The UTAMU students body elected their new Guild President Ms. Mary Anne Asio following a competitive election campaign. She defeated her rival Mr. Lukaaga Fred Muwanguzi, with a margin of 13 votes. Mirroring the results by the Electoral Commission, students voted in favor of Mary Asio, with 103 total votes. Mr. Lukaaga Fred gathered a total of 90 Votes. The elections were held online on 5th November 2022.
As a democratic and student-led institution it is extremely for important for UTAMU that the student body choose who leads them. Prof. Tukamushaba, Vice Chancellor UTAMU, said: "The elections for the Students Guild representatives are an excellent opportunity for us to ensure that our students’ voices are heard so we can provide the best possible student experience to them.
Prof. Baryamureba, Chairperson UTAMU Board of Directors on his Twitter handle congratulated Ms. Mary Anne Asio. In his tweet he said that, “Students are key stakeholders at UTAMU whose views should be taken seriously by all University organs. So UTAMU community looks forward to your great leadership”.
Speaking to the newly elected guild president, Ms. Asio said: "I'm pleased with the opportunity to represent the student body, so we can all work together to make a difference and create an excellent learning environment for all taking into consideration the best interest of the learners at the mighty UTAMU.”
The guild represents all students at UTAMU and it helps to build connections between students and the University Management. It acts as a voice for the students on matters affecting them internally. According to Douglas MacArthur, “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”
WE ARE THE MIT OF AFRICA
According to the AD Scientific Index 2022 of scientists and university performance published in the New Vision on the 15th July 2022, UTAMU is ranking the 16th out of the 35 universities in Uganda. This is a tremendous milestones in the continuous efforts and commitment of UTAMU to offer quality education services in technology and management science to the public. It is more than just the ranking because being recognized among universities that have existed for over 30 years, 50 years and 100 years indicates the UTAMU's progress, achievements and impact to the nation and world over in the education service sector. UTAMU has served in the education sector for 9 years with students from Uganda, the East African Community, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Congo, Ethiopia, Canada and more around the globe.
UTAMU is committed to have a strong team of dedicated lecturers and/or supervisors that are highly skilled and knowledgeable among whom on the list of Uganda’s top 500 scientists by the AD Scientific Index are; Mary Komunte, Andresile Peter, Faisal Mohammad Adam, Muwanguzi Bernard and Willy Ngaka.
The Alper-Doger Scientific Index, often referred to as the AD Scientific Index is a system that provides the evaluation of journals and universities by country, continent and the world. It is a ranking and analysis system based on the scientific performance and the added value of the scientific productivity of individual scientists.
"SERVICE WITH AN OPEN MIND"
The Guild President H. E. Patrick Kayizzi represented UTAMU students at the Annual Youth Conference held on the 1st July, 2022 at the Makerere University Business School (MUBS) Annex. The conference was host by H. E. Rogers Kiyega the Guild President of MUBS and supported by Stanbic Bank Uganda as they launched the “flexpay” to the youth.
Flexpay was being introduced to the youth leaders as a system for making payments and acquiring school loans to enable students with challenges to be able to complete their studies. All university student leaders including Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU) were invited to participated in the 2-day youth conference.
H.E. Patrick Kayizzi was among the guest speakers. In his speech he spoke about a unified league for all universities and institutions of higher education in the Nakawa Division, “The Nakawa League.” The Nakawa League is to constitute institutions including; Uganda Institute of Information and Communication Technology (UICT), Management Training and Advisory Centre (MTAC), Nakawa Vocational Institute, MUBS and UTAMU among others.
The purpose of the Nakawa League is to have all division institutions under one umbrella for collective knowledge sharing, enhanced and strengthened social life which will incorporate social activities such as sports and networking in a world of connectivity. These are efforts that will benefit the student body and also strengthen the collaborations amongst the universities in administration and academia.
“FOR AN OPEN MIND”