In a bid to improve the University visibility and online presence, the Directorate of ICT together with the Public Relations Office of Kyambogo University organized a website launch and sensitization workshop on Monday 10th February 2020 in the NPT. The launch was presided over by Prof. Eli Katunguka – Rwakishaya, the Vice-Chancellor (pictured) who thanked the organizers and noted that the University Council recommended for the involvement of ICT services in all university endeavours, which are all embedded in the University Strategic Plan. He called upon all university staff to corporate with the website management team in providing relevant and updated information for public consumption. “The recent update of the website is one of the other factors that has tremendously changed our university ranking and as a matter of fact, Kyambogo University is now ranked 3rd in Uganda after Makerere University and Mbarara University of Science and Technology so we need to keep up with the trend”. Prof Katunguka added.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Finance and Administration Prof. Nabugomu also thanked the website management team and stated that the website is our gateway for the entire world to know what we do so we have to be good at it because, in this era, clients live online.
The sensitization workshop attracted Kyambogo University Top Management, Deans of Facilities, Heads of Departments and staff from the Directorate of ICT and Public Relations among others.
In his presentation, the Director ICT Services, Dr.John Okonzi (pictured) said, “we are in the very dangerous era of cybersecurity and hackers will always attempt to find loopholes in your system. But as a Directorate, we work against this and we understand that viruses can come in many ways such as emails and other internet related activities but we put monitoring measures to ensure that our system is always protected. We host our very own website and have a security system and that explains why we have been able to integrate our system with different banks and URA”.
Senior Public Relations Officer, Mr. Reuben Twinomujuni, (pictured) stated that the website is a major international communication tool to communicate not only with students, both prospective and current, but also with parents, journalists, staff, and anyone else who’s looking for information or interaction. He added the biggest percentage of millennials use online platforms and it’s a strategic move for the university to digitalize its services to suit this market.
Mr. Mukisa Vicent, Kyambogo University Web Designer said that the new website is developed and structured in a decentralized form where all the academic departments, service units, schools and faculties were planned to own their independent manageable websites depending on amounts of content provided. Noting that this will improve the user experience in web usage for easy, faster navigation and maintenance.
He stated that there has been special features and functions designed and added to the new website which will make it more user-friendly and these will include: Live chat, Frequently asked questions (FAQs), Forums, E- Notice board and events management.