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MAKERERE UNIVERSITY, TAKING THE LEAD IN THE REALIZATION OF VISION 2040

Makere University is ready to propel the country in the desired Vision 2040. Makere University is a renowned hub for knowledge creation, research and innovations. Over 35,000 students are pursuing degree programmes at this great institution, which boasts of countless alumni spread across the globe… https://www.newvision.co.ug/digital_assets/424b2283-f9e4-4993-9f24-02845610eb83/41-MUK.pdf

 

EPICA INITIATIVE

EPICA is a new EU- African strategic partnership which aims to bring together businesses, public sector organisations and universities to design an innovative and scalable ePortfolio, which will improve the quality, visibility and availability of new skills. The project is made possible by co-funding from the European Commission's Horizon 2020...

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EPICA

Strategic Partnership for the co-design of an innovative and scalable ePortfolio ecosystem to improve the quality and visibility of skills. http://www.avu.org/avuweb/en/epica/

 

EPICA Project Launch

For two days and a half the EPICA consortium gathered at Hunderfossen in Norway for the Project Kick-off meeting, the very first meeting gathering all consortium partners from Europe and Africa. EPICA is also known as the "Strategic Partnership for the Co-Design of an Innovative and Scalable ePortfolio". https://icde.memberclicks.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=909:epica-project-launch&catid=23:news&Itemid=169

 

EPICA Kick-Off Meeting

EPICA's 'Kick-Off Meeting' in Hunderfossen, Norway on 28 - 31 January 2018 brought the initiative's main partner organisations together to identify key goals and 'deliverables.' Representatives of the African Virtual University, ICWE, Makerere University, MyDocumenta, Open University of Catalonia and The Open University of Tanzania, joined the project coordinator, the International Council for Distance Education, for a discussion aimed at providing an overview of the project, analysing its structure, identifying constraints and evaluating its potential impact.

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EPICA’s Open Days

Following its ‘Kick-Off Meeting’ in Hunderfossen, Norway in January 2018, EPICA has successfully completed the first phase of cementing its strategic international partnerships. Three Open Day events were held this April at EPICA’s African partner universities. The intention was

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Valuable information on the skills gap among African graduates was collected in focus group Breakout Sessions during the Open Days held at three African universities

The Open Days were a venue for the dissemination of information about EPICA, a new strategic partnership between Europe and Africa for the Co-Design of an Innovative and Scalable ePortfolio, as well as other targets. They sought to raise...

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Africa’s Technological Challenges Are Growth Opportunities

By plugging the skills gap in key areas of industry; through empowerment of Africa’s population with technologically in-demand skills, a spur in growth of its economies are most certainly guaranteed. Year in year out, the continents’ numerous universities churn out graduates into a marginal ecosystem, a mixture of low job openings and vast skills gaps; many students lacking basic soft skills required...

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Makerere to scrap semester exams

By DERRICK WANDERA & STEPHEN OTAGE 13/04/2018

Kampala. Makerere University is piloting a new curriculum aimed at abolishing end-of-semester examinations and assessing students more broadly based on competence.  http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Makerere-scrap-semester-exams-/688334-4390908-otp7q4/index.html

 

HOW TO TRAIN YOUNG PEOPLE FOR THE LABOUR MARKET

Reuben Kyama, 13/04/2018 Most higher education stakeholders agree that Africa’s large and growing youthful population generates a demographic dividend that needs to be tapped but how to do so within the current framework of university education remains a little less clear… http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180412142733151&query=skills

 

Uganda’s Makerere University to scrap end-of-semester exams

13/04/2018 Uganda’s pioneer Makerere University is piloting a new curriculum aimed at abolishing end-of-semester examinations and assessing students more broadly based on competence.  https://www.alleastafrica.com/2018/04/13/ugandas-makerere-university-to-scrap-end-of-semester-exams/

 

Makerere University Vice Chancellor Launches EPICA Project

On 12th April 2018, Makerere University Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe delegated the Principal Mak-CEES Prof. Fred Masagazi-Masaazi officially launched the EPICA project at EPICA Open Day Event. EPICA is one of the new projects at CEES. It aims at contributing to addressing the skills-gap through a process of co-design, adaptation, implementation and validation of an innovative and scalable Competency-Based ePortifolio. http://cees.mak.ac.ug/news/makerere-university-vice-chancellor-launches-epica-project

 

Mak launches EPICA Project

16/04/2018 On 12th April 2018, Makerere University Vice Chancellor-Prof Barnabas Nawangwe represented by the Principal College of Education and External Studies (CEES) Prof. Fred Masagazi-Masaazi officially launched the EPICA project at Open Day Event. EPICA is one of the new projects at CEES aimed at contributing to addressing the skills-gap through a process of co-design, adaptation, implementation and validation of an innovative and scalable Competency-Based ePortifolio. https://news.mak.ac.ug/2018/04/mak-launches-epica-project

 

Makerere to phase out end-of-semester exams

Steven Nuwagira 13/04/2018 Makerere University is coming up with a fresh curriculum aimed at abolishing end-of-semester examinations and assessing students more practically based on competence and submissions. https://campusbee.ug/news/makerere-to-phase-out-end-of-semester-exams/

 

FOUR UNIVERSITIES IN BID TO CREATE GRADUATE DATABASES

ABELA MSIKULA.  21/04/2018
Employment agencies now have their jobs cut out thanks to the announcement that Open University of Tanzania (OUT) has teamed up with three other universities in East Africa to create a database that will store lists of names of their graduates and their curricula vitae will be found. https://dailynews.co.tz/index.php/home-news/57361-four-universities-in-bid-to-create-graduate-data-bases

 

FOUR UNIVERSITIES IN BID TO CREATE GRADUATE DATABASES

EMPLOYMENT agencies now have their jobs cut out thanks to the announcement that Open University of Tanzania (OUT) has teamed up with three other universities in East Africa to create a database that will store lists of names of their graduates and their curricula vitae will be found.  https://hakipensheni.blogspot.com/2018/04/four-universities-in-bid-to-create.html

 

EPICA OPEN DAY IN DAR ES SALAAM IN THE NEWS - Tanzania Broadcoasting Commission

20/04/2018 Open University of Tanzania (OUT), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Open Day Event 19 April 2018

 

UNIVERSITIES PARTNER ON A NEW TEACHING MODE

14/04/2018 Kampala, Uganda. JOSEPH BAHINGWIRE.
As African economies start growing and technological change being the engine of growth, it has become eminent that the conventional system of education that is class based cannot provide skills that can lead to business growth as well as economic development. https://www.independent.co.ug/universities-partner-on-a-new-teaching-mode/

 

How Ensure You're on the Right Career Path

South Africa. 14/09/2017
Monash South Africa’s free online aptitude test http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/371/167452.html

 

EPICA

EPICA - Strategic partnership for the co-design of an innovative and scalable eportfolio ecosystem to improve the quality and visibility of skills https://www.openaire.eu/search/project?projectId=corda__h2020::9bae1f49724dd224ad371ffbb2dc1cfb

 

South African Journal of Higher Education - An ePortfolio as Empowering Tool to Enhance Students’ Self-directed Learning in a Teacher Education Course : a Case of a South African University

Tunesia. 03/05/ 2017
The purpose of this article is to explore Economics student teachers’ views on the usefulness of an ePortfolio as an empowering tool which can enhance self-directed learning in a teacher education course at an open distance learning university. https://journals.co.za/content/journal/10520/EJC-80865509f

 

Entrepreneurs’ Organisation Crowns Champion Of The Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards

25/01/2018 South Africa https://www.entrepreneurmag.co.za/entrepreneur-today/entrepreneurs-organisation-crowns-champion-of-the-global-student-entrepreneurship-awards/

 

Critical Need for Digital Skills for Africa's Youth

06/03/2018
It is essential to train young Africans, particularly in digital skills, to ensure the economic development of the continent in the decades to come and avoid the brain drain of strategic skills for its development. http://www.bizcommunity.africa/Article/410/16/174413.html

 

Digital revolution holds bright promises for Africa

Pan Africa. 12/2017 http://www.un.org/africarenewal/magazine/december-2017-march-2018/digital-revolution-holds-bright-promises-africa

 

EPICA - Strategic partnership for the co-design of an innovative and scalable eportfolio ecosystem to improve the quality and visibility of skills

https://www.fabiodisconzi.com/open-h2020/projects/213131/index.html