School of Distance Learning and Information Technology

The School of Distance Learning and Information Technology is mandated to develop management capacity at all levels
through distance learning and information technology training Programmes. It is composed of two Departments: Distance
Learning and Information Technology.

Dean Dr. Dr. Jennifer Aduwo

ITD Mandate

The Information Technology Department's Mandate is to develop capacity, undertake research and consultancies in the areas of Information Communication Technologies, Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Security Management and Business Computing Management.

DLD Mandate

The Distance Learning Department is mandated to manage all Institute  Distance / Online Programmes. The Department is commited to increasing access to Education by providing training anywhere and anytime away from the classrooms through interactive online study instructional materials.

DLD Info

The programmes for this Department run for a minimum duration of two (2) years comprising of (4) semesters and the maximum completion time is four (4) years with each year being divided into two semesters. Participants take a minimum of three modules and are required to attend a two weeks face to face session for orientation and examinations per semester. You be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma certificate of UMI after completion of 12 modules (4 basic modules, 8 core modules). You will cover up to a minimum of three modules per semester. Retaking any module attracts extra cost which can be got from the Institute Registrar’s office or Accounts Office.

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For more information about Distance Learning Programmes Contact:
The Head, Distance Learning Department on: 
Email: rmwogeza@umi.ac.ug or 
gbwoch@umi.ac.ug (for Short Courses) or 
rlia@umi.ac.ug or admin@umi.ac.ug
School Objectives
  • To develop the Department as the national apex center for Information Communication Technologies, Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Security Management and Business Computing Management training and education.
  • To promote, and augment linkages, alliances and affiliations with national and international scientific and research institutions, and other organizations working in the IT field. 
  • To collect, assimilate, publish and disseminate data and information on aspects relevant to the Information Communication Technologies, Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Security Management and Business Computing Management to the academic and scientific community. 
  • To provide customized training on request as may deem fit in line with the
    Departments’ Mandate.
  • To foster partnership with other IT training Institutions and Researchers.
Courses and Programmes Offered
The School constitutes two departments that offer a wide range of programmes as indicated below:
Information Technology Department
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Business Computing and Management 
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Information Security Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Information Systems Management  
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology
Distance Learning Department
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation 
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management 
Short Courses and Other Services
The Department also runs video conference short courses in collaboration with over 120 countries worldwide under its partnership with the Association of African Distance Learning Centers (AADLC) and the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN). These courses include but not limited to;
  • Islamic Finance
  • Climate Change
  • Project Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Managing the 21st Century Local Authorities
  • Microfinance Training of Trainers
  • Finance for Non-Finance Managers
  • Critical Skills for Top Managers
  • Leadership Dynamics for Senior Women Managers
  • Fraud Investigation & Prevention
  • A Practical Training Course on Public Private Partnerships (PPP)
  • Policy Formulation, Implementation and Analysis
  • Combating Corruption in Procurement Course
Other services provided at the Department, which can be hired by the public, include:
  • Video conferencing (for international job interviews, meetings, etc) and Teleconferencing
  • Conference suite for seminars, conferences, workshops and meetings
  • Multimedia computer labs with high speed internet connectivity
Registration will always be at the beginning of each Semester, you will visit any of the UMI centres (Kampala, Mbarara, Gulu or Mbale) of your convenience for registration by the Institute Registrar’s Office. You will  be required to visit the institute for  only two weeks per semester  specially one (1) week for the orientation  and the other week for seating for examinations
Face to Face (Orientation) Session
You will be required to attend a  one (1) weeks face-to-face sessions for a maximum of nine (9)hours a day and take home a coursework to be submitted online on a stipulated date .   
After the face-to-face session you will study on your own away from the institute using the provided online interactive instructional materials that include ; a module  handbook, recommended reading list and any other relevant literature that may guide you in the learning process. During this period, you will seek for assistance from the administration assistant, module leaders; course Manager and the Head of department as well as the Dean.
Examination  Period
At the end of the semester, you will convene (either at UMI, Kampala or any other UMI Centre) for a period of one week to sit for the end of semester examinations. You will also be provided a copy of the Institute’s Assessment and Examination Regulations and Guidelines.
Participants will attempt two standard course works and one final examination per module. The coursework will contribute 40% and the examination 60%to the final examination score.
Plot 44-52, Jinja Road, P.O Box 20131 Kampala, Uganda. Telephone: +256-312 721 700, +256-312 721 200. Emailadmin@umi.ac.ug