Vincent youth representative at Queen Elizabeth Biosphere Reserve, a
International Master’s Programme in Information Technology and Learning
I write this letter to express my interest in pursuing International master’s programme in Information Technology and Learning from the University of Gothenburg. This programme presents an opening for me to further advance my professional qualification, improve my leadership skills in the planning, implementation and analysis of emergent technologies for learning which will put me in the best possible position to achieve my career goals.
My interest in pursuing the programme arises from the acute shortage in professionals in the field of ICT in Uganda, a country where ICT is less popular among her citizens but has identified it sector as one of the primary growth sectors key to her economic and social transformation.
Poor ICT infrastructure within both the government and private sectors is still a big challenge hindering progress in resource sharing and research. This is not in line with the 2030 agenda which recognizes the need to develop knowledge societies where everyone has opportunities to learn and engage with others highlighting the need for access to information and communication technologies as defined in Sustainable Development Goal 9.
I am working with Uganda National Commission for UNESCO, an inter-governmental agency of UNESCO as an IT officer which I joined upon completing my bachelor’s degree in Information Technology in 2014 from Makerere University, Kampala. My duties here include planning for the ICT department, conduct routine maintenance and assessment of the ICT infrastructure, oversee the design of the organization’s website and training staff members on how to operate new equipment. I am also a youth representative at Queen Elizabeth Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO designated and protected site in Uganda. My roles here including engaging with the young people to identify alternative sources of livelihood for sustainable living to reduce over reliance on the depleted natural resources available. Train youth on digital literacy and information sharing for improved decision making.
I am certain that with the experience and knowledge gained from previous studies, work involvement and volunteer activities, it will make me a valuable addition to the masters’ programme that will bring my career to the next level.
It would be an honor for me to explore the beauty and diversity in cultures and traditions from whole over the world while at the university.
I have read the programme outline and available materials online and are in line with my expectation. It addresses the concerns that institutions in this country face.
With the knowledge and skills acquired upon completion of the programme, I will be well equipped to address the opportunities and challenges that emerging information technologies raise in institutions. I intend to transfer the knowledge and skills learnt during the course of the programme and re-channel it towards the growth and development of my community back in Uganda.