technical challenges include limitations of power, network, and devices, which may hinder the deployment of advanced AI technologies in many regions. Furthermore, comprehensive end-to-end solutions might be required, which can be complex and resource-intensive. The lifespan of AI projects can often outlast the typical lifespan of startups or academic projects, posing sustainability challenges. Ensuring long-term functionality and support for AI systems is crucial.

Human factors also play a significant role in the challenges faced by AI deployment. Identifying the right problem from a distance can be challenging, necessitating local insights and collaboration. Successful AI projects often require significant organizational effort beyond the technical work. Building and maintaining trust among various stakeholders is essential for effective collaboration.

Prof. Quinn also addressed the unintended consequences of AI implementation. He pointed out that AI systems can perpetuate or even exacerbate existing biases if not carefully designed and monitored. Without equitable access to AI technologies, existing inequalities can be deepened. Relying on new technologies can create vulnerabilities if the infrastructure is not robust. An excessive focus on prototyping, referred to as “pilotitis,” can consume resources without leading to scalable solutions. The introduction of AI technologies often brings new ethical dilemmas that need to be addressed. Additionally, issues with the quality and representativeness of training data can lead to inaccurate or biased AI models.

Prof. Quinn’s remarks underscored the dual-edged nature of AI in social applications. While AI has the potential to address significant challenges and improve lives, it also brings technical, organizational, and ethical challenges that must be navigated carefully. As AI continues to evolve, stakeholders must work collaboratively to harness its benefits while mitigating its risks.

Testimonials Highlight the Impact of AI in Healthcare Diagnostics

Alfred Andama, reflecting on the journey from 2014 to 2024, shared compelling testimonies from Mulago Hospital, Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS), and other lower health facilities regarding the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare diagnostics.

Dr. Andama Fred testifying on the potential of AI and acceptance at Mulago hospital. Launch of AI Health Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Dr. Andama Fred testifying on the potential of AI and acceptance at Mulago hospital.

He said Initial Target Diseases  primarily centered on malaria, tuberculosis, and intestinal parasites. During data collection at various labs, Andama and his team encountered enthusiastic groups of lab practitioners eager to embrace AI for improving diagnosis.

At health centers up to level III, where young lab technicians and technologists were predominant, the prospect of using mobile applications for diagnosis elicited genuine excitement.

Andama confirmed the feasibility of utilizing smartphones at the lowest levels for diagnosis, addressing a crucial question raised by stakeholders.

“Clinicians expressed interest in the reliability and accuracy of AI-driven diagnosis tools. They sought clarity on decision-making processes compared to human judgments.

Health administrators were concerned about personnel shortages and how AI could alleviate the burden. The adoption of AI microscopy could potentially reduce the time spent on malaria smear microscopy by 25%.” Said Andama

Policy-makers  according to Andama focused on affordability and feasibility, particularly for rural areas. The adaptability of AI tools to existing smartphone and microscope infrastructure was seen as a promising solution.

The discussion he said, expanded to the potential deployment of AI in sickle cell diagnosis, blood cancers, urinary tract infections, and respiratory disease smears, indicating broader applications beyond the initial scope.

He reported that  Mulago hospital under the College of Health Sciences is already utilizing AI in various capacities, such as analyzing cough samples to differentiate between tuberculosis patients and those with normal cough.

Andama’s testimonies underscore the growing acceptance and implementation of AI in healthcare diagnostics, promising improved efficiency and accuracy in disease detection and treatment.

A panel of experts during the panel discussions. Launch of AI Health Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
A panel of experts during the panel discussions.

The inauguration was highlighted by panel discussions and plenary sessions on “Leveraging AI for a Healthier Future: Practical Solutions for Africa.” Notable speakers included Prof. Micheal Kawooya, Director of ECUREI; Assoc. Prof. Engineer Bainomugisha, Head of the Department of Computer Science at Makerere University; Mr. Sumba Solomon from the Ocular Project; Ms. Sylivia Nabukenya from the Infectious Disease Institute at Makerere University, Dr. Joyce Nakatumba Nabende  of the AI Research Lab; and Lwasa Baker from Rocket Health.

Dean EASLIS and Panelist (Left Behind row) and Seated (Left to Right) Prof. Edward Bbaale, Dr. Rose Nakasi and Prof Tony Oyana in photo moment with the Chief Guest (2nd Left) after the official opening. Launch of AI Health Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
Dean EASLIS and Panelist (Left Behind row) and Seated (Left to Right) Prof. Edward Bbaale, Dr. Rose Nakasi and Prof Tony Oyana in photo moment with the Chief Guest (2nd Left) after the official opening.
The participants pose for a group photo with the PI Dr. Rose Nakasi. Launch of AI Health Lab, Block B, College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.
The participants pose for a group photo with the PI Dr. Rose Nakasi.

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CoCIS CIPSD Short Courses Jul, Sept, Nov 2024 & Jan 2025

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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.

Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) is the main ICT Training, Research and Consultancy Centre in Makerere University. The College has six Academic departments comprising of the Department of Computer Science, Department of Networks, Department of Information Technology, Department of Information Systems, Department of Library and Information Sciences, and the Department of Records and Archives management.

In addition to the mainstream degree programmes, CoCIS has a specialized Center for Innovations and Professional Skills Development (CIPSD) which delivers state-of-art training in ICT e.g. the Cisco Networking Academy for Cisco related courses, the Microsoft IT Academy Program for Microsoft related courses, International Computer Driving License course, Oracle Certified Training center for Oracle, Linux and Unix Training center. The College is also an authorized Testing center, operating under PearsonVUE and Kryterion. Listed in the table below are the courses currently offered at the Center with their next start dates, duration, and cost.

  • All courses are at affordable fees targeting Senior 4 and 6 vacists and the general public at large.
  • Utilize your vacation and achieve an international certificate to help your future career and stand out from the crowd.
  • July 2024 / September 2024 / November 2024 / January 2025 (For all courses)

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Dr. Nakibuule Rose from CoCIS (Right) talks to the delegates about the E-health system-Mobile data collector during their tour of Mak-RIF projects. Visit by 27th CSPOC Delegates to Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa on 5th January 2024.

Makerere University in partnership with the Cisco Networking Academy is offering this free course on a self-paced/independent study basis for the period Apr 15, 2024 – Apr 26, 2024.

Learnathon2024_#GICT_Introduction to Data Science: This introductory course takes you inside the world of data science. You will learn the basics of data science, data analytics, and data engineering to understand how machine learning is shaping the future of business, healthcare, education, and more. Data science professionals who can provide actionable insights for data-driven decisions are in high demand all over the world.

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https://skillsforall.com/course/introduction-data-science?courseLang=en-US&instance_id=124a7432-4564-4605-aa62-b7ad5721807c

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