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Guidelines for Re-Opening For Finalists Effective 15th October 2020


  • Open Distance and eLearning (ODeL): UTAMU has had one of the best ODeL system long before the Covid-19 lockdown and did not close online learning.
  • Personal Laptops; Smart Phones; Tablets; Etc: Students are advised to acquire personal laptops, smart phones, Tablets etc, in order to access study materials and will be expected to comply with the online Teaching Time Tables.
  • Financial clearance: Check the Finance Department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and settle your fees balance, as final examinations are due early December
  • For Further Clarification About Finalists: Contact the Academic Registrar on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for any clarification if needed.

Finalist Students

In the address to the nation on Sunday, the 20th September 2020, the President recommended opening contact classes on the 15th October 2020 for all finalist students in universities.

At UTAMU, finalists will continue to study online as has been the case before the recommendation to open contact classes.

However, a finalist student could come to the UTAMU campus if s/he is in need of contact consultations. You are advised to call your lecturer for such contact sessions before you come to the UTAMU campus.

The finalist students being referred to above, in the case of UTAMU, include:

  • All diploma and degree students who are currently in their final year of their studies;
  • All the Foundation students who need to complete studies in one year;
  • All students who are left with only the retakes. Students in this category should contact Finance Department to calculate their tuition fees on pro rata basis;
  • All the students who completed their studies and were left only with writing their final exams, and;
  • All students who are left with defending their dissertations.

Adherence to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at the UTAMU campus

  • Training: You must attend the initial and other mandatory COVID-19 training on the Infection, Prevention and Control SOPs on their first days of reporting. These trainings will be offered by the UTAMU COVID-19 Task Force Committee.
  • Compliance: You are required to fully comply with all SOPs as stipulated by the Ministry of Health, NCHE and the UTAMU Covid-19 Task Force.
  • For Further Clarification About SOPs: SOPs are managed by a UTAMU COVID-19 Task Force Committee headed by Dr. Tukei. Please consult Dr. Tukei in case of further clarity about SOPs.
  • Avoid Congestion in Public Transport: You are advised to walk or use bicycles where possible.
  • You Must be Identifiable: Everyone should move with his/ her identity cards at all times.
  • Restricted Movement at UTAMU: Students’ movements will be restricted during their time at UTAMU to prevent exposure to COVID-19 infections. Entry for other persons is restricted.
  • No Gatherings: You should adhere to the President's directive on congregational gatherings for fellowship, chapel or mosque prayers.
  • Where to Find SOP Guidelines: The SOP guidelines are available on the University Website, and at the Faculty, School or College as the case may be.
  • Wear a Facemask: You must wear a face mask.
  • You Must be Screened: You must be ready and willing to go through designated points of screening.
  • Sanitize Your Hands Frequently: You must observe hygiene practices such as handwashing regularly. Prior to screening, you will be required to wash hands and/ or use an alcohol-based sanitizer. Use the hand washing unit, with soap or water already mixed with liquid soap found at buildings and enclosures before entering. You are encouraged to have a personal alcohol rub or alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Over 37.6o C Not Allowed Into UTAMU: Anyone with temperature of 37.6o C and above will be required to stay at the screening point for two more assessments. Such an individual will not be allowed to proceed into UTAMU premises until s/he is cleared by the screening team.
  • No Body Touch: There is no hand shaking or hugging until the Ministry of Health guides otherwise. Exercise physical distancing where possible in the practicum sites.
  • No One Coughing Is Allowed to Enter UTAMU: Anyone coughing having a cold should stay at home/ hostel it resolves and should make an effort to inform the UTAMU management or the UTAMU Covid-19 Task Force.
  • Be an Example: You are expected to be exemplary to other non UTAMU members of society in preventing COVID-19 infection.

Continuing non-finalist students

All continuing non-finalist students will continue with their studies online as usual.

Professor JWF Muwanga-Zake,

NCHE approves UTAMU to conduct Online Teaching and Learning

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has approved Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU) to conduct Open, Distance and E-learning (ODeL) following an inspection visit made by the NCHE team at the university during the lockdown. NCHE thoroughly assessed the university’s preparedness for online teaching and learning and in the letter dated 13th October 2020, NCHE granted UTAMU permission to roll-out emergency ODeL for all its programmes

For more information download the document

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The September – December 2020 Intake officially commenced on 10th September. Online registration for all students is ongoing. To register, go to link: https://utamu.ac.ug/admissions/student-registration

Please note that teaching and learning will continue using the modular mode if teaching.

Online lectures for the first modular phase will start on Friday, 18th September, 2020 (Graduate students) and on Monday, 21st September, 2020 (Undergraduate students). All learning materials will be available on the eLearning platform starting next week.

Fees Payment Details:

To all new students, payment details are clearly stated in the admission letter.

In case you have not received one, please pay your application fee of 50,000, send confirmation ID to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Application fee can be paid via school pay using the following code;

Name: UTAMU Admissions

Code: 1002749778 

Use either AIRTEL OR MTN Mobile money as follows dial *185*4*3*2*1# then enter pay code on MTN. Dial *185*6*2*1# then enter code on AIRTEL.

Please send a confirmation message WITH A TRANSACTIONAL ID to Finance- Assumpta (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and copy AR (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

On receipt of your admission letter, proceed to pay your functional fees / and the part or full tuition as the case may be following the guidelines in the admission letter.

You will be registered and activated on E-learning. You can pay all the required fees using school pay as outlined above.


For further questions about e-learning, registration and payment of fees, you contact the following persons:

Academic Registrar: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Director of Finance: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

E-Learning officer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ICT Services: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UTAMU Successfully Holds 6th Annual International Conference on Technology and Management (ICTM20)

Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) successfully held its 6th International Conference on Technology and Management (ICTM-20) in joint partnership with Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI).

The conference provided a distinctive environment where authors, practitioners, researchers, professionals and academicians engaged in discussions on the future developments in terms of service provision.

Held from 7th to 9th September, 2020, at UIRI Skills Development Centre in Namanve, Industrial area, the conference was organized under the theme, “Towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Advancement and Solutions: Trends, Issues, Best Practices, Benefits and Challenges for Management and Governance in Africa”.

Speaking at the conference, Prof. Sadiq Yusuf, the Vice Chancellor UTAMU called on the public to embrace “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” and use it to build solutions that address real business needs which is more important than ever.

“The Fourth Industrial Revolution is already here with us. The technologies, that ushered it in, such as artificial intelligence, genome editing, augmented reality, robotics, and 3-D printing, are rapidly changing the way humans create, exchange and distribute value,” he said.

“It is time for business leaders, institutions and organizations (Governmental and non-governmental) across the globe to weigh-in on the progress and participate in finding solutions to the emerging issues slowing down the digital progress in Africa,” Prof. Sadiq emphasized.

Speaking the launch, The Deputy Executive director Dr. Dick M Kamugasha who represented Executive Director appreciated the relationship between UIRI and UTAMU saying, “It is rooted in common interests, notably commitment to promoting technological advancement and innovation in Uganda.”

He noted that the theme of this Conference is informed by the fact the world is rapidly moving towards fully embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) which is fundamentally altering the way we live, work and relate to one another. Key elements of the 4IR that will soon be indispensable to all of us include, Artificial Intelligence (AI); Virtual and Augmented Reality; Digitization; Automation and Robotics; Cloud Computing, Big Data, Advanced and Predictive Analytics; the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and many other emerging technological frontiers.

Dr. Kamugasha advised that it is these elements that will increasingly form the foundation for accelerated socioeconomic transformation in Africa in the future and therefore, the Conference could not be more timely.

In attendance was also the Mr. Patrick Mugisha, the Assistant Commissioner Department of Innovation and Property Management at Ministry of Science Technology and Innovation  who advised Ugandan researchers &innovators to properly register their ideas, research products and services for patent rights to protect their rights from potential perpetuators.

He mentioned that Uganda is still ranking poorly on the global innovation index and Intellectual Property (IP) management mainly because they lack awareness about the subject.

“You could take 15 years trying to innovate a product and once it is done, another person will copy the same product, alter a few things and register it as their own product or idea. That is why, researchers, innovators and producers have to take IP management seriously because it determines how much you will gain from your product financially,” he said.

Prod. Sadiq added on saying protection of researchers and innovators is sometimes hard because they lack funding for their ideas and are often on the mercy of funders.

The conference which was held both physically and virtually was attended by several participants including government officials, academic, researchers, students and civil society online.

UTAMU Students Win the Uganda National Cybersecurity CTF Competitions

Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) students emerged winners of the online Uganda National Cybersecurity CTF competition.

Peter Elolu, Simon Ocen, Hillary Magero and Gregory Toskins are computer security and forensics students in the UTAMU School of Computing and Engineering (SCE).

“Congratulations. I am happy to see UTAMU students already shinning in the field,” said Prof. Sadiq Yusuf, the Vice Chancellor of UTAMU. “This is proof of what UTAMU does best. We nurture scientists, technologists and innovators who transform and create solutions to our everyday society problems.”

The team of 4 emerged the first winner from Uganda and representing the country in the Arab and Africa Regional CTF competitions.

CyberTalents CTF competitions are cyber security competitions where participants demonstrate their technical ability in different cyber security fields.

According to CyberTalents, every team/individual who competes has access to a list of challenges in different categories like Reverse Engineering, Web Security, Digital Forensics, Network Security and others.

For every challenge solved, the team gets a certain amount of points depending on the difficulty of the challenge. The team with the highest score is crowned the winning team. Most of CyberTalents competitions provide cash prizes to winning teams.

Congratulations to the UTAMU Team! We are proud of you.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Higher Education Certificate (HEC) – Bridging programme

The Academic Registrar of Uganda Technology and Management University invites applications for the Higher Education Certificate (General) bridging programme for September 2020 Intake.

This is a one-year certificate programme that provides an opportunity to students who successfully completed the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) or its equivalent but did not attain sufficient grades to enroll for Diplomas or Degree programmes of their choice.

Below are the categories of students who can undertake the Higher Education Certificate – General:

  • Holders of UACE or its equivalent but who may not have attained sufficient grades to enroll for Diplomas or Degree programmes in Uganda.
  • Foreign Qualification: The HEC can also serve as a foundation programme for students whose foreign secondary school qualifications are not considered equivalent to UACE but permit admission into Higher Education in the foreign country.
  • Linkage between the Vocational Qualifications and the Higher Education Qualifications: A HEC programme is designed to enroll holders of vocational qualifications and expose them to rigorous theoretical foundations that will enable them pursue desired degree programmes.
  • Bridging between Arts/Science Divide:  This programme can be designed to enroll UACE holders with subject combination in Arts and reorient them towards Sciences for purposes of admission into science based undergraduate programmes.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Uganda Certificate of Education or its equivalent and Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education with at least two subsidiary passes obtained in principal subjects or its equivalent. For avoidance of doubt, a holder of UACE with only one principal pass shall be deemed to meet the admission requirements.
  • Vocational Qualifications at level 2 or level 3 of the Uganda Vocational Qualifications Framework.
  • Qualifications equivalent to Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) as shall be determined by the National Council in consultation with the Uganda National Examinations Board
  • An ordinary certificate from an institution recognized by NCHE.
  • Students whose foreign secondary school qualifications are not considered equivalent to UACE but permit admission into Higher Education in the foreign country. Such students shall have passed at least five subjects with at least a credit in each of the five subjects. In addition, foreign students whose studies were not conducted in English shall show proof of proficiency in the English Language.  The English proficiency centers shall be accredited by NCHE.

Duration of the program: 1 year

Tuition fees per Module (UGX): 450,000

Functional fees: UGX 250,000 paid per semester

Application fee: UGX 50,000

Other fees: NCHE Fee (Ugx20, 000), Guild Fee (UGX 25,000) all paid once a year

Mode of study: dual mode (online and local support)

Target Diploma and Degree Programmes

Upon successful completion of this certificate programme, a student can enroll for any of the following programmes at either diploma or degree level in a relevant computing or business field.

School Of Computing And Engineering Programmes

School Of Business And Management Programmes

Diploma in Computing

Bachelor of Business Computing

Bachelor of Information Science

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Bachelor of Information Systems and Technology

Bachelor of Science in Computer Security & Forensics

Bachelor of Science in Mobile Computing and Communications


Diploma in Business Administration

Diploma in Project Planning and Management

Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Mgt

Bachelor of Science in Statistics

Bachelors of Business Administration

Bachelor of Oil and Gas Management

Bachelor of Human Resource Management

Bachelor of Arts in Development Economics

Bachelor of Project Planning and Mgt

Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Finance

Bachelor of Public Administration and Mgt

Bachelor of Mass Communication and Journalism

Bachelor of Procurement and Supply Chain Mgt


Course Units under HEC

  • Foundational Mathematics;
  • Computing Skills;
  • Communication Skills; and,
  • Introduction to development studies.

HEC 101: Foundational Mathematics [4 CUs]

This course is intended to give students an understanding of aspects of Mathematics that are applicable to the real world. It provides students with the background and skills necessary for Higher Education study programmes requiring some mathematics. Depending on the background of prospective students, the level and complexity of the content may differ. The content provided herein is for students intending to offer programmes that may not require rigorous Mathematics. 

HEC 102: Communication Skills [3 CUs]

This foundational course teaches the basics of good writing and communication skills. Students learn how to write grammatically correct reports sand focus on the interactive processes of transmitting and/or exchanging messages, information and/or understanding within individuals, groups, and organizations. The course examines the factors and circumstances that influence the flow and impact of messages, information and understanding among individuals, groups and organizations. The course will also equip students with critical thinking and problem solving skills. 

HEC 103: Introduction to development studies [3 CUs]

The aim of course is to introduce the leaners to elementary issues in development studies focusing on development modules, development pathways, challenges to development. It also looks at political economy, linkages between politics, foreign aid, conflicts and development.

By the end of this course students should be able to: Develop knowledge of, and develop insights into Key issues and concerns of development policy, practice and theory, and Demonstrate ability to understand the history and application of key theoretical approaches in international development.

HEC 104: Computing Skills [3 CUs]

The aim of course is to develop the necessary skills in the use of information technology, mainly in software applications and Internet searching and browsing.  These skills are crucial in helping students to complete assignments, produce professional presentations and achieve success in the workplace. By the end of this course students should be able to explain the basic concepts of information technology and computing and use a computer.

Grading of the Higher Education Certificate

A candidate offering a Higher Education Certificate programmes is deemed to successfully completed a given course unit if s/he obtains 

  • at least 40% in Coursework and
  • at least 40% in the final examination and
  • at least 50% in the aggregated mark (both coursework and final examination).

A candidate who successfully completes a given course unit or module gets the entire credit units allocated for that unit while one who fails the assessment criteria gets no credit units. 

Table 1: Determining Grade Points

Raw Marks

Alpha Grade

Grade Point

Logic Behind the Grade




Excellent performance indicating mastery of all course-learning outcomes.




Very good performance indicating mastery of a substantial portion of course learning outcomes.




Good performance with some errors/omissions




Above average performance with a number of noticeable errors.







Satisfactory performance.







Fail. There is no evidence of mastery of the learning outcome and the candidate should repeat the course.

Table 2: Classification of Awards



Class I (Distinction)


Class II (Credit)


Class III (Pass)



For purposes of admission diploma or degree programmes, the following shall apply

  1. Diploma programmes: A person shall have passed a HEC with at least a class III (pass). 
  2. Bachelor’s degree programme: a person shall have passed a HEC with at least a class II (credit). 



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