Public Universities are set to use the ACMIS System for data backup. The completion and adoption of ACMIS System follows the recent tragedy where Kyambogo University staff deleted all data for students who are set to graduate.
In 2020, the government of Uganda supported Public Universities and Self Accounting Institutions (PUSATIS) to develop an Academic Information Management System(ACMIS) which meets their academic requirements.
ACMIS is a modular component of the National Education Management Information System Framework through which the entire education cycle from Pre-school to Tertiary and University level will be automated.
The development of ACMIS was spearheaded by the Directorate of Information Computer and Technology system, DICTS Kyambogo and external participants and took into consideration the challenges encountered in Academic Information Management System ( AIMS) whose support from the government ceased on 30th June, 2021.
The AIMS was being funded by the government, however it stopped the funding and the Universities had to play this on their own.
“We really found it difficult to buy data and also fund this system. Therefore as a team we had to develop a traditional based system that is cheaper for saving our information,” Prof. Kakumba Deputy Vice Chancellor said.
He added that the system will enable the refunding of students’ monies incase of any balances. And there will be quick uploading of students’ marks on their portals.
Dr. David Kiwana, DICTS Manager, says that the ACMIS System is already in Makerere University locally installed at the DICTS Network Operations Centre and student data is being migrated.
“ACMIS unlike AIMS will be hosted locally at PUSATIs and each will have its own source code-instance. In other words individual Universities will have full control of both the system and institutional data,” Dr. Kiwana added.