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Jude Thaddeus Lubega (PhD Computer Sciences 2006)

Biography

I am Ugandan (39) and studied at the University of Reading from 2002 to 2006 for both my masters and PhD. For my PhD I was supervised by Prof. Shirley Williams and Dr. Lilly Sun and I undertook research in the area of E-Learning. Today, I am reaping from the mentorship and training I got from some of the best academicians of my life. I must say that the interaction with other staff and colleagues within the School of Systems Engineering, such as Prof. Keith Baker, Prof. Rachel Macrindle, Prof. Liu Kecheng and so on, provided the platform that I am standing on now. Currently I am the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU), CEO for Eight Tech Consults and an active researcher in the ICT4D area. The experience I got from my supervisors in making academic publications has helped me write more than 55 publications to date. It has been quite an interesting career since I left the University of Reading and I have no regrets for having trained in one of the best Universities in the world.

Why did you choose to do a PhD at the University of Reading?

I chose to do a PhD at the University of Reading because I had done my master's degree there. Moreover I was provided help to undertake the PhD and had interesting mentors and supervisors to follow in their steps. The environment was very good for research and I will always be proud of it.

What was the best bit about living and studying in Reading?

The multicultural environment, the weather, infrastructure, staff were all so good! I made so many friends and I am still in touch with them today. I also very much like to remember my fellow students, who came from a variety of countries around the world.

What top tips would you give to students who are beginning their PhD?

You need to clearly understand what you want to do and why you want to do it. You need to have your supervisors as friends, mentors and reach out to them with an open mind. Avoid too many distractions, and beware of spending too much of your time working to make money instead of studying.

What are you up to now? How did you get there?

I am now working as Deputy Vice Chancellor for UTAMU, CEO for Eight Tech Consults and an active researcher in ICT4D.

What would be your top tips for students interested in working in this sector?

They need to be skilled and knowledge able instead of only be knowledgeable. Today employers need graduates who are skilled and not simply educated. Not everything will be offered in class, self training is critical too.

What does the University mean to you and what is your favourite memory?

The University of Reading created the strong foundations of the platform on which I can now stand with my head held high; it provided me with the mentorship I needed to be successful in all the positions I am holding; it made me believe that everything is possible and provided me with a network of international researchers which is still invaluable to my work.

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