Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba profile
Baryamureeba is a man of many achievements
Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba is one of the most known personalities in Uganda today. His over glamorous academic and personal exploits over the years have this year received more scrutiny as he tried to retain his Vice Chancellor job at Makerere University, a position he took four years ago in acting capacity. His tenure has been characterized by several image damaging accusation against the young professor and he unceremoniously handed over office on August 31st to newly appointed Vice Chancellor Prof. John Dumba Ssentamu.
Born 18th May 1969, Baryamureeba is a Professor of Computer Science and is a man of many qualifications. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science, M.Sc. in Computer Science, Post Graduate Diploma in Economic Modelling, Post Graduate Diploma in Mathematical Modelling, Post Graduate Certificate in Public Relations, Post Graduate Certificate in Administration, Post Graduate Certificate in Business Management, and B.Sc. (Hons) among other qualifications.
PROF. BARYA’S KEY MILESTONES
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 at the age of 30 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 at the age of 31 he was appointed Director of the Institute of Computer Science and became the youngest Director in the history of Makerere University;
• In 2005 at the age of 36 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 12,500sq metres of space worth over US$ 20 million and President Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda on January 28, 2009, officially opened the building. The Block B building was funded from internally generated funds in the Faculty of Computing and IT. He had previously spearheaded the construction of the Faculty of Computing and IT Block A Building with 2500sq metres of space, which was funded by the Royal Kingdom of Norway and was commissioned on 28th January 2004.
• 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 September 2008, 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.
• In November 2008 Professor Baryamureeba was included in the 2009 Edition of Who’s Who in the World. Distributed globally, Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World is relied upon by business leaders, journalists, academics, and other professionals for its accuracy and currency of information.
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• In November 2008, he was appointed an honorary member of the International Association of IT Governance Standards, a member driven organization that provides a platform to support and promote multi-disciplinary research on IT Governance standards.
• In April 2009, Prof. Baryamureeba was included in the ‘’2000 outstanding intellectuals of the 21st century’’ by the International Biographical Centre.
• In May 2009, Prof. Baryamureeba was included in the ‘’TOP 100 Professionals-2009 by the International Biographical Centre in recognition of his significant contribution in the area of ICT to engender influence on the local, national and international scene. As a bearer of Top 100 Professionals 2009, he has been recorded in perpetuity in the halls of the International Biographical centre.
• In July 2009, Prof. Baryamureeba won the International Educator of the Year 2009 Award from International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England.
• In August 2009, Prof. Baryamureeba won the award of ‘Most Influential ICT Personality in Uganda’ from ICT Creatives Ltd (www.ictcreatives.com).
• On 20th October 2009, Prof. Baryamureeba won the 2009 TWAS-ROSSA Prize for Building Scientific Institutions for the African Region. The Academy of Sciences in the Developing World (TWAS) [www.twas.org] is an autonomous international organization, based in Trieste, Italy, that promotes scientific excellence for sustainable development in the South.
• Prof. Baryamureeba was appointed 14th Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University in 2009 at the age of 40 making him then the youngest Vice-Chancellor to ever be appointed to lead a University on the African continent at such a tender age.
• On 14th December 2011, Professor Venansius Baryamureeba won the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education at the Africa-India Partnership Summit Le Matinal Educational Excellence Awards 2011 held in Mauritius.