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Council Approves New QA structure, Staff Policy

The University Council for UTAMU has approved the University’s new Quality Assurance structure, as per the university senate recommendations.

In the 2nd UTAMU council meeting held on 20th December 2013, the Vice Chancellor presented to the council that senate had recommended that the Directorate of ICT and Library Services be stripped of the Quality Assurance component. As per the new structure recommendations, Quality Assurance will now be a unit under the Vice Chancellor’s office.

Chairperson University Council for UTAMU, Dr. Joseph Ssewanyana, commended the structure because it is in line with the requirements of the National Council for Higher Education.

The council further approved UTAMU’s newly developed staff work load policy to guide staff on execution of their various duties.

Members of the council congratulated the Vice Chancellor and management of the University upon their efforts towards building a recognizable UTAMU brand over the last one year.

Prof. Grace Bantebya Kyomuhendo, the Vice Chairperson Council also pointed out that UTAMU had become a household name particularly for areas of ICT over the previous one year.

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba assured members present at the council meeting that UTAMU staff were doing their best to groom exceptional values among students and the University management was enhancing these efforts by initiating partnerships with valuable institutions like Uganda Christian University (UCU), Mbarara University of Science & Technology (MUST) and The University of Limpopo of South Africa.

Some of the members who attended the council meeting pose for a group photo. L-R: Faith Ahabyona, Prof. Jude T. Lubega, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rehema Baguma, Mr. Julius Peter Kinyera, Prof. Baryamureeba, Dr. Joseph Ssewanyana, Prof. Grace Bantebya, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. John Ngubiri

Baryamureeba also revealed that all UTAMU academic staff had an opportunity to be appointed as adjunct staff of the University of Limpopo where they would undertake various activities like research and training.

Barya, UBTEB, IVETA to champion Vocational Training in Eastern & Central Africa

UTAMU's Vice Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, last week represented Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between UBTEB and the International Vocational Education and Training Association (IVETA) on the establishment of a regional IVETA office in Uganda.

Baryamureeba, who is the Board Chairperson for UBTEB, was a signatory to an MOU which provided a framework for the establishment of IVETA Eastern and Central Africa regional office in Uganda. The offices will be hosted by UBTEB, which will play a role of championing the IVETA cause and objectives in the region and beyond.

Other signatories to the MOU were Ethel Kyobe, a UBTEB board member, IVETA President, Ms. Olga Oleynikova and Vice President Mr. Wilson Makulumiza Nkhoma.

UBTEB, is a national examinations board mandated to streamline, regulate, coordinate and conduct credible national examinations and award Certificates and Diplomas in Business, Technical, Vocational and other specialized trainings in Uganda. On the other hand, IVETA is a network of vocational educators dedicated to the advancement and improvement of high-quality vocational education and training throughout the world. UBTEB is also a member of IVETA.

The MOU was signed at the IVETA annual membership conference in Las Vegas, Nevada - USA on 4th December, 2013.

Besides being Vice Chancellor at UTAMU and Board Chairperson for UBTEB, Prof. Baryamureeba also serves as the Chairperson of Makerere University Business School (MUBS) Council, Chairperson of Research and Education Network of Uganda, Chairperson of COMESA Innovation Council, Chairperson of Senate of Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) and member of several boards/ senates/ councils.

L-R, IVETA ES Ms Barbara Herrmann, IVETA president Ms Olga Oleynikova, UBTEB Board Chairperson Prof Venansius Baryamureeba and UBTEB ES Mr John Ntamuhiira Twesigye at the MoU signing ceremony

Tips on How to Launch A Solid Career

By Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rehema Baguma, Director Academic Affairs

According to the UTAMU almanac, every student who finishes a whole year of learning is required to undertake community engagement for four months to apply the skills and the knowledge acquired in the class room setting. Come January 2014, several UTAMU students will go into the field to partake their very first community engagement.

Community engagement offers on-the-job training with relevant networking opportunities during which students will be given a chance to develop skills that are both specific to their academic disciplines as well as interpersonal skills. These opportunities enable you to enrich your education with high-impact experiences and to apply classroom lessons in professional settings. The acquired experiences offer students even more opportunities for future internships and jobs.

While many students have focus on gaining work experience during community engagement, it is important to tap into gaining other skills like interpersonal, communication and team work skills above technical aptitude. It doesn't matter if you'll be working for a small start-up or at the biggest multi-national company in Uganda. Regardless you'll be learning first hand how to work with other people, function in a staff meeting, communicate with a supervisor, and maybe even navigate the staff team building outing.

Some of you must be wondering if it is really important that you should do this community engagement programme. Internship will make you wiser, more mature, more confident, and a better candidate for the next internship or full-time job. So go for it. Use it to launch that solid career that you have always dreamt of. Good luck!

UTAMU Acquires New Premises

Following the various developments at UTAMU over the last one year, the University management on Tuesday 17th December 2013 acquired new premises in addition to the existing ones in a bid to expand the UTAMU Resource centre at Bugolobi.

Prof. Baryamureeba and some members of the UTAMU management team
share a light moment at the new UTAMU premises

The expansion of the resource centre will offer more opportunities for research, learning and innovation for both students and staff.

UTAMU Vice Chancellor Prof. Baryamureeba said that the expansion of UTAMU Resource Centre was inevitable considering the simultaneous growth of the university.

The front view of the magnificent new premises of UTAMU