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UTAMU ALUMNI: Ms. PATRICIA KADAMA APPOINTED AS THE REGIONAL LEAD FOR THE EAST AFRICA AT WAVE TRANSFER LIMITED

UTAMU ALUMNI: Ms. PATRICIA KADAMA APPOINTED AS THE REGIONAL LEAD FOR THE EAST AFRICA AT WAVE TRANSFER LIMITED

 

UTAMU celebrates with Patricia Kadama Anguzu, an alumni who was recently appointed to the position of Regional People Lead at the Wave Transfer Limited with effect from April 26, 2022. Ms. Kadama, an alumni of Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU), studied, highly excelled and was awarded a degree in Executive Master’s in Business Administration (Human Resource Management). Her commitment to succeed in her studies has been reflected in her successes as she prepared herself to significantly make a mark in the world today. This has been realized through her appointment at Wave Transfer Limited. UTAMU is proud to have contributed towards her career path. More great heights for Patricia Kadama!  

"FOR AN OPEN MIND"

UGANDA TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY WELCOMES STUDENTS OF THE MAY 2022 INTAKE

UGANDA TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY WELCOMES STUDENTS OF THE MAY 2022 INTAKE


On the 10th of May 2022 the management and staff of Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) welcomed the students of the May 2022 intake to UTAMU. The students will be studying in the respective categories of Masters, Post Graduate Diplomas, Bachelors and Diplomas in the different disciplines of business studies, humanities and social sciences, computing and engineering and technical & vocational education.
The university was filled with an atmosphere of excitement as the staff welcomed the students to join the UTAMU fraternity. Likewise the students were excited and content to know that they are in the right university. At UTAMU we promise what we preach and so does it come to pass through out the study experience of the students. 
The long distance students from all over the world including Canada, Rwanda, Nigeria, South Sudan and South Africa among other countries were exceptionally excited to learn that they will comfortably study online with the flexibilities of time, student-lecturer open channels of communication and above all the guarantee of a highly professional and considerate team with a student-centered approach.
It was a great experience as the students heard from all the Deans of Schools with a promise to direct their career paths to meet the needs of the contemporary job market through knowledge enhancement, skills improvement, and research-oriented development to drive critical and innovative thinking that will greatly impact on the world today.
The Deans of Schools presented with great excitement and energizing spirits as they aired expectations from their respective schools among whom included; Associate Professor Michael Okoche, Dr. JYB. Lubega, Mr. Allan Ninyesiga and Mr. Mersian Tulyahebwa. The event was climaxed with the concluding remarks from the Vice Chancellor Professor Eddy Kurobuza Tukamushaba who emphasized on; quality education, professionalism, creativity, integrity, transparency, empowerment, community engagement and above all trust and an open mind.


"FOR AN OPEN MIND"

 

UTAMU GUILD PRESIDENT H. E. KAYIZZI PATRICK PARTICIPATES IN THE UGANDA NATIONAL STUDENTS ASSOCIATION INTER-GUILD MEETING ON 30TH APRIL 2022

UTAMU GUILD PRESIDENT H. E. KAYIZZI PATRICK PARTICIPATES IN THE UGANDA NATIONAL STUDENTS ASSOCIATION INTER-GUILD MEETING ON 30TH APRIL 2022

 

Leadership is accepting responsibility for the majority through joint efforts with leaders of like mind. On the 30th April 2022, Gulu University hosted Guild Presidents from various universities including Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU), Makerere University Business School, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda Christian University, Nkumba University, TEAMS University, The International University of East Africa and the Uganda National Students Association (UNSA) to deliberate on critical development issues affecting the education sector.

The Guild Presidents’ meeting was driven by the need to partner with respective government institutions in addressing students’ challenges across the education sector including; Government of Uganda’s proposal to scrap off the Universal Primary Education and Universal Secondary Education which decisions will affect the performance of the higher education institutions. It is interesting to note that today unlike in the earlier years of the 1980s and 1990s, universities are more focused on raising guild leaders who are aware of the education challenges, are taking challenges voluntarily, assuming collective responsibility, forming constructive partnerships, believing in the dignity of human beings and the necessity for education for all. These are basic principles in today’s 21st century in which critical thinking and innovation are being advanced in; learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together and learning to transform oneself and the communities.

The meeting was a clear exhibit of education that is leading to empowerment. Today, education is enabling future leaders to acquire the capacity to make decisions and act effectively in accordance with those decisions, developing personal and social qualities; developing social conscience which is being aware of how society works and the knowledge of how it is structured. Thus opening dialogues between personal and collective and between rights and obligations.

Let us encourage all future leaders especially in this generation to be independent thinkers with an open mind in being part of the problem-solvers today and in the future!

At UTAMU, we stand "FOR AN OPEN MIND" and our leaders are encouraged to lead with confidence leaning on the fundamental principles of Integrity, empowerment, honesty, transparency and dignity!

THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES IN THE 21ST CENTURY

THE HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES IN THE 21ST CENTURY

 

The scholars of Humanities and Social Sciences do the kind of work that machines cannot do. Engineers, Technologists, Computer scientists also cannot do the kind of work that students of Humanities and Social Sciences are trained to do. Humanities and Social Sciences in broadness learn a lot about Philosophy, Literature, History, Human Condition and Criminology, Gerontology, Law, Political Science, Psychology, Human Development among others respectively. These interrelated fields require a lot of interaction with people; to understand how humans work and their interactions. The knowledge learned is also applied in other different fields and scopes. Some of these fields are in technologies, innovative spaces and other numerous scientific related fields.

Technology requires the use of machines however on their own machines are purposeless because they require people to operate them whether physically or digitally. Furthermore, people do not work independently but need to co-exist and work together to produce the great innovations that we watch and/or be part of today. For machines to work sustainably in advancing technology requires a special and skilled people who have to be trained with the ability to figure out the way of thinking and the mind-set of people and this requires knowledge of human nature. Humanities and Social Sciences is as equally important as advancing the growing needs of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in the 21st Century. The study is evolving with the changing global needs today.

The opportunities in this field are very dynamic requiring communication skills, the ability to think and question, to analyze, research and evaluate, to negotiate, debate with a high intellect to stay calm under pressure. The Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences all over the globe have nurtured great leaders and the most admirable in these times is the former USA President Barack Hussein Obama who studied Bachelor of Arts in Political Science majoring in International Relations and English Literature and his wife Michelle Obama who majored in Sociology and minored in African-American Studies graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1985. Other practitioners to mention a few are serving in the fields of legal practice & Litigation paralegal and criminal Investigation. Please note that Criminal Investigators work closely with experts in Computer Security and Forensics and other related science fields to curb crime and other findings in this era of intense research. This brings to light the fact that there must exist a marriage between disciplines to realize a holistic transformation today and in the future. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences continues to nurture psychologists, sociologists, managers of government affairs and others with emphasis on research activities and new approaches to the study. For instance mass communication and its refined processes have become the driver of fast and informed decision making on an individual, institutional, national, regional, continental and global levels. The messages of Mass Communication are without a doubt driving critical decisions and the discipline has become so central that world leaders’ decisions are backboned on this among other equally important aspects. World institutions are led by leaders who are skilled, knowledgeable and highly qualified to address the issues of humanity among which institutions are; the United Nations, the United Nations Children’s Fund, World Food Programme, World Health Organization, the African Union and many other public and private institutions and/or organizations.

At UTAMU, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences continues to nurture such great leaders in various capacities because of the rich and holistic academic experiences that deepen students’ knowledge about contemporary issues. Some of the programmes offered include; Monitoring and Evaluation, Public Administration and Management, Institutional Governance and Leadership, Mass Communication and Journalism, Project Planning and Management and so much more.

To offer the promise of ushering great leaders who will transform the ever changing world dynamics, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences is under the able leadership of the Dean, Associate Professor Michael Okoche. The Associate Professor is committed to training and mentoring students that will be part of the world transformation processes of the 21st Century where every institution and nation is advocating for all-inclusiveness to wholly embrace the digital space.

Associate Professor Michael Okoche holds a Ph.D in Business Leadership, Masters in International Management, Masters in Management Studies, a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and Management. He is highly knowledgeable in the Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a researcher and consultant with experience in different organizations and countries. For more about Associate Professor Michael Okoche and the school of Humanities and Social Sciences https://www.utamu.ac.ug/academics/shss

It will be a pleasure to see more global citizens apply to this school at UTAMU because scientists in the various other fields need the contribution of humanities and social sciences much more today than before as Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum stated “We must develop a comprehensive and globally shared view of how technology is affecting our lives and reshaping our economic, social, cultural and environments. There has never been a time of greater promise, greater peril.”

“FOR AN OPEN MIND”

ACCELERATING RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IN PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SCIENCES AT UGANDA TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY (UTAMU)

ACCELERATING RESEARCH AND INNOVATION IN PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SCIENCES AT UGANDA TECHNOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT UNIVERSITY (UTAMU)

 

UTAMU being a specialist university in technology and management sciences recognizes that research is key to progress and with every advancement invites new ideas, interests and the need to embrace diversity. Diversity is a way of life today and to diversify is to tap into new opportunities especially if those opportunities are for the greater good. There is no greater good than to secure the health of the patients and the populations.

The advancement of technology and a guarantee of public health are central to human existence today. The two aspects are of equal significance because to progress in technology requires humanity and likewise the safety and longevity of humanity today requires technological improvement and advancements. To achieve a balance of both, research is essential and that’s why at UTAMU, the Institute of Public Health and Health Sciences (IPHHS) has been established. The IPHHS is a purely research driven institute purposed to stimulate, inspire and educate students, practitioners and professionals in the health sector to provide services with improvement to medicines and health to the patients and populations.

The IPHHS will focus its research on; improving the quality of life through detecting and preventing disease, increasing longevity of life, promoting good health, identifying the causes of dangers to public health of the population, promoting health behavior, tracking cases and health. However to achieve significant milestones, collaborative efforts among professional health and research practitioners is essential. Partnerships for the goal is key to realizing success especially nationally and regionally as UTAMU collaborates towards sustainable development in the health sector. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 states “Partnerships for the Goal” to be able to reinforce SDG 3 among which includes “to support research, development and universal access to affordable vaccines and medicines. Good health is essential to sustainable development and the Agenda 2030 to which UTAMU is committed to contribute to and thus having the Institute of Public Health and Health Sciences at the university with a current call inviting suitable professionals to apply for various positons as detailed in https://bit.ly/3N2knJH

Prof. Dr. Alexzander A. A. Asea is the Director of the Institute of Public Health and Health Sciences. He holds a Ph.D in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden where his studies have helped form the basis clinical trials of combined immunotherapy with histamine and interleukin-2 in metastatic melanoma and high-risk acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). He is a highly qualified and practicing professional with intensive research skills as profiled https://utamu.ac.ug/staff/aasea

The Professor is committed to intensifying research activities at UTAMU that will improve on the performance of the health sector in Uganda and commits to UTAMU becoming a Research – Intensive University by 2027. 

“FOR AN OPEN MIND” in service!

THE "GROWTH MINDSET" FIRMLY ROOTED AT UTAMU

THE "GROWTH MINDSET" FIRMLY ROOTED AT UTAMU

 

Mindset change is the core to driving development agendas in the developing economies especially in today’s 21st century. In the Daily Monitor dated Monday, March 14, 2022, page 12 under the “PDM: Prioritize Mindset Change” the writer Richard Ssewakiryanga states that “People with a growth mindset will appreciate that their basic qualities can be improved and cultivated through their own efforts, strategic interventions and actions, and the help of others. The writer further states that “when people believe they can develop themselves, they will develop a passion for learning and will not be pre-occupied with hiding their weaknesses but recognize that these weaknesses are there to be overcome. Interestingly the writer also speaks of fixed mindsets where people or institutions believe that their qualities are curved in stone creating an urgency to prove oneself over and over. This was an interesting read especially looking at were Uganda is at in today’s Fourth Industrial Revolution? Where we must be? And what it will take to get to where we need to be?

Most developing countries in this 21st century continue to embrace an education system that continuously leaves its citizens in the methods, strategies and solutions of the 1990s without creative minds, lost in the job market and desperate to survive. However the rest of the world is not waiting for the developing economies who continue to remain stuck in fixed mindsets. The rest of the world is fast growing and moving forward into the future of speedy changing digital technological growth and expansion of the Fourth Industrial Revolution with; advancements in the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, big data, robotics, 3D printing which among others have become the core global activities and drivers of growth, transformation and inclusivity.

If the developing economies fully embrace; individually, collectively and institutionally the growth mindset and deliberately act upon a robust training and skilling initiative in education, they have the highest potential to be creators and innovators of the unthinkable tech innovations the world has never thought of. Innovations with improved safety, productivity and sustainability management systems that must be rooted firm in all spheres of the economies. For instance Africa is a rich continent so tapping into these riches with creative and innovative minds will without a doubt drive life impacting innovations and solutions to world problems that will transform lives across continents.

Uganda continues to meet its fulfillment of the 2030 Global Sustainable Development Goals and in the country’s initiatives is one key factor that has the power to drive all the other factors which is the SDG 4 of Quality Education and under section 4B states; “Substantially expand globally the numbers of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developing countries, small islands developing states and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, inclusive vocational training and information and communication technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries to be fulfilled by 2020.” One needs to ask if in 2022…. our mindsets have change from fixed to growth mindsets to realize an all-inclusive Uganda through education among others including; ICT and scientific programmes that meet the current direction of the 4th Industrial revolution?

In Uganda’s education system are institutions that are already transforming the nation towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution with learners…. Learning tech, applying tech, sustaining tech and rooting it firm in respective public and private institutions. At UTAMU, technology and the advancement of the digital space took root right from inception in 2012 with study programmes backboned on technology and management science where learners continue to acquire knowledge and skills needed to; promote and improve the digital space and engage as solution providers to digital challenges. Student opportunities are high because of the wealth of knowledge and community engagement opportunities that continue to define and refine their growth mindsets to appreciate and embrace the reality that the world is tech driven and they as students must be knowledgeable and skilled for the abundance of opportunities that the digital space is offering.  

The School of Computing and Engineering at UTAMU is the core of innovation activities  where learners have been taught, trained and mentored to be great creative thinkers and innovators in programmes offered at various levels of Masters, Postgraduate Diplomas, Bachelors and Diplomas in; Information Systems and Technology, Computer Security and Forensics, Software Engineering, Computer Science, Mobile Computing and Communications  among other life transforming programmes found on www.utamu.ac.ug . Further UTAMU has ushered into the world knowledge and skill. To experience a tip of the ice burg is Ochen Solomon Eluid’s innovation to save lives which is being watched on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVaF7z_-jTU in which he speaks of “A Criminal Security System Program” from the UTAMU Innovation Hub.

The School is endowed with knowledgeable, skilled and experienced lecturers headed by Prof. Fred Paul Mark Jjunju, a professor of computer science and a fellow of the UK higher Academy, an active member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the IEEE and IET with more than 10 years’ experience in software engineering, AI-IOT and chemical sensor design and for more https://utamu.ac.ug/staff/pmjjunju  waiting for you at UTAMU.

I invite the public to explore the opportunities at UTAMU, a university that long embraced the growth mindset and is driving learners to be contributors of the digitalization space rather than waiting to be digitalized and left behind.

Let us encourage a growth mindset to be part of and to embrace developments of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and staying abreast with the developed economies….. It’s never too late to catch up!

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