100 varsities to be linked by Makerere IT centre

The 12,000sq metre complex valued at over US$20m is expected to connect over 100 universities in 13 African countries with India in e-education. It is part of the Faculty of Computing and Information Communication Technology (ICT). The ICT minister, Ham Mulira, represented President Yoweri Museveni at the opening of the centre on Wednesday. The ICT state minister, Alintuma Nsambu, for education Gabriel Opio and the Netherlands ambassador, Jeroen Verheul, attended the function. The centre is designed to carry out ICT research and development in addition to training ICT experts. According to Michael Niyitegeka, a university official, the centre is testing a mobile e-health service delivery for the Ministry of Health.

Uganda recently got its first tele-medicine procedure when two Ear, Nose and Throat surgeons operated upon a patient at Mulago Hospital with the help of experts in the US. Niyitegeka said the Uganda Bureau of Statistics had asked the centre to process its data. He said the centre was also in consultation with the Electoral Commission on whether it could handle election data. The centre will also digitalise the map of Uganda to show the minutest details. The information will be used in planning. The exercise will start with major urban areas like Kampala, Entebbe, Mbarara, Jinja and the national parks, said Niyitegeka.

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