By Our Reporter
Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, has donated ICT study equipment to Makerere University College of Computing and Information Science. The equipment is to aid in the hands-on study in the Huawei ICT Academy that was launched in 2019 at the college.
The event that took place at Makerere University College of Computing and Information Science was attended by the Vice Chancellor of Makerere Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, Executive Director of NITA-Uganda Dr. Mugasa Hatwib, Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Admin Professor Hisali Eria ,Huawei Managing director Mr. Gaofei, the and Principal College of computing Professor Tonny Oyana among others.
The Huawei ICT Academy was launched in May 2019 at Makerere University and is to train and certify 1000 students free of charge in the next two years.
Upon receiving the donation, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere Professor Barnabas Nawangwe commended Huawei for the donation and them being an industry leader.
“Today Huawei Technologies donated equipment router and switches to support Huawei ICT Academy program. We are very excited about its potential in changing the IT landscape in Uganda and beyond. I am grateful to Huawei for this donation. I know them (Huawei) and I have been to their headquarters, they are a market leader and have heavily invested in research and development,” He said.
Dr. Mugasa Hatwib, the executive Director of NITA-U and also the guest of honor, expressed his passion for research and innovation and stressed that the donated equipment by Huawei shall aid the college of computing of Makerere in this role. He commended Huawei for their fulfillment and pledged constant support to the university.
“Thanks to Huawei for this wonderful donation. This is part of the commitment that Huawei undertook to train 1000 students and equip their learning institutions. Collective participation is how we shall digitize Uganda. I love research and innovation and I believe that this donation shall aid in the same,” he added.
Professor Tonny Oyana, the Principal College of Computing and Information science emphasized that the ICT Academy initiative is right within the strategic plan of Makerere that is being implemented between 2020 and 2030.
According to Huawei’s Managing Director Mr. Gaofei, the donation comes as a fulfillment of the pledge Huawei made to Makerere of donating equipment to the University to aide in the hands-on study in the academy.
“The reason we are here today is to donate the ICT Academy equipment to aid this ICT Academy to give hands-on training of the academy courses. This is a fulfillment of our MOU signed in May 2019. We shall also donate to three more academies in Uganda” said Mr. Gaofei.
“With this donation, we believe that we shall trigger exploration which lights the way forward. And further more we believe that this exploration begins with sharing wisdom, and exchange of ideas to open up exciting new possibilities in a digital world”, he added.
The Huawei ICT Academy course combines both theories and practical operations which range from Enterprise Networks such as Routing and Switching, Advanced Network and Network technology, information technology such as Storage, Cloud computing and big data among others.
Pallisa student wins big in MoMo Nyabo promo
By Our Reporter
One of the biggest effects COVID-19 has caused is the closure of schools and learning institutions. The uncertainty that most students are going through is mind blowing especially because most are not sure when exactly schools will reopen. Their parents’ biggest fear however is the fact that they will be required to pay tuition, something many of them will grapple with considering the financial disruption caused by the pandemic that has left many of them without a stable source of income.
However, it is a different story for Sulaiman Magino and his parents. The senior four student from Pallisa won UGX 1,800,000 in the on-going MTN MoMoNyabo Together promotion.
The 22-year-old senior four student of Mbale Progressive Secondary School danced as he received the money he won in total disbelief, saying he had never held such a huge amount of cash in his entire life.
“For the last six months I haven’t held as much as 50,000 shillings,” said an overjoyed student.
Magino expected to sit for his final O level examinations this year but was demoralized when COVID-19 prevented him and all the other students from carrying on with their studies normally from school.
On the brighter side, however, Magino was thrilled by the fact that even when schools resume, he would be able to afford school fees for his final O level year. He also intends to help his parents with the money he won. “I will start a shop for them to sell their produce seeing as they are peasant farmers,” he added.
Magino decided to share the money he won with his best friend Samuel Olupot. “We play soccer together and are in the same school and class,” he said.
Olupot was excited that his very good friend Magino shared this win with him. “I intend to start a business in selling maize, millet and groundnuts produce that will grow this money that I have won,” Olupot said.
Apart from the winners called in studio, 250 people win 50,000 shillings directly every day. All you have to do is pay using MTN MoMo and stand a chance to win Use Mobile Money to pay for everything including airtime, data, voice bundles, yaka, water, television subscription and so much more.
Airtel Uganda awarded for best Digital Wallet Innovation
By Our Reporter
Airtel Uganda, together with its technology partners Comviva, has won the 2020 Digital Wallet Innovation Award under the ‘Market Adoption’ category.
Airtel Uganda and Comviva also won the Grand Prize at the awards ceremony organized by Aite Group, a global research and advisory firm, during the virtual Mobile Payment Conference held on Monday.
Aite Group annually recognizes innovation by digital wallet providers that are changing the way commerce is done. The winners are selected by a global panel of independent experts on digital payments and wallets.
“Digital wallets are becoming the engines of commerce, and with the COVID–19 pandemic, their importance to consumers is great than ever”, said Thad Peterson, senior analyst at Aite Group. “And as can be seen with Airtel Money Uganda, they have the power to move complete economies.”
Commenting about the award, Airtel Uganda Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Amit Kapur said; “This award recognises our effort towards making Airtel Money a world-class service, and Airtel Money’s revolutionary impact on increasing financial inclusion, digitizing payments and creating a digital cash-lite Uganda. The award has come at a right time, when Airtel Africa is celebrating its 10th Anniversary.”
“At Airtel our aim is to leverage the transformative power of mobile money to enrich the lives of people. Hence, in the last few years we have evolved Airtel Money by introducing new services, expanding the Airtel Money agent network and adding new partners.” He added.
Airtel partners with multiple utilities providers, billers, merchants, businesses, international remittance partners, Commercial banks and the Government of Uganda to facilitate payments and collections for these partners and facilitate the public make payments to these services.
The rich portfolio of services is complemented by an expansive Airtel money distribution network of over 102,000 active Airtel money agent and over 850 active and dedicated Airtel Money Branches spread across Uganda, providing last-mile services like cash deposit, withdrawals and customer support services to Airtel Money customers. Airtel Money Uganda is powered by Comviva’s mobiquity® Money platform.
“We are glad to be the technology partner of Airtel Money in Uganda and are happy to support Airtel’s mission of providing swift, seamless and secure digital financial services that are helping people to live better lives. This award validates our ability to bring innovative fintech services to the forefront in emerging economies. We are happy that mobiquity® Money is leading the way in digitizing economies and impacting lives of millions of people globally,” said Suresh Khosla, Head of Airtel Business at Comviva.
Secondary Teachers Land Juicy Deal at Victoria University
By Staff Writer
As coronavirus pandemic greatly affects teachers coupled with contemptible pay leading them to perennially wallow in vicious circle of poverty, secondary school teachers in Kampala now have a reason to smile courtesy of Victoria University in Kampala.
Victoria University today introduced community program for teachers aimed at building their capacity to interact better with the society in which they live, offer guidance and counseling, community remote learning and parental guidance.
The program dubbed Diversify your skill” will teachers liaise with Victoria University, enroll for the program, obtain training then proceed to fend for themselves.
Bill Nkeeto the Acting Vice Chancellor Victoria University says the exercise is also expected to generate a lot of market information about survival mechanisms of communities, interests and learning goals of university students.
He added that this will further build Victoria university mission of ensuring transformational education and the data will contribute to the development of market ready graduates based on informed point of view.
“Today we had an interaction with teachers from Kampala and near communities and the reason we invited them is that we realized that there is a gap in the light of the services they offer. They are in the way incapacitated, so as Victoria University that engages so much with the community trying solve people’s problems we felt a need for them to come we tell them about us, we see how we can work together in a number of ways”.
Nketo explained that “Their trade is education and that implies it is complimented by career guidance. We wish them to go out there in the communities, offer career guidance, talk about Victoria University and it’s a reason we are offering this training”.
If there is anyone who is interested in joining Victoria University, courtesy requires that they refer the person and any person they refer they get a significant portion of commission to keep them going and we also promised to facilitate their budgets time and again whenever they going on certain activities that they have set targets for and we as Victoria University benefit.
“This is a way of giving a hand and to ensure that we reach out to the communities so that they can pick interest in what we offer and they join Victoria University and pursue their dreams”.
Every student referred and joins Victoria University; the recommender will earn a commission of shs 200,000 and 150,000 for bachelor’s degree and diploma programs respectively.
Maad McCann’s Stella Mpora re-elected as Uganda Advertising Association chairperson
The Uganda Advertising Association has re-elected Stella Mpora Khan, Managing Director Maad McCann, as the Association Chair, alongside her 2018/2019 Executive Committee counterparts that comprised of Frank Muthusi- General Manager Fireworks Advertising, Robert Waweru- Director Saladin Media and Annette Sebba- Board Secretary- Maad McCann, at the Association’s Annual General Meeting held at Golden Tulip Hotel.
Stella rose from the rank of Deputy Secretary on the 2018/2019 Executive Committee to Chairperson on the 2019/2020 committee which, based on her commendable leadership, was tasked to lead the Association for another two-year term.
The committee prides itself in having revived the Association spirit, the relationship between the Association and the Uganda Media Owners Association (UMOA) and advancing the discussion on creating an advertising training and reward program with the aim of professionalizing the industry.
While accepting her and the team’s appointment, Stella said; “Leading the Association is a welcome challenge but there is need for all members to collaborate to strengthen our partnership and unite to focus on finding solutions to the crucial challenges affecting our business and industry in general.”
She noted that the main focus of the 2020-2022 leadership team will be strengthening partnerships with key industry stakeholders and creating platforms to strengthen the collaboration of industry players to drive policy around key industry issues. Another key focus area for her will be professionalizing of the industry and building capacity for all members to ensure a more structured category.
At the same general meeting, Joshua Kamugabirwe, Regional Manager for Havas Media Group in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania and Peter Igaga, Managing Director Grindstone Media were appointed as member representatives on the Executive Committee.
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