Microsoft to set up an Innovations Center at Makerere University

Posted May 28, 2011 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Business ~ 4,980 views


Microsoft International has agreed to establish the 2nd Innovations Center in the Region and 4th in Africa atMakerere University’s College of Computing and Information Sciences. The Innovations Center will be used by Makerere University and Uganda as whole to develop appropriate innovations relevant to the needs of our society.

Microsoft will provide technical expertise and related administrative support to the center for 3years. A number of training programs will be offered by the center, which will act as a model innovation center on the African Continent. The confirmation came after 4years of continuous engagements and negotiations between Microsoft, Ministry of ICT, Uganda, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Through UNIDO, the College of Computing and Information Sciences has also recently been approached by the UN Global Pulse Labs (the innovations arm of the UN) expressing interest in partnering to set up a UN Global Pulse Lab at the College. This recent development is hinged on Microsoft approval of the establishment of an Innovations Center at Makerere.

In other news, the College of Computing and Information Science entered a partnership with AIESEC-The World’s Largest Student-run Organization and Tata Consultancy Services to offer technical training opportunities to fresh graduates. So far three of the recent graduates have been hired by Tata Consultancy Services, India to undergo 1Year technical training in software development. This training has all expenses paid for by Tata Consultancy Services.

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    actually that is going to continue to improve on the techinology sector in uganda and among the ugtandans because now uganda is more a head of tanzania and some other african countries in techionlogy so i think its positions going to raise in techinology in africa thanks to microsoft


    The fact that microsft has chosen this university in Uganda is a huge indication of how the west are looking at African countries. Uganda needs to get ready to be the African leader in technology and internet systems. companies like are now activley promoting Uganda and its companies to the world for trade and business.

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