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UTAMU Successfully Holds 6th Annual International Conference on Technology and Management (ICTM20)

Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) successfully held its 6th International Conference on Technology and Management (ICTM-20) in joint partnership with Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI).

The conference provided a distinctive environment where authors, practitioners, researchers, professionals and academicians engaged in discussions on the future developments in terms of service provision.

Held from 7th to 9th September, 2020, at UIRI Skills Development Centre in Namanve, Industrial area, the conference was organized under the theme, “Towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Advancement and Solutions: Trends, Issues, Best Practices, Benefits and Challenges for Management and Governance in Africa”.

Speaking at the conference, Prof. Sadiq Yusuf, the Vice Chancellor UTAMU called on the public to embrace “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” and use it to build solutions that address real business needs which is more important than ever.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is already here with us. The technologies, that ushered it in, such as artificial intelligence, genome editing, augmented reality, robotics, and 3-D printing, are rapidly changing the way humans create, exchange and distribute value,” he said.

“It is time for business leaders, institutions and organizations (Governmental and non-governmental) across the globe to weigh-in on the progress and participate in finding solutions to the emerging issues slowing down the digital progress in Africa,” Prof. Sadiq emphasized.

Speaking the launch, The Deputy Executive director Dr. Dick M Kamugasha who represented Executive Director appreciated the relationship between UIRI and UTAMU saying, “It is rooted in common interests, notably commitment to promoting technological advancement and innovation in Uganda.”

He noted that the theme of this Conference is informed by the fact the world is rapidly moving towards fully embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) which is fundamentally altering the way we live, work and relate to one another. Key elements of the 4IR that will soon be indispensable to all of us include, Artificial Intelligence (AI); Virtual and Augmented Reality; Digitization; Automation and Robotics; Cloud Computing, Big Data, Advanced and Predictive Analytics; the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and many other emerging technological frontiers.

Dr. Kamugasha advised that it is these elements that will increasingly form the foundation for accelerated socioeconomic transformation in Africa in the future and therefore, the Conference could not be more timely.

In attendance was also the Mr. Patrick Mugisha, the Assistant Commissioner Department of Innovation and Property Management at Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation  who advised Ugandan researchers &innovators to properly register their ideas, research products and services for patent rights to protect their rights from potential perpetuators.

He mentioned that Uganda is still ranking poorly on the global innovation index and Intellectual Property (IP) management mainly because they lack awareness about the subject.

“You could take 15 years trying to innovate a product and once it is done, another person will copy the same product, alter a few things and register it as their own product or idea. That is why, researchers, innovators and producers have to take IP management seriously because it determines how much you will gain from your product financially,” he said.

Prod. Sadiq added on saying protection of researchers and innovators is sometimes hard because they lack funding for their ideas and are often on the mercy of funders.

The conference which was held both physically and virtually was attended by several participants including government officials, academic, researchers, students and civil society online.

UTAMU Students Win the Uganda National Cybersecurity CTF Competitions

Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) students emerged winners of the online Uganda National Cybersecurity CTF competition.

Peter Elolu, Simon Ocen, Hillary Magero and Gregory Toskins are computer security and forensics students in the UTAMU School of Computing and Engineering (SCE).

“Congratulations. I am happy to see UTAMU students already shinning in the field,” said Prof. Sadiq Yusuf, the Vice Chancellor of UTAMU. “This is proof of what UTAMU does best. We nurture scientists, technologists and innovators who transform and create solutions to our everyday society problems.”

The team of 4 emerged the first winner from Uganda and representing the country in the Arab and Africa Regional CTF competitions.

CyberTalents CTF competitions are cyber security competitions where participants demonstrate their technical ability in different cyber security fields.

According to CyberTalents, every team/individual who competes has access to a list of challenges in different categories like Reverse Engineering, Web Security, Digital Forensics, Network Security and others.

For every challenge solved, the team gets a certain amount of points depending on the difficulty of the challenge. The team with the highest score is crowned the winning team. Most of CyberTalents competitions provide cash prizes to winning teams.

Congratulations to the UTAMU Team! We are proud of you.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Higher Education Certificate (HEC) – Bridging programme

The Academic Registrar of Uganda Technology and Management University invites applications for the Higher Education Certificate (General) bridging programme for September 2020 Intake.

This is a one-year certificate programme that provides an opportunity to students who successfully completed the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) or its equivalent but did not attain sufficient grades to enroll for Diplomas or Degree programmes of their choice.

Below are the categories of students who can undertake the Higher Education Certificate – General:

  • Holders of UACE or its equivalent but who may not have attained sufficient grades to enroll for Diplomas or Degree programmes in Uganda.
  • Foreign Qualification: The HEC can also serve as a foundation programme for students whose foreign secondary school qualifications are not considered equivalent to UACE but permit admission into Higher Education in the foreign country.
  • Linkage between the Vocational Qualifications and the Higher Education Qualifications: A HEC programme is designed to enroll holders of vocational qualifications and expose them to rigorous theoretical foundations that will enable them pursue desired degree programmes.
  • Bridging between Arts/Science Divide:  This programme can be designed to enroll UACE holders with subject combination in Arts and reorient them towards Sciences for purposes of admission into science based undergraduate programmes.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Uganda Certificate of Education or its equivalent and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education with at least two subsidiary passes obtained in principal subjects or its equivalent. For avoidance of doubt, a holder of UACE with only one principal pass shall be deemed to meet the admission requirements.
  • Vocational Qualifications at level 2 or level 3 of the Uganda Vocational Qualifications Framework.
  • Qualifications equivalent to Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) as shall be determined by the National Council in consultation with the Uganda National Examinations Board
  • An ordinary certificate from an institution recognized by NCHE.
  • Students whose foreign secondary school qualifications are not considered equivalent to UACE but permit admission into Higher Education in the foreign country. Such students shall have passed at least five subjects with at least a credit in each of the five subjects. In addition, foreign students whose studies were not conducted in English shall show proof of proficiency in the English Language.  The English proficiency centers shall be accredited by NCHE.

Duration of the program: 1 year

Tuition fees per Module (UGX): 450,000

Functional fees: UGX 250,000 paid per semester

Application fee: UGX 50,000

Other fees: NCHE Fee (Ugx20, 000), Guild Fee (UGX 25,000) all paid once a year

Mode of study: dual mode (online and local support)

Target Diploma and Degree Programmes

Upon successful completion of this certificate programme, a student can enroll for any of the following programmes at either diploma or degree level in a relevant computing or business field.

School Of Computing And Engineering Programmes

School Of Business And Management Programmes

Diploma in Computing

Bachelor of Business Computing

Bachelor of Information Science

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Bachelor of Information Systems and Technology

Bachelor of Science in Computer Security & Forensics

Bachelor of Science in Mobile Computing and Communications

 

Diploma in Business Administration

Diploma in Project Planning and Management

Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Mgt

Bachelor of Science in Statistics

Bachelors of Business Administration

Bachelor of Oil and Gas Management

Bachelor of Human Resource Management

Bachelor of Arts in Development Economics

Bachelor of Project Planning and Mgt

Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Finance

Bachelor of Public Administration and Mgt

Bachelor of Mass Communication and Journalism

Bachelor of Procurement and Supply Chain Mgt

 

Course Units under HEC

  • Foundational Mathematics;
  • Computing Skills;
  • Communication Skills; and,
  • Introduction to development studies.

HEC 101: Foundational Mathematics [4 CUs]

This course is intended to give students an understanding of aspects of Mathematics that are applicable to the real world. It provides students with the background and skills necessary for Higher Education study programmes requiring some mathematics. Depending on the background of prospective students, the level and complexity of the content may differ. The content provided herein is for students intending to offer programmes that may not require rigorous Mathematics. 

HEC 102: Communication Skills [3 CUs]

This foundational course teaches the basics of good writing and communication skills. Students learn how to write grammatically correct reports sand focus on the interactive processes of transmitting and/or exchanging messages, information and/or understanding within individuals, groups, and organizations. The course examines the factors and circumstances that influence the flow and impact of messages, information and understanding among individuals, groups and organizations. The course will also equip students with critical thinking and problem solving skills. 

HEC 103: Introduction to development studies [3 CUs]

The aim of course is to introduce the leaners to elementary issues in development studies focusing on development modules, development pathways, challenges to development. It also looks at political economy, linkages between politics, foreign aid, conflicts and development.

By the end of this course students should be able to: Develop knowledge of, and develop insights into Key issues and concerns of development policy, practice and theory, and Demonstrate ability to understand the history and application of key theoretical approaches in international development.

HEC 104: Computing Skills [3 CUs]

The aim of course is to develop the necessary skills in the use of information technology, mainly in software applications and Internet searching and browsing.  These skills are crucial in helping students to complete assignments, produce professional presentations and achieve success in the workplace. By the end of this course students should be able to explain the basic concepts of information technology and computing and use a computer.

Grading of the Higher Education Certificate

A candidate offering a Higher Education Certificate programmes is deemed to successfully completed a given course unit if s/he obtains 

  • at least 40% in Coursework and
  • at least 40% in the final examination and
  • at least 50% in the aggregated mark (both coursework and final examination).

A candidate who successfully completes a given course unit or module gets the entire credit units allocated for that unit while one who fails the assessment criteria gets no credit units. 

Table 1: Determining Grade Points

Raw Marks

Alpha Grade

Grade Point

Logic Behind the Grade

80-100

A

5.0

Excellent performance indicating mastery of all course-learning outcomes.

75-79

B+

4.5

Very good performance indicating mastery of a substantial portion of course learning outcomes.

70-74

B

4.0

Good performance with some errors/omissions

65-69

C+

3.5

Above average performance with a number of noticeable errors.

60-65

C

3.0

55-59

D+

2.5

Satisfactory performance.

50-54

D-

2.0

0-49

F

0.0

Fail. There is no evidence of mastery of the learning outcome and the candidate should repeat the course.

Table 2: Classification of Awards

Class

CGPA

Class I (Distinction)

4.40-5.00

Class II (Credit)

2.80-4.39

Class III (Pass)

2.00-2.79

Progressions

For purposes of admission diploma or degree programmes, the following shall apply

  1. Diploma programmes: A person shall have passed a HEC with at least a class III (pass). 
  2. Bachelor’s degree programme: a person shall have passed a HEC with at least a class II (credit). 

 

 

Call for Papers for the 6th UTAMU ICTM Conference

The Organizing Committee of ICTM-20 cordially invites academics, practitioners, consultants, scholars, researchers to participate in the Annual International Conference on Technology and Management (ICTM) to be held in Kampala.

This year’s conference is organized under the theme: “Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0/4IR) Advancement and Solutions: Trends, Issues, Best Practices, Benefits and Challenges for Management and Governance in Africa.”

The aim of this conference is to explore how technologies of 4IR could be applied to manage professions and livelihoods.

The conference will open with a colloquium of outstanding innovations and seminars, followed by two days of paper, panel and practitioner sessions addressing topics related to the theme. 4IR has the potential to improve livelihoods, although it could also exacerbate existing inequalities.

Keynote Speakers

The conference will include inspiring talks and participants will meet the best product people in Industry. The key note speakers include

Prof. Charles Kwesiga - Executive Director of Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI). An Industrial Engineer by profession, Charles Kwesiga has significant experience as a corporate manager, management consultant, educator, and entrepreneur.

Prof. Judy van Biljon – Chairperson International Development Informatics Association. She is a professor of Information Systems and holds the South African Research Chair’s Initiative, Chair in Information and Communication for Development hosted by the School of Computing at the University of South Africa. Her disciplinary focus is on Human-Computer Interaction for Development.

Prof. Olubayi Olubayi - Chief Academic Officer at Maarifa Education. He is currently focused on the implementation of global best practices in higher education in Africa. Before joining Maarifa, he was the Vice Chancellor of the International University of East Africa (IUEA) in Uganda. He is a scientist and an expert on bacteria, education policy, pedagogy, learning, leadership, social-entrepreneurship and co-existence.

Prof. A. B. K. Kasozi - Founding Executive Director of Uganda’s National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).  He is a research associate at Makerere Institute of Social Research (MISR). He holds a B.A. in History, a PGD from Makerere University, Uganda, and a PhD from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He has taught at Makerere University, the Islamic University in Uganda, the University of Khartoum and a number of universities in Canada. In 2007, he got a Fulbright New Century award and was, from September to December, a visiting scholar/professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, New York.

 

About ICTM

The International Conference on Technology and Management (ICTM) is an annual international conference that provides an opportunity for academics, practitioners, consultants, scholars, researchers and policy makers with different backgrounds and experiences, to present their papers in the conference and to discuss their experiences, new ideas, research results, as well as any practical challenges encountered and/or the solutions adopted during their work. Case studies, abstracts of research in progress, as well as full research papers will be considered for the conference program for presentation purposes.

Areas of Research

The papers should be original research and case studies in the fields of computing, technology and management, and on issues surrounding integration of Computing, Technology and Management in a multi-disciplinary context. Therefore, the conference series is of interest to academicians, researchers, policy makers, environmentalists, managers, planners, industrialists, consultants, government and NGOs globally, across a range of disciplines.

Students’ Participation

Conference committee highly encourages doctorate (PhD) and postgraduate students to present their research proposal, or literature review, or findings, or issues in this conference. Undergraduate students can ONLY attend academic conferences if (a) his/her research is funded by an organisation/institute, and/or (b) supervised by the member or faculty, and/or (c) co-authored by a Master’s student. Otherwise, undergraduate students can only attend a conference as a listener without presenting paper.

Objective

The overall objective of International Conference on Technology and Management (ICTM) is to provide a platform and stimulate discussion on key issues in the fields of Technology and management, as well as to encourage research and discussion surrounding these areas.

Why ICTM

  • The consequences of shortages of research and innovation, especially in the fields of technology and management is under publication and a vicious recycling of often unusable knowledge.
  • A priority to mitigate these problems is research to investigate and develop systems that lead to an improvement in technology and management.
  • The establishment of the conference series on Technology and Management shall stimulate an exchange of research findings and ideas that contribute to innovation and development to bring about better livelihoods.
  • Thus, the International Conference on Technology and Management proceedings aim at strengthening evidence based research and innovation, support and inform technology and management policy and practice, as well as improve learning in and across trans-disciplinary organizations and academic institutions.  The first (maiden) International Conference on Technology and Management (ICTM14) was held from 4th to 5th August 2014 in Kampala, Uganda.

UTAMU Reveals Architectural Plan for New Campus in Matugga

Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) has begun boundary marking on the Matugga – Kkungu Land which will house the main campus for the University.

UTAMU revealed its master plan and architectural design which shows outstandingly designed buildings with beautiful gardens and ample parking.  

Architectural drawing for the building.

According to Prof. Venanisus Baryamureeba, Chairperson Board of Directors UTAMU, the university is starting with construction of the first three blocks.

In December 2019, UTAMU acquired 20.43 acres of land on Block 82 Plot 6 Kkungu, Matugga, Kyaddondo, Wakiso District on leasehold register of 49 years from the Kampala Catholic Archdiocese Land Board.

Architectural drawing for the building.

The UTAMU campus which is approximately 21 km from Kampala City Centre will house the largest Research and Innovation City in the region.

It will comprise of equipped buildings for the Central Administration, the Directorate for Coordination and Management of the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem, the School of Computing and Engineering, the School of Health Sciences and the School of Vocational and Science Education.

These schools will provide skills training and professional development in additional to directing and undertaking research and innovation.

Architectural drawing for the building.

Once the campus is completed, only the School of Business and Management (SBM) will remain in Kampala City Centre and the rest of the University will move to the new campus.

Prof. Baryamureeba says the Entrepreneurship ecosystem; which is the social and economic environment affecting entrepreneurship, will comprise of a startup ecosystem and an innovation ecosystem. “It is well known that businesses located within places serving as incubators for creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship have a greater chance of success,” he says.

Architectural drawing for the building.

The startup ecosystem will have access to great ideas, access to talent, access to capital, and access to customers.

UTAMU also plans to construct excellent hostels for girls within the University campus which the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Sadiq Yusuf says, “Is very important as it will enable the girl child to access secure education in a secure environment whether during the day or night.”

Prof. Sadiq also reveals that the campus shall be open to students and the public in 2021. 

Toskin Gregory, a Student at UTAMU Develops a COVID19 Tracing App

As the world is dealing with the health and economic challenges of COVID-19, Toskin Gregory, a cyber-security student at UTAMU has developed a COVID 19 contact tracing App to help in fighting COVID-19.

Left: Mr. Toskin Gregory, Founder Defining Technologies Limited.

According to Gregory, the CovidTracer App enables users to match the personal diary of location data on their smartphone with anonymized, redacted, and blurred location history of infected patients.

This tracing App alerts users and the Ministry of Health if someone has been in contact with a Covid-19 positive person.

Gregory developed this application under his company, Defining Technologies Limited, a technology-based firm that seeks to builds and offers digital solutions to help the normal Ugandan entrepreneur leverage his/her business into a strong position to survive in this digital era where technology plays a critical role.

With the rise of number of COVID 19 cases in Uganda, the company decided to donate the trace app to the Ministry of Health National Taskforce to help in fast tracking of contacts.

How the COVID 19 contact tracing app works

Explaining to the UTAMU news team on how the App works, Gregory said , “The digital contact tracing uses overlapped GPS and Bluetooth trails that allow an individual to check if they have crossed paths with someone who was later diagnosed positive for the virus.”

Through CovidTracer, public health officials are equipped to redact location trails of diagnosed carriers and thus broadcast location information with privacy protection for both diagnosed patients and local businesses.

About Toskin Gregory

Toskin Gregory is a young technopreneur and certified cyber security professional. He founded Defining Technologies Ltd in 2017. Raised from a Christian based family with three siblings. A student at Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) and former prime minister in the Student Guild Government.

Read Full Interview HERE.

 

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