Makerere University Faculty of Computing and Informatics Technology (FCIT) has signed a memorandum of understanding with Orange Uganda Ltd hoping to share telecommunication knowledge.
Following a signing ceremony at the faculty on July 12, the two entities will collaborate in ICT application, development, research, joint community outreach projects and knowledge exchange.
Orange Uganda’s Chief Executive Officer, Phillipe Luxcey, said partnering with Makerere would offer them an opportunity to work with innovative students.
“We have many laboratories worldwide; in China, USA, India, France and UK. The faculty will have access to our laboratories. We will have students visit our laboratories and help them with necessary equipment,” he said.
The dean of FCIT, Dr. Josephine Nabukenya, said every year their students carry out research in different areas of ICT and it is this wealth of research that Orange wants to tap into, coming up with products suitable for the Ugandan market.
She described Makerere University FCIT as one of the best ICT faculties in Africa with a human resource base highly skilled in information and communication technologies with extensive research experience.
The vice chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, said the faculty saw it fit to foster collaboration with industry and, so, in 2008, set up the Mobile Computing Lab specifically to champion innovations in mobile applications. The faculty also established the department of Innovations and Software Development, which has been spearheading the development of data collection tools using mobile devices. The innovations are supported by Nokia, Google and the British Council.
“I am aware that Orange has well established research labs for mobile applications and I believe this collaboration will enable us access expertise from your research labs to work with our students and staff,” Byaramureeba said.
The five-year memorandum involves offering regular placements for student internships with the telecommunication company.