Need to Integrate Cisco Program into Other Academic Programs

The Cisco NetAcad Program in Uganda has called for need to promote the integration of the Cisco Program into academic programs. This was said that the recent Cisco routine visit at Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU) campus in Bugolobi.

UTAMU students in a Cisco class

A team from Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) which is the Academy Support Center (ASC) for the NetAcad Program in Uganda paid a routine visit to UTAMU.

The routine visits are aimed at checking on the growth the Cisco Acdemies, how many programmes are being run and identify any challenges being faced and what a joint team can do to mitigate the challenges.

CoCIS is mandated to oversee the Cisco NetAcad program in Uganda to ensure the other Academies operate in line with the Cisco Quality Assurance Plan (QAP).

“One of the reasons for this visit is to engage with the managers of the institutions hosting the academy, sensitize them about the value of the program and have their support,” said Robert Tuhaise, Coordinator for Professional Skills at CoCIS.

 CoCIS plays a supervisory role over other Cisco Academies, recruiting new academies, carry out instructor trainings, offer technical support to all academies among others.

At the meeting, the members agreed to start having joint adverts between UTAMU and the Cisco Academy at least two times a year to increase on the student enrollment numbers

“There is need to create a forum for Cisco trainers through annual trainings where coordinators can meet and strategize on how to make Cisco more relevant to the Market,” said Mr. Paul Bakiika, Head of Center for Innovation and Professional Skills Development at the Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS).

The members also discussed different strategies on to how increase student enrollments and devised ways of marketing the program. “To enhance revenue, we could integrate Cisco in other academic programmes so that students can have more hands-on skills,” said Tuhaise.

Dr. Drake Mirembe, Dean School of Professional and Vocational Education (SPVE) at UTAMU welcomed the team and assured them of full cooperation between UTAMU and CoCIS to enhance on revenues and provide students with entrepreneurial and hands-on skills.

The CoCIS team also supervised and monitored the teaching and learning equipment and facilities at UTAMU which fit within the requirements needed to facilitate the programme.

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