Uganda needs more computing experts than ICT - MUK don

Friday May 17 2019

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Huawei Managing Director Liu jiawei and College of Computing Principal Makerere shake hands after signing an agreement to establish ICT Academy in Uganda. PHOTO BY ERONIE KAMUKAMA 

By Eronie Kamukama

Kampala. Uganda must focus more on churning out experts in computing than in ICT, a senior researcher at Makerere University, has said.
Mr Tonny Oyana, who is also the principal College of Computing and Information Sciences at Makerere University, said the country needs more experts in computing to manage and nurture future technological advancements.

“Computer science is the foundation of information technology, network communication and information systems. We should make sure we have the right brains,” he said.
Mr Oyana was speaking during the launch of the Huawei ICT academy and flag off of 10 students to China under the Seeds for the Future programme.

The ICT academy is expected to prepare students for the marketplace through hands-on training while offering free certification.
The academy will enroll its first students in June drawing its first applicants from Makerere University, after which it will establish the same academy in Kyambogo, Lira, Gulu, Muni, Busitema and Mbarara universities.