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Knowledge is Power Against Covid-19

The year 2020 was registered as one of the most health challenging years in the history of Uganda and world over with the development of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID 19) pandemic. Globally, COVID 19 has reminded historians of the deadliest pandemic in the history of mankind- the 1918 Spanish flu which affected an estimated 500 million people and killed 20-50 million people worldwide. 

Despite many tiring months physically, emotionally and financially, COVID 19 continues to present similar global threats to human life just like the Spanish flu in 1918. Unfortunately, even in this new year most Ugandans are yet to come to terms with the severity of this pandemic as it continues to render majority bedridden, and in some cases ending lives.  

The severity is in the harsh reality that no part of the world has gone unaffected. It is a cross-border and cross-continent viral disease, simply meaning there is no limit to its spread. An air borne virus that spreads through air onto surfaces by acts of coughing and sneezing. These contaminated surfaces are touched by human hands who infect themselves through touching the soft parts of their bodies. These soft parts are the eyes, nostrils and mouth which are the main entry points for the virus to cause sickness.

Realistically, COVID 19 is the easiest disease to prevent because it is a viral disease whose prevention mechanism is known and can be avoided if each of us deliberately makes a choice to cautiously do what we are supposed to do to keep ourselves safe. As mentioned in the last months by the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health in Uganda, there are four pillars of health which are very important in the fight against COVID 19 and to be reminded these are;

The physical act of not touching your face without washing your hands with soap or the use of hand sanitizer, putting on a face mask that covers both the nose and the mouth to reduce the chances of the virus infiltrating in your body, a face shield is an added advantage to the mask and social distancing of at least 2 meters between persons.

Most importantly yet least mentioned is adequate nutrition. If your immune system is boosted with at least 60 required nutritional essentials on daily basis, it has a very high chance of fighting the virus if you are infected. Some of these nutritional essentials include but not limited to; 29 different types of minerals, 16 different types of vitamins, 12 different types of essential amino acids, 3 different types of essential fatty acids, consuming adequate oral fluids among which is water because the virus also causes dehydration.  Simply adequate nutrition is having a good and balanced diet of carbohydrates, proteins, fat, fibre, vitamins, minerals and water. 

 

Another pillar is adequate body exercise. With COVID 19, there are specific exercises that need to be done to improve proper respiratory system to function well. The lungs need to have the ability to perform fully to enable proper breathing. The exercise does not allow the mucous to accumulate thereby inhibiting it from sticking the lower part of the lungs to the diaphragm muscle. This normally results to a COVID-19 victim feeling suffocated while breathing. As a result, the victim will require external improvement by introduction of artificial breathing. This explains why COVID-19 patients end up in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) which facilities are limited in the country. In this case it is better to have frequent exercises of the lungs such breathing complications.  

Adequate rest is essential.  The normal human being just like any machine requires to be serviced as frequently as possible for the body to function well. In this case, people need to take leave off from work. If you work for 8 hours, you need rest for 8 hours in order to allow the body to relax for better performance. Once in a while, take your family out in a quiet place in order to relax the body so that you can improve performance of your brain. This means having time off and making the brain relax. It is quite unfortunate that human beings care so much about their machines such as cars that are often serviced after a certain mileage but fail to do the same to their own bodies. Therefore, just like the way you want the engine of your car serviced and rested as frequently as possible, you need to do the same to the engine of the body which is the brain unless if you want to have an engine knock. In this case the management of COVID-19 is basically about having adequate rest amongst other pillars.

The science of steaming has been proven to be very effective in controlling and preventing very many diseases. This practice of steaming is borrowed from the Traditional Chinese Medicine concept (TCM) that has been existing for over 5000 years. The concept believes that the body should be detoxified, nourished and protected (yin and yan) for one to be healthy. This practice explains why the Chinese and Japanese live longer than other human beings in other continents. Unfortunately, very many human beings do not practice steaming as it is associated to the ancient times. In as far as COVID-19 19 is concerned studies have revealed that the virus can actually stay longer around the nasal sinuses dormant before it formulates colonies and become active in order to begin destroying the respiratory system. In this case, steaming is highly recommended among other practices such as taking warm oral fluids with the nutritional essentials to destroy the virus. When done rightly, COVID-19 patients will rapidly improve as steaming is known not only for relaxing the body muscles but also to improve on the respiratory system.

Prevention is not only about the Standard Operation Procedures that are commonly publicized but includes all the pillars mentioned above.  The responsibility lies on every global citizen to adhere to the 4 pillars to prevent the further loss of lives. The fight against COVID 19 is knowledge and implementation based. Let 2021 be a year we commit to keep healthy and fit to fight COVID 19.

Your Guide To The Graduation Process – 18th December 2020

NOTE: YOU CAN COME AND ATTEND THE GRADUATION – THERE IS ENOUGH SPACE TO OBSERVE COVID-19 SOPs

A graduation ceremony is a formal event where your academic achievements are recognised and honoured and you're presented with your formal testamur (certificate).

His Excellency Hon. Dr. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, the Chancellor of UTAMU and former Vice President of the Republic of Kenya, shall preside at the 6th Graduation Ceremony.

This page outlines the key elements that make up the whole graduation process.

Date:

Friday, 18th December 2019 at 09:00am.

Venue (Where?)

Uganda Industrial Research Institute Manufacturing, Industrial Skilling and Production Centre in Namanve

Graduation Fees (INCLUDES UTAMU BRANDED GRADUATION GOWN)

Uganda Shillings 280,000 paid to the UTAMU Bank Account.

Your graduation invitation

The first thing you need to do is respond to your invitation, even if you've already made your mind up about not attending the ceremony.

Visit the UTAMU webpage for details about your options – including what happens if you defer or decline.

If you register to attend your graduation ceremony, you must follow the points below.

Order your academic regalia

Come to UTAMU Campus to order your gown (Small, Medium or Large).

It's compulsory for all graduates to wear academic regalia applicable (hat and gown with coloured sash) to the degree they're being awarded at the ceremony. No regalia means no ceremony, sorry. A branded UTAMU graduation Gown will be provided and you can collect it from our campus in Bugolobi a few days before the Graduation.

  • All gowns look the same
    • Bluish Hood
    • Reddish Mortal Board = Black cap and Reddish embroidery
    • Reddish Hood
    • Bluish Mortal Board = Black cap and Bluish embroidery

As a graduate, you get one ticket for yourself and two free tickets for guests.

This webpage has information about how to collect tickets.

Photography is a big part of every graduation, with a professional photographer in attendance before, during and after the ceremony. Due to COVID-19 SOP, you will not be allowed to come with your photographer.

You should be able to get photographers at the graduation venue.

At the ceremony

To make your graduation day go as smoothly as possible, you'll need to do a little forward planning.

  • You will sit according to your degree/ diploma/ certificate group.
  • Certificates and academic transcripts will be ready for you to collect on the graduation day.

CLEARING WITH FINANCE

Make sure that you clear your fees to zero balance. No student will be allowed to graduate with any outstanding fees balance.

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

General

  • 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,
VICE-CHANCELLOR

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

SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2020 INTAKE OFFICIALLY COMMENCES

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.

Online Resourses

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