UTAMU Shaped my Mind on Being Creative and Innovative

Ivan Peter Otim is a 3rd year student at UTAMU pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science set to graduate at the 2017 Graduation Ceremony scheduled for 29th September.

Ivan Peter Otim (Bsc. Computer Science)

He commends UTAMU for giving him a platform to learn more about innovations through scheduled inside and outside events.

“This shaped my mind on being creative and build a desire to innovate as a contribution to solving various problems facing our communities. I have been able to create several social innovative ideas focusing on children and youth, which has helped me envision every young person with a voice, access to media, infrastructure and an opportunity to express themselves in marginalized communities,” adds Otim.

Details are reproduced in the interview which UTAMU News had with Mr. Otim.

QN: Tell us about yourself (brief background about your life/schools)

Otim: I’m a born-again Christian, a 5th born of my mother’s 7 children. I originate from Soroti district, however spent most of my childhood in Kampala, raised specifically in Banda near Kyambogo. I went to Kyambogo Primary School, for my primary education, then later Joined Kyambogo College School for 6 years. I applied to study at UTAMU in September 2013, and I’m happy to be one of the graduates on its 2nd graduation ceremony!

I’m passionate about ICT, and joining UTAMU enabled me discover so much about my relationship with computers, and how I can take a role in their impact today. I believe we are in an era where technology determines the perspective of the world’ changes today.

I’m a children’s and youth worker, and I desire to contribute to the creation of better stories for children and young people, especially those living in marginalized communities.  I love taking part in community outreaches, Christian missions, soccer, and I have an interest in public speaking. Among a number of other things!

QN: Which course were you doing at UTAMU?

Otim: I was pursuing a Bachelor of Science of Computer Science.

QN: What attracted you to study at UTAMU?

Otim: The quality of the teaching methods and the expertise of the staff members. I also got attracted by the fact that their tuition payment plan was favorable compared to other institutions.

QN: Is there anything special UTAMU has contributed or exposed you to in your life/career ever since you started studying from there?

Otim: So many things! At UTAMU, I was able to learn more about innovations through scheduled inside and outside events. This shaped my mind on being creative and build a desire to innovate as a contribution to solving various problems facing our communities. I have been able to create several social innovative ideas focusing on children and youth, which has helped me envision every young person with a voice, access to media, infrastructure and an opportunity to express themselves in marginalized communities. I have been gathering several resources, and intend to implement this idea soon, starting with my own community at Banda.

QN: In what ways can UTAMU assist you to better your life or business/startup if you have any?

Otim: Well, I suggest that UTAMU continues to organize workshops intended to equip young innovators and entrepreneurs with skills and knowledge of the current trends in technology and business.

 

 

 

QN: Did the training attained at UTAMU in any way motivate or contribute to you starting this business/startup?

Otim: Yes it did! Participation in the mandatory community engagement every year gave me an insight of the gaps to fill in the community challenges, and also several business opportunities.

QN: What is your perception about the teaching and learning model of UTAMU?

Otim: It’s unmatched! The eLearning model of learning is very flexible and helps a student acquire from anywhere, as long as they can sign in! I believe if practicality is more emphasized, the model will beat several world standards!

QN: What is your philosophy in life

"You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them."

QN: What message would you give to your fellow students?

Otim: One is to trust God who has placed them where they are, you’re not there by mistake, believe he will take you through no matter the challenges you face. First, graduation isn’t a major achievement at the end of your course period, it’s a celebration for every completion of course works, sacrifices, sleepless nights, discussions, research and consultations. Keep graduating in each of those that will lead you to a blissful ending.

 

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