Makerere University’s AIMS changes to AICMS, students’ data hangs in balance

Makerere transitions from AIMS (PHOTO /Courtesy)

Makerere University’s Advanced Information Management System (AIMS) has finally been transitioned into the Academic Information Management System (ACMIS), a new Data Management system for the University’s Stakeholders especially the students (marks and tuition records).

At 12:00am 1st September 2021 the AIMS system was switched off by its vendor (Zeenode Uganda Ltd) and the portal is currently inaccessible to the student community.

The transition has left a few gaps unfilled, a case in point, the continuation of payments since the new system has not yet been fully installed.

“We are going to engage the US and Bursar in an urgent meeting to agree on modalities of enabling continued payments of tuition until ACMIS is fully up and running. Interim modalities for continued tuition payment will be communicated through the office of the university bursar. Please remain calm and stay tuned,” management reacted on in a web statement.

Only the portal is accessible to the Directorate for ICT Support (DICTS) to complete pending downloads of University data that may still be on the AIMS system.

The above incidents, are a result of Makerere University management officially disengaging Zeenode Uganda Ltd on the continued use of the AIMS system at Makerere University.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) and DICTS team introduced the Academic Information Management System (ACMIS) to all critical stakeholders of the University in a well attended meeting with Principals, Deputy Principals, HoDs, AR-ICT division, College Registrars, IT personnel and the student Guild Leadership.

At present, good progress has been made towards the implementation of ACMIS. DICTS, AR-ICT division and now college registrars and the Finance department teams, are going to continue working together in the next few weeks to get the system fully operational.

DICTS and the AR-ICT division, have developed a college by college change management training program which we are going to start following in the next two weeks to bring the entire university community on board.

“We are also making efforts to enable the portal in the next few days for prospective graduate students to continue making online applications for admission to the University,” management advised.

All other inquiries regarding the implementation of the ACMIS system should be channeled to [email protected]

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