Huawei Launches ICT Academy at Makerere University

Huawei Launches ICT Academy at Makerere University
The launch of the First Huawei Academy at Makerere University: COURTESY PHOTO

Makerere University has signed a Memorandum of  Understanding(MOU) with global electronics provider, Huawei to establish an Information Computer Technology (ICT) academy.

The partnership is intended to skill Ugandans to become experts in computer technologies which have become a benchmark in economic growth.

The launch was held at Makerere University main campus and was officiated by the state Minister for ICT and National Guidance Hon Frank Tumwebaze.

Hon. Tumwebaze commended Huawei for its Corporate Social Responsibility towards Ugandans rather than focusing only on the monetary value.

“Many people from the way we think, when they hear an academy, people want to see buildings being unveiled. No, when they say an ICT academy, it could even be contained on your tab. It’s not about the structures, it is the knowledge transfer. “ Tumwebaze said.

“This programme was initiated in September 2018. Although the launch is today, we have already done some work. 350 students were recruited here from our college, and other 200 from outside.” Prof Tony Oyana the Principal Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences.

The state Minister for ICT and National Guidance Hon Frank Tumwebaze, Huawei officials flagging off students for China: COURTESY PHOTO

According to the Proffessor, despite the launch being held yesterday, the College only 11 vacancies are available.

On the same event, 10 students; 5 from Makerere and the rest from MUNI, Gulu and Lira Universities were flagged off to China for Huawei’s two-weeks mentorship programme.

The University received $30,000 in equipment as well as training the first instructor who will be giving students more knowledge from Huawei and according to Prof. Oyana, Makerere will receive a sum of $15,000 every year to facilitate the University’s ICT experience.


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