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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.”

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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. 

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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!

THE HERO IN PROFESSOR VENANSIUS BARYAMUREEBA AS UTAMU CELEBRATES THE 9TH ANNIVERSARY IN THE HIGHER EDUCATION SERVICE

THE HERO IN PROFESSOR VENANSIUS BARYAMUREEBA AS UTAMU CELEBRATES THE 9TH ANNIVERSARY IN THE HIGHER EDUCATION SERVICE

 

Nine years of service to the nation! 9 years of visible transformation of citizens through higher education services has been UTAMU's journey. Today, we celebrate UTAMU's 9th Happy Anniversary on the 11th day of March 2022. Congratulations UTAMU!

It would be hitting oneself in the foot if I didn’t state the tireless efforts of the founder and Chairperson of the Board of Directors at UTAMU, Professor Venansius Baryamureeba who has made immeasurable contributions and sacrifices to direct, guide and above all invest and sustain the investment of UTAMU in order to impact lives across communities, nations, regions and continents. He has made a brand for himself in academia and as sure as the sun rises he is always remembered as a very intelligent and practical educationist. As we celebrate UTAMU, we celebrate Professor Venansius Baryamureeba!

He has had many hats over the years with unmatched responsibilities in various capacities( https://www.utamu.ac.ug/governance/board-of-directors/prof-venansius-baryamureeba ) of Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Chairperson on various Boards among others but above all his tremendous and unwavering contribution to the higher education sector must be recognised in equal measure; Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba has taught over millions of alumni who have found great opportunities in great public and private institutions impacting lives just as theirs were impacted by him. The name Prof. Barya as he is often called is known in the offices of all institutions....he need not introduce himself because he has lived a life of purpose and impact worthy to remember…..unforgettable he indeed is!

His passion and selfless nature in academia continues to be recognised regionally and globally as well, especially in this 21st Century as the leaders of the world continue to address issues of equal opportunities for all global citizens. Education has been noted to be one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development (Global Sustainable Goal 4). Further to UTAMU serving to contribute towards the sustainable goals today, Professor Barya continues to direct and guide the university towards being a Research-Intensive University by 2027 with specific regard to “Technological Progress” as emphasised in Goal 9, UTAMU is teaching and training students to find lasting solutions to both economic and environmental challenges including; investing in scientific research and innovation thus driving the students towards meeting the fast growing demands of the digital world.

Having mentioned a few, many heroes have been celebrated over the years but today UTAMU celebrates an educationist hero...Professor Venansius Baryamureeba! Happy Anniversary to impacting lives!

 

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A HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY  “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”

A HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”

 

 

The year 2022 on this 8th March, marks 111 years since the struggle for women equality began in the United States of America. It was on the 28th February 1909 that the first struggle of equal rights started in which the Socialist Party of America in the New York City supported the organization of a Women’s Day. This organization set the tables rolling for other countries like Germany (1910), across Europe (1911), Russia (1917) and the spread continued until 1960 albeit with no set date. Having achieved significant milestones, the United Nations officially adopted and recognized the International Women’s Day in 1977, becoming a mainstream global holiday worldwide. Today marks 45 years since the struggle for women equality was officially recognized and acknowledged worldwide.

The United Nations theme for this year’s celebration is “Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”, as governments, institutions private and public, civil society organizations and various national, regional and world bodies continue to advocate for the practice of equal rights and opportunities in the cultural, social, economic and political spheres of life. Of course, this struggle has not been in vain. Successes have been registered with most communities having women in high places of employment, engagement in government decisions, education opportunities for all and fair competitiveness in economic and political circles is being witnessed.

Undoubtedly, the most powerful collaboration of all time is that women have rooted firm the International Women’s Day which continuously rings a bell in the minds of the global community by emphasizing the need to have equal rights for all.

The International Women’s Day has instilled in most societies the importance of upholding basic human values of; Justice, Dignity, Hope, Equality, Collaboration, Tenacity, Appreciation, Respect, Empathy and Forgiveness. The global citizens to this day continue with such collaborations to weed out spirits of injustice towards the woman especially in the cultural spheres. Importantly aimed at transforming mindsets of men and women for the greater good cause.

In Uganda, the drive of equality for all continues to birth progress. For instance in April 2013, the office of the Auditor General released a national report and in it, documented some of the government efforts to achieve gender equality including; Uganda being a signatory to a number of regional and international declarations on gender mainstreaming, notably: The East Africa Community (EAC) Treaty (2000), The Millennium Declaration (2000), The Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW 1979), The African Union (AU) Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (2003), The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995). The government of Uganda and other human rights bodies continue to work collaboratively in the efforts to implement these commitments through various sector players. Nevertheless, it goes to mention that despite these efforts, communities continue to remain with imbalances caused by customs and practices and thus the struggle continues.

Let us continue with the struggle but remain celebrating the achievements made such as today the 8th March 2022.

UTAMU WISHES YOU A HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION

UTAMU WELCOMES ANOTHER INTELLECTUAL GIANT: DR. DONALD MARK OMONG

UTAMU WELCOMES ANOTHER INTELLECTUAL GIANT: DR. DONALD MARK OMONG

 

Today the world is moving forward with the movers of positively impactful change and societal growth. Change is inevitable and has become a force that none has control over especially if that force invites growth and development, eliminates stagnation and intellectual dwarfism. This is what UTAMU has always believed in, that’s why we aspire to be a Research-Intensive University leading us to becoming the MIT of Africa. This has required an invitation of academic giants that will drive UTAMU to the foreseen future.

Dr. Donald Mark Omong is certainly that force to reckon with, a force that will be part of UTAMU’s journey to the foreseen future. And as the UTAMU fraternity, we warmly welcome him to this mighty institution with great pleasure. We have tasted the waters and he is worth our joy.

Dr. Donald Mark Omong’s contribution is in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences as a Senior Lecturer and the Head of Department – Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences. In this department, Dr. Donald is committed to training students and/or professionals in achieving efficiency and effectiveness between the educational process and the labour market.

He holds an International Ph.D in “Model Based Public Planning, Policy Design and Management System Dynamics”, Masters of Public Policy and a Master in Business Administration.

Being an intellectual giant, Dr. Donald is the second person from the African continent to obtain the International Ph.D in “Model Based Public Planning, Policy Design and Management System Dynamics.” He has many years of experience engaging in Public Policy issues from the Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and Europe. He is a member of the CED4, the System Dynamics Group of the University of Palermo in Italy.

At UTAMU we aim for the best and are energized in the knowledge that Dr. Donald Mark Omong, a gentleman of diverse experience will do great things for the mighty UTAMU.

 

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