MAKERERE University and Amity University of India have launched online courses. The courses, offered at the faculty of computing and information technology, are conducted using high-tech equipment.
Students do not come face-to-face with the lecturer but get live, interactive lectures from the tele-education studios set up at Amity and Makerere.
The students ask questions to which the lecturer responds instantly.
The courses include Master in Financial Control, MBA in International Business, Post-graduate Diploma in Information Technology (IT), Bachelor of Science in IT and an ordinary diploma in IT.
Makerere was selected as the regional centre for eastern Africa to support universities in Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Sudan and Burundi.
Dr. Jude Lubega, the acting faculty dean, said each student will be exempted from tuition fees.
India has given about sh245.2b for the courses.
Upon admission by Amity, students pay nominal operational fees of between sh150,000 to sh300,000 to facilitate the centre, depending on the course.
The project aims at enabling African countries to integrate information and computer technologies in their programmes.
It targets 10,000 students but only 236 have enrolled. The next intake is expected next month.
Lubega explained that if a student misses a lecture, they would access the lecture notes stored at the data centre, through the Internet.
Launching the centre yesterday, the Uganda Communications Commission chief, Patrick Mwesigwa, commended Makerere university for the development.
Makerere starts online courses