Microsoft has approved an Innovations Center at Makerere University. This will be the 2nd Innovations Center in the East African Region and 4th in Africa. The Innovations Center will be used by Makerere University and Uganda as whole to develop appropriate innovations relevant to the needs of their society.
Microsoft will provide technical expertise and related administrative support to the center for 3 years. A number of training programs will be offered by the center, which will act as a model innovation center on the African Continent. The confirmation came after 4 years of continuous engagements and negotiations between Microsoft, Ministry of ICT, Uganda, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) .
Through UNIDO, the College of Computing and Information Sciences has also recently been approached by the UN Global Pulse Labs (the innovations arm of the UN) expressing interest in partnering to set up a UN Global Pulse Lab at the College. This recent development is hinged on Microsoft approval of the establishment of an Innovations Center at Makerere.