Roberto Bencini, Rome (Italy)

31 October 2018

On October 29th, 2018, the Columbia Energy Exchange published an interesting podcast, where Bill Loveless interviews Dr. Marcia McNutt, the president of the National Academy of Sciences, about the status of climate science (

Bill visited Dr. McNutt, not long after the release of the recent report by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to learn more about the latest findings in climate science and the challenges of conveying that message to the public. The mission of the Academy is to promote the use of science to benefit society and inform policy debates.

Anna McKie, The Times Higher Education

29 October 2018

A €7 million (£6.2 million) tool designed to stamp out cheating in online assessment is preparing for launch after successful European trials.

The Adaptive Trust-based E-assessment System for Learning (Tesla), funded by the European Union, combines anti-plagiarism software with facial-, voice- and keystroke-identification technology.

More than 27,000 students at seven European universities, including the UK’s Open University and the Open University of Catalonia (UOC), have now taken part in trials of the tool.

Greg Coleman, Petromall

22 October 2018

10 Years of O&G Startup Financing

Learning within virtual spaces is one of the ways of leveraging on new technologies that have come up in education in this digital era.

In Uganda, the Virtual University of Uganda (VUU) is among some of the universities in Africa and around the world that is providing students all over the world the experience of virtual learning away from conventional way.

Daniel Adekera, a graduate from VUU, is for example a Nigerian currently working in South Sudan as head of public information with the United Nations. He attained his Master’s degree in International Development without any movement.

Greg Coleman, Petromall

13 September 2018


Uganda’s confirmed petroleum base is currently at 6.5 billion barrels of oil in-place also known as Stock Tank Oil -Initially-In-Place (STOIIP). Of this, between 1.4 and 1.7 billion barrels are recoverable.

State Participation

UNOC is mandated to hold 15% state participating interest in the nine (9) Petroleum Production Licenses covering fields that are planned to be developed through the Tilenga and Kingfisher Development Projects.

The Tilenga Development Project is located in the north of Lake Albert and constitutes License Areas (LA)1 and 2. Our partners are Tullow Uganda Limited, Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Limited, CNOOC Uganda Limited and Total E&P Uganda B.V. Total E&P Uganda B.V and Tullow Uganda Operations Pty Limited are Operations for LA 1 and LA2 respectively. The project is currently at the phase of Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) and Final Investment Decision is planned to be taken during 2018.


….at least not for a while!

As the demand for oil and associated liquids creeps past 100mmbbl/day, whilst companies wishing to access Iranian crude are confronted with the reality of sanctions once again, and there’s a meltdown in Venezuela – semi-normal geopolitics in fact – a super smart bunch of folk is betting on the oil price continuing to rise, perhaps past $100/barrel.

Perhaps less well publicised than the Eurovision Song Contest and the ‘really sad’ failure of Arsenal FC to make next season’s Champion’s League was the fact that US oil production has motored smoothly past 10mmbbl/day and is probably going to break 12mmbbl/day in the second half of 2019, driven by the remorseless locomotive which is production from the Permian Basin of West Texas, together with a chunky contribution from the deep water GoM.

Quite how the supply/demand balance will play out over the next 18 months to two years remains to be seen but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the price back towards $60/barrel. IMHO of course…..though I’m not far away from the “Bloomberg Consensus” of $65/barrel mentioned in this article.

Technology impacts the ways in which teachers – whether elementary, secondary, or post-secondary – present information and assess student learning and capabilities in the classroom.  And students use technology to change the way they learn and communicate in return.  It stands to reason, therefore, that libraries should also grow and change with the influx and prevalence of technology in education.  Technology is a powerful force in education.  Here are five key ways it continues to revolutionize learning experiences in libraries:

Between 2012 and 2013 the number of institutions launching e-learning platforms increased by 23%. In a professional survey in 2015 that involved 25,000 (twenty-five thousand) young men and women, 80% acknowledged having taken online courses in the past. In 2015, 23% of students stated that they would not pursue a degree if their program was not available online or partially so. While in 2015, the e-learning market was worth an enormous $166.5 billion, it was estimated that it would grow to $255 billion by 2017. The swelling numbers of students choosing to follow online courses explain the explanation for the swelling financial value. The predictions show that by 2019, at least 50% of all classes will be delivered online.

Why am I asking this question? This Year, this Month, this Week?

Well, here’s a starting point.

From the Sunday Telegraph of a couple of weeks ago: “Big Oil’s Big Identity Crisis”. A neat article unfortunately obscured behind the Telegraph’ ‘Premium’ wall.

What was this all about? Well, let’s try a one word answer.

ICT, development, innovation

My personal focus in sub-Saharan Africa is on two areas, namely North West Africa and East Africa.

In North West Africa, the MSGBC Basin was once neglected, then explored, and latterly has yielded major gas discoveries.

One could say more or less the same thing about offshore East Africa, long neglected, then somewhat explored, latterly yielding major gas discoveries for Tanzania and Mozambique.

As for the conference, it will draw experts and attendees from around the world, and celebrate the science, culinary delights, and commercial opportunities of one of the world’s iconic diets. Just this year, the Mediterranean diet was voted “best overall” in the annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report.

According to a recent SoFi study, 56% of millennial women have money to invest but aren’t doing so because of fear.

It’s understandable to be worried about losing money in the market — especially for a generation that got a firsthand view of the 2008 financial crisis — but unfortunately, it’s almost impossible to accomplish most financial goals without putting money into the stock market.

The good news: Investing doesn’t have to be scary. It’s not hard to build a pretty safe portfolio that stands a very strong chance of performing well over time.

Drop in day this year on Friday 29 June 2018 at Virtual University of Uganda hosted alumni, enrolled students, potential students and partners. The event that features annually on our calendar was also open to the public. It took place at our serene Campus in Muyenga, a suburb of Kamapala.

The agenda of the day was a simple one. There was an exhibition, presentation and remarks from university senior management members, partners, alumni and students.

The Royal Academy of Engineering has awarded a 24-year-old Ugandan software engineer the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation. Brian Gitta is the first Ugandan to win the prestigious Africa Prize, and the youngest winner to date

By Bill Gates

UCF’s success is its focus on digital learning, which has allowed the university to meet the needs of its expanding student population and keep tuition costs low. As higher education costs rise, the education gap is growing. Solving this challenge will require our higher education institutions to expand access to students of all economic backgrounds and provide them a high-quality, affordable education.

By Melinda Gates

A college degree is a proven pathway to a better future in this country—but with so many competing priorities in their lives, that path isn’t always accessible. Technology can help open this pathway to more students. 

By Kelechi Udoagwu

We will need to produce 70% more food than we do today to feed 2,3 billion people that will be added to the world’s population by 2050. And we will have to do this in spite of increasing effects of climate change, scarcity of resources, and growing levels of inequality around the world.

By eNyota learning

Key here is policy training, anti-discrimination policy training, and even getting employees to be aware of biases that may creep into their day-to-day interaction with customers. An ideal mix of blended learning is the key to sustainable ongoing training instead.

Technology advancements have always had an important impact on industry development, affecting even the most traditional systems such as education. Following the general change of people’s habits and the world’s job market structure, the education sector has gone through a large-scale transformation over the last few years.

Much as there is a lot of collaboration among researchers and academics in Uganda with those in other parts of the world (mainly the US and Europe), sharing of content and services has not been straightforward.

eduGAIN is simplest enabler for this sharing, and RIF’s joining of eduGAIN will open up many possibilities for RENU member institutions. 

By Dr. Adalbertus Kamanzi, Director of Programmes

“Wakati ukuta” is a Swahili saying meaning that “time is a wall”. This proverb alludes to the fact that if one fights against time, he/she is fighting with something as hard as the wall; lets say you punch the wall, the consequences are that you will hurt your hand. Online education is here with us: it is the thing of the time.

Justin Geno Obwoya of VUU publishes his dissertation in the International Journal of Population Research. A testament to our quality education.

We are the first fully online university for Sub-Saharan Africa and fully licenced by the National Council for Higher Education in Uganda. We are also leading postgraduate e-learning University in the region for: Information and Technology, Public Health, International Development and Executive MBA.

Right now, a lot of the [voice, SMS, and data] traffic is being routed via carriers that take it outside the continent and back down to Africa. Yet there is no technical or economical reason for this beyond the fact that networks have been configured this way.

Virtual University of Uganda successfully hosted a business reception and panel discussion at Kampala Serena Hotel on 18th January 2018 in conjunction with the British High Commission & PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Uganda.