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UTAMU develops websites for Fortportal Schools

UTAMU has developed 2 new websites for St. Leo's Kyegobe and Mpanga SS in Fortportal District in South Western Uganda. This is part of the University's community engagement programme which aims at improving stakeholders through ICT.

The websites were commissioned on Saturday 21st September 2013 by UTAMU's Manager for Research and Innovation Mr. Drake P. Mirembe.

Drake asserted that the service will unquestionably enhance the flow of information among students, teachers and other stakeholders of these schools.

In a related development, UTAMU has rolled out a program to visit secondary schools in Uganda to offer free career guidance to students. The programme which kicked off on September 21st 2013 is part of UTAMU's Public Relations strategy that is aimed at reaching out to the public and giving back to community.

"It is in our interest that students know the various career options and make the right career choices. We will also take keen initiative to give them information about today's career trends. All we want is a better breed of students country wide," Said Prof. Jude Lubega, UTAMU's Deputy Vice Chancellor


A screenshot of St. Leos College Kyegobe

A screenshot of Mpanga Senior School

UTAMU partners with Cyberoam Academy


Prof. Baryamureeba
In a bid to empower communities through offering Information Communication Technology skills, UTAMU has partnered with Cyberoam Technologies, an Indian Academy with expertise in computer Networks and Network Security.

This was agreed to at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) which set forth a framework for the various activities that will be conducted by the two institutions. UTAMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Baryamureeba, and Cyberoam Technologies Senior Vice President, Mr. Harish Chib, were signatories to the MOU.

Both parties agreed to collaborate in areas of training, research and development, joint community outreach projects and knowledge exchange in the discipline of computer networks and network security in order to improve IT skills among others.

Prof. V. Baryamureeba said this partnership with Cyberoam Academy will go a long way in enhancing IT skills among Ugandans as well as foster UTAMU’s mission of providing global quality education, research and innovation critical to economic and human development in Africa.

ICT drives everything - John Ngubiri


Dr. Ngubiri at the School Times workshop

The Dean of Computing and Engineering Assoc. Prof. Dr. John Ngubiri has stressed the need to embrace ICT in careers because of its role in making people efficient, competitive and better managers.

Ngubiri was delivering a key note address on "ICT as a component of every career" during the School Times Career Guidance workshop in Lugogo on Saturday 21st Sept 2013.

"ICT today drives everything. Initially, one needed so many devices to have things done. But today, separate networks like radio, telephone, communication and internet are now merged into one network and accessible through a single device like a smart phone," Ngubiri said. He challenged all organizations and schools to equip their people with gadgets and software to enable them to accomplish assignments on time and ease decision making.

He further stressed that this has been tried and tested at UTAMU through the student e-learning platform and other ICT based forums through which the University goals are achieved. "All organizations rely on data which can only be managed through ICT. ICT enables people to accomplish assignments even when they are not at their work places," Ngubiri noted.

The School Times workshop is an annual event which attracts the academia, scholars, counselors, entrepreneurs and other experts in the education sector.


Dr. Doris will spearhead
the girl child education
innitiative
Uganda Technology & Management University is launching a project to promote universalization of secondary education in a bid to monitor the progress of girl child in accessing secondary education in Uganda.

UTAMU in partnership with various international organizations will undertake a survey for generating the necessary information and contribute to the publications that will highlight processes, challenges and good practices of universalizing secondary education of girls in Uganda.

Dr. Doris.M. Kakuru, a senior lecturer at UTAMU says the project is aimed at replicating a successful Indian (MV Foundation) Education model in Kenya and Uganda to increase access and retention of approximately 1500 girls in secondary schools while building community demand and accountability for girls' education.

Secondary school education in Uganda has been characterized by high dropout rate with more boys attending secondary schools than girls.

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New Appointments at UTAMU


Faith Ahabyoona
Faith Ahabyoona has been appointed Senior Accountant at Uganda Technology and Management University. Faith has been teaching at UTAMU in the school of Business and Management. She previously worked with Uganda Christian University where she accumulated eight years of experience in accountability practices, financial management and administration. Faith holds a Master of Business Administration.




Seith Muhairwe

Seth Muhairwe has also been appointed Network/Systems Administrator for UTAMU. He holds a Master of Science in Data Communication and Software Engineering. Seth, who worked as a Systems Engineer at Makerere University for five years, is an Annual Communication Innovations Award (ACIA) winner. In May 2012, he won an award for developing a sensor based technology for water level monitoring in valley dams to address drought problems among livestock farmers in Uganda

UTAMU to support girl child education


Dr. Doris will spearhead
the girl child education
innitiative
Uganda Technology & Management University is launching a project to promote universalization of secondary education in a bid to monitor the progress of girl child in accessing secondary education in Uganda.

UTAMU in partnership with various international organizations will undertake a survey for generating the necessary information and contribute to the publications that will highlight processes, challenges and good practices of universalizing secondary education of girls in Uganda.

Dr. Doris.M. Kakuru, a senior lecturer at UTAMU says the project is aimed at replicating a successful Indian (MV Foundation) Education model in Kenya and Uganda to increase access and retention of approximately 1500 girls in secondary schools while building community demand and accountability for girls' education.

Secondary school education in Uganda has been characterized by high dropout rate with more boys attending secondary schools than girls.

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UTAMU to Empower persons with disabilities

Through the directorate of engagement, research and innovations, UTAMU in collaboration with the National Union for Disabled Persons in Uganda (NUDIPU) is to deliver specialized training programmes to persons with disabilities like the blind, deaf, the physically challenged among others.

The collaboration with NUDIPU also covers areas of research, business entrepreneurship and innovative technologies development. According to UTAMU's Manager for Research and Innovations, Drake Patrick Mirembe, both UTAMU and NUDIPU share common goals of improving the quality of lives of persons with disabilities through knowledge transfer and development of innovative technologies.

"We know that by empowering the NUDIPU community with 21st century knowledge based livelihood skills, we're opening up new opportunities for our country. It's a fact that in the modern world, people with access to knowledge and ability to manipulate information have great opportunities of wealth creation," Drake says.

Through the partnership, UTAMU will also pioneer research in areas covering persons with disabilities to guide policy making, but also accelerate the development of innovative technologies to support persons with disabilities to be more productive and live independent lives.

The programme which kicks off in October 2013 will be supported by Microsoft Innovation Centre and Cisco systems Inc. to improve the quality of lives of the people with disabilities.

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Guidelines of Concept Paper Development by PhD Applicants

 

Guidelines of Concept Paper Development by PhD Applicants

1. Introduction

A concept paper is meant to give the university an informed idea of the applicant's areas of research interest in order to avail the necessary assistance for them to develop a full research proposal and allocate supervisors to give the necessary assistance. Applicants should therefore be as specific as possible. Concept papers vary in format and specifics depending on the university, but are generally concise documents containing accurate relevant information and persuasive arguments to enable decision making. These guidelines are intended to guide applicants on how to develop the concept papers as part of the application process.

2. Process of Developing a Concept Paper

  1. Selection of Research Field — Each University has got specialized fields of research and therefore students have to research within those fields only. It is a requirement for the students to clearly select a research field as only offered by the University and anything outside what is offered will not be acceptable. For example a student cannot select Robotics as a research field when it is not among the ones offered within the University. The student's selection will be always guided by the list of the research fields that have been clearly listed by the University.
  2. Generate an area of interest— This is an area where you have a curiosity. What are you curious about (within the general area of specialization/field where you wish to do your research? A student who wishes to specialize in public administration would for example be curious about public service values. A student who wishes to do research in computer science may be very curious about systems security or internet fraud. A student who wishes to specialize in business administration may be curious about the increasing corporate governance crisis. A student who wishes to specialize in management may be curious about management styles adopted by CEOs in Uganda. The selection of this area is influenced by a number of factors including: —
    • The applicants knowledge of the state of scientific discipline of his or her area of specialization
    • The applicants knowledge of the Social problems
    • The applicant's personal values and research expertise in a particular filed
    • Social premiums
    • Practical considerations and accessibility to the research subjects
    • Financial constraints-applicants must gauge their financial strength to select an area of research.
    • The applicant's research paradigm-qualitative, quantitative orientation or both
    • Educational background will determine what initial knowledge the applicant can bring into the research.
  3. Choose one of the areas of curiosity and develop some specific questions (this is called "question framing").
    • What will be the research unit?-will the study be on individuals, groups, structure, systems etc?
    • What is the level of research?-first level (relationship between individuals), second level (relationship between individuals and groups) and third level (relationship between groups)
    • What key variables are to be explored in the intended study?
    • What are the anticipated relationships among the variables identified?
    • What hypothesis (if any) does the applicant have on the variables identified?
  4. Formulate a possible research topic or title based on the answers above — In particular, once you are clear on your variables and anticipated relationship, it becomes clear to formulate a tentative topic for investigation which will be discussed and approved by your supervisor. The title should not exceed 20 words and should be clear and concise.
  5. Do any of your questions lend themselves to a research hypothesis? — If so, write out any hypotheses. A research hypothesis is an "educated guess" about relationships that may explain behavior and phenomena. Sometimes we refer to our research hypothesis as our thesis or theses (plural). If research hypotheses involve quantitative data, they may be tested statistically through statistical hypothesis testing. Note that developing hypotheses may require some preliminary research or prior knowledge (which is why a hypothesis is called an educated guess).
  6. Identify the ideal evidence (data) and how you will probably try to gather that evidence (your methodology). — You are very likely to need multiple types of evidence (data). The methodology you will probably have to use will include the following: —
    • Review literature on history through secondary sources about the area of your proposed research
    • Think about what type of data you may need to conduct your study and address your curiosity
    • Think about the methods you are likely to use to get the data that you wish
    • Think about the population and sample from which you are likely to get the information
    • Think about how you are likely to analyze the data that you may collect
  7. Write a Concept Paper — Draw on what you have developed in terms of areas of curiosity, research questions, research hypotheses, data sources, and methodology. Begin with a very direct and explicit statement of your area of interest and your research question(s). This should take about one paragraph. Move on to state your research hypotheses, or thesis statement. This should take another paragraph or so. Conclude with a discussion of your proposed methodology. This should take another paragraph. The entire Concept Paper should be at least 2 pages and not be more than 10 pages, double-spaced. Citations are appropriate if you used any sources in developing your Concept Paper.
  8. Before turning in your concept paper, go through this checklist to make sure your concept paper is of the highest quality possible:
    • Are you proposing to research something that is really of interest to you?
    • Are your research questions truly appropriate for academic inquiry, or are they more appropriate for casual or non scholarly consideration?
    • Are your research questions actual questions that can be researched through academic means (e.g., library sources, interviews, surveys, etc.) or are they opinions or attitudes that can't really be researched?
    • Does your concept paper attempt to research an area of interest to you and ask (and propose to answer) specific questions, or is it trying to solve some problem (finding solutions to problems is not appropriate for a research paper, although you may make policy recommendations as a result of your findings).
    • Are your questions specific?
    • Are your questions answerable through research?
    • Have you stated at least one hypothesis (research or statistical)?
    • Have you identified the data you will need and how you will get it (methodology)?
    • Have you included citations, if appropriate, and a reference list or bibliography?

Summary of the Concept Development Process

3. Structure of the Concept Paper.

As a guide and to encourage uniformity in assessment of the concept papers, all applicants should structure their concept papers; taking into account the preceding process guidelines; as follows:-
  • Cover page — include the title of your research, your names as they appear in the academic documents, the area of specialization of the PhD as advertised and months and date
  • Introduction — Briefly tells us about the area of your proposed interest and why such area is of significance to study. Justify why such an area is of utmost importance to do research about ( not more than 3 paragraphs)
  • Problem statement — Briefly state what the problem of the investigation will be for the proposed study. Give evidence of the magnitude of the problem by either giving the statistics where applicable or citations. Remember your problem can be theoretical or practical and whichever you opt to address, make sure you have ‘convicted’ the problem (two paragraphs)
  • Research Questions, Objectives and Hypotheses — Formulate the key questions which your study intends to explore. The questions should be in harmony with the formulated objectives and any hypotheses if any; given the natural relationships among the three. Not more than 6 research questions/ objectives should be formulated
  • Literature — Briefly review the current literature about the proposed area of research. Use journal sources and primary sources like dissertations within your area of specialization. At this level, you can show how current you are aware of the debates and developments within your chosen area of research ( 2-3 pages would be adequate)
  • Methodology — Finally, you should briefly describe the methodology you intend to follow in conducting the proposed research. You need to show in this methodology the research orientation in terms of research paradigm-qualitative, quantitative or both
  • References — The last part of your concept paper should be a list of references (all works cited in the text) and ensure you follow the American Psychological association style of referencing (APA). Its guidelines are available on the World Wide Web.

4. Further Contacts:

In case you have further issues about the PhD application process, and specifically for specializations in management, public administration, economics, development studies, and business administration, contact:

Professor Benon C Basheka, PhD

Dean School of Business and Management
Uganda Technology and Management University
Email: .
Mobile: +256 782 459 354

For those specializing in science or computing please contact:

Associate Professor John Ngubiri
Dean School of Computing and Engineering
Uganda Technology and Management University
E-mail: .,
Mobile: +256 776 543 466

UTAMU Welcomes New Students

September 10th 2013 saw new students reporting to Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) and going through orientation. Both students and UTAMU staff shared experiences but more particularly information about the University.

This interactive session which started at 2:30pm on Tuesday had members of staff addressing students and they were in turn given a chance to ask questions. UTAMU's Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Jude Lubega thanked the new students for having chosen to join UTAMU.


Prof. Barya shares a light moment with a new student

Students follow proceedings

He encouraged the students to work hard and attend classes so as to achieve their aspirations. Prof. Jude who assured freshers of a conducive learning environment at UTAMU also asked them to embrace the e-learning system, where course content, reading materials, course works and discussions can be accessed online.

Prof.V. Baryamureeba, UTAMU's Vice Chancellor assured the freshers that UTAMU is full of creative, resourceful and inspirational people. "By the time you leave this University, you will be ready for market. You will have acquired all the skills and employers will look for you", Prof. Baryamureba assured the students.

He also told the new students that UTAMU is a place that is going to change whoever has joined for it has the best professors in Uganda.

UTAMU staff treated to Birthday celebrations

Staff at Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) on Friday 7th September 2013 swarmed Kati Kati to celebrate the University's first anniversary.

UTAMU started operating as a private University in Uganda on 7th September 2012. Both the academic and management staff graced the occasion that kicked off at 7:30 p.m. Jokes, smiles, speeches and fun were part of activities for the day.

UTAMU Celebrates one yearStaff feasted on dinner and drinks were also in plenty. As a cake was cut to crown the celebrations, happy birthday song was sung too, and the Vice Chancellor personally served every member of staff. The celebration was the Vice Chancellor's initiative to thank staff for the university's achievements.

Dr. Rehema Baguma, the director for academic affairs who was also chief guest thanked the staff for having worked so hard over the last year.