Directorate of Academic Affairs

The Directorate of Academic Affairs (DAA) at Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) is responsible for coordination of academic activities of the university namely; student admissions, student records as well as teaching and examinations.

Other responsibilities include; curriculum review, preparation of the University calendar, monitoring and evaluation of teaching and learning in collaboration with the Quality Assurance Department and keeping management updated on best practices in teaching and learning, and areas that need improvement. The Directorate also provides Secretariat to Senate.

Leadership

The Director of Academic Affairs is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rehema Baguma. She holds a Bachelor of Library and Information Science degree and a Post graduate Diploma in Computer Science from Makerere University; a Master of Science degree in Computer Application Technology from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China and a PhD in Information Systems from Radbound University in the Netherlands.

Dr. Baguma is a researcher in human computer/mobile interaction, IT Usability/accessibility, e- services in particular e-governance, e-learning and e-health, IT services for people with disabilities and ICT4D in general. She has extensive experience in managing university teaching and learning activities, and student records.

Functions of the Directorate of Academic Affairs

The primary functions of the Directorate of Academic Affairs include coordination of teaching and learning activities and management of student records.

Under coordination of teaching and learning activities, the Directorate is charged with;

  • Preparation and management of the University Calendar (Almanac)
  • Ensuring that all necessary preparations for teaching and learning to take place effectively are in place such as projectors, white boards, online content, teaching and exam time table,etc;
  • Monitoring and evaluation of teaching and learning in collaboration with the Quality Assurance Department
  • Keeping management updated on best practices and areas that need improvement
  • Initiation and coordination of innovative support services to facilitate students learning and development.

Under management of student records, the Directorate is charged with;

  • Assisting the Deputy Vice Chancellor in overseeing the coordination, administration and organisation of all academic matters in the schools including admission, undergraduate studies, postgraduate studies and examinations
  • Preparation of teaching and examination time table
  • Collection, processing and storage of student records
  • Serving as the Secretary of the University Senate

Teaching and Learning

UTAMU offers experiential and outstanding teaching and learning for a 21st Century student. This is achieved through an enriched learning experience that blends e-learning with face to face lectures, e-discussions and 4 months of community engagement (field work attachment) for each academic year. Our teaching approach is student centered whereby students are active participants in learning and co-constructors of knowledge as opposed to passive recipients. Lecturers act as mentors and advisors to encourage students’ participation in active learning. Interactions between Lecturers and students facilitate the learning process through discovery, inquiry, and problem solving. The objective of our learner centered teaching and learning approach is to nurture students’ intrinsic motivation to learn and development of students’ abilities to acquire problem solving techniques. The overall goal is to deliver an effective learning process and outcome rather than just high scores.

In addition to the learner centered teaching and learning approach, our e-learning and e-library systems are available 24/7 to facilitate continuous learning beyond the classroom. Beyond classroom hours, students continue to engage in learning online through personal revision, asking questions to Lecturers and discussions with classmates under the moderation of the Lecturer. More so, computer laboratories are open 24/7 to make it flexible for students to carry out practicals

UTAMU has a unique field work attachment programme called community engagement for all its students that involves practical job placement for students for 4 months each academic year. By the end of a 3 year programme, a student at UTAMU has 12 months of work/field practice with various organisations which is equivalent to one year’s work experience..

The objectives of this approach are three fold;

  • To facilitate further development of students’ practical skills through application of the knowledge and skills acquired in class to real life problems and development of real life solutions
  • To facilitate acquisition of key employability skills such as communication, problem solving, self-drive, time management, etc.
  • To provide an interactive environment for academic staff, students and potential employers to get feedback about the curriculum for continuous improvement and to connect students to prospective employers.

During field work, students are supervised by a University supervisor on at least three occasions. The goal of this approach to field work attachment is to produce competitive graduates not only in Uganda but in the entire region.

Student Support Services

On realizing that for effective progressive learning to happen, students need support outside the conventional teaching and learning activities, the Directorate of Academic Affairs initiated innovative ways of providing vital support services to students. To-date, the Office of the DAA provides mentorship and career guidance services to students.

Student Mentorship Programme

Under mentorship, each student is attached to a mentor selected by secret ballot from the pool of mentors to support and guide the student in his/her learning and general life throughout their stay at the university. However, in case a student fails to get along with the mentor or vice versa, the office of the DAA in collaboration with the Dean of the respective school investigates the matter and where necessary, the student is given another mentor. To-date all our students have mentors and the mentors are actively supporting students on key aspects of students’ development such as goal setting, methods of improving grades, development of key soft skills such communication, etc.

A UTAMU mentor is an established academic at UTAMU but in addition for one to qualify to be assigned students to mentor, he/she must possess the following personal specifications;

  • understand UTAMU vision, mission, values and culture;
  • understand the aims of the student employment programs in the Ugandan Labour Market;
  • is available and willing to spend time with the student, giving appropriate guidance and feedback;
  • enjoys helping others;
  • is open-minded;
  • is flexible, empathetic, and encouraging;
  • has very good communications skills; and
  • is able to stimulate students’ thinking and reflection.

Career Guidance Programme

Under career guidance, students are supported to recognize and use their resources effectively to make right decisions in relation to their career, as well as to successfully resolve problems they may face along their career path. This is based on the realization that while the university’s primary responsibility is preparing students for their entry into the labour market, students who experience uncertainty during the course of their studies regarding their choice of career rneed guidance and counseling. The purpose of this support service is to facilitate;

  • Providing support to different student needs
  • Intensive cooperation with the world of work/industry
  • voidance/reduction of the number of students giving up their studies/taking too long to complete their studies
  • Reduction of unemployment rates

Under this support function, four main services are provided to students:

  • Topical career information via the student’s mailing list and the UTAMU weekly newsletter
  • Career counseling via physical meetings, e-mail and telephone.
  • Career guidance seminars that are currently given twice a semester.
  • Liaison with the world of work through four months of community engagement (field attachment) every academic year.

In the last one year of operation, two career guidance seminars have been held namely; success for a 21st century student and goal setting.

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