Prof. Barya Resigns From Makerere After 17 Years


viagra 60mg geneva; font-size: small; background-color: white;”>In a letter to the University’s Secretary of the appointments Board which has leaked to media houses, more about Baryamureeba notes: “Just like in outside Universities, I would like after these many years of consecutive service in the University to take a break from University Service.”

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He has diligently served Makerere for 17 years where he is credited for turning around a troubled institution into a globally reputed centre of academic excellence especially in the field of ICT.

Baryamureeba argued that he intended to spend “two years working in the private sector” before he could fully revert to full time academic work at the campus.

During this period, Baryamureeba promised “to publish at least two books in the next two years.”

The resignation letter has caught by surprise majority at Makerere.

Contacted earlier about the resignation, Prof. Barya’s Personal Assistant, Deborah Namirembe said: “I am not aware of any resignation. This is not true.”

Makerere PRO Ritah Namisango said: “if Baryamureeba chooses to travel abroad for holiday it doesn’t mean he has resigned.”

In what appears to confirm his workaholic nature, Barya states in his resignation: “I also do recognize that I’m due for sabbatical leave and I have also accumulated annual leave over the 17 years period which I have never taken.”

The resignation comes just three days after the appointment of Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu as his replacement.

Barya, who is now in United States, is expected to return to Uganda on September 4, according to impeccable sources.

“Prof. Barya will hand over his office before September 10th,” said a source.

It has always emerged that Baryamureeba told his closest friends at the campus that he would not serve as Principal at ICT, insisting that he only takes forward not backward steps.

Prof. Baryamureeba has been an achiever and record setter and below are some highly turning moments.

• In 1996 Baryamureeba finished a two year M.Sc. in Computer Science in a record time of 8 months;

• In 2000 he graduated with a PhD and had the best PhD dissertation that year at the University of Bergen;

• In 2000 Baryamureeba discovered the Barya function;

• In 2000 he was the youngest PhD holder at Makerere University;

• In 2000 he became the 1st Ugandan to obtain a PhD in Computer Science;

• In 2001 he was appointed Director of the Institute of Computer Science and became the youngest Director in the History of Makerere University;

• In 2005 he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Computing and IT and became the youngest Dean in the history of Makerere University;

• In 2005, he spearheaded the construction of the largest computing building in Africa with 12,000 sq metres of space worth over US$ 20 million— completion date is May 2008;

• In 2006 he was appointed a full Professor at the age of 37 making him the 1st

Professor of Computer Science in Uganda and the youngest Professor in sub-Saharan Africa;

• In 2006 he raised from the rank of Associate Professor to Professor in a record time of less than three (3) months;

• In 2007 Prof. Baryamureeba received the ‘Top ICT Educator/ Academic’ Award in Africa for 2007;

• In 2008 Professor Baryamureeba was appointed Judge, African ICT Achievers Awards 2008;

• In April 2008 Professor Baryamureeba was considered for inclusion in the upcoming 2009 Edition of Who’s Who in the World.

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• In September 2008, 2nd Runner-up, Presidential Science Awards, Science and Technology Excellence Award in recognition of his innovative approach to institutional and human capacity development in computer science by the President of the Republic of Uganda.


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