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A PhD is a ticket to employment in Uganda, says Prof. Basheka

Professor Benon Basheka, the Vice Chancellor of Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU) has assured students that studying a PhD is a ticket to gaining more employment opportunities in Uganda.

The population of PhD graduates in Uganda is not more than 1500 compared to the population of 40.14 million people.

In 2011, the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) conducted the international statistical survey on the Careers of Doctorate Holders for the first time. The survey showed that the number of PhD graduates in Uganda is still very low despite the rapid growth of the higher education sector in Uganda.

The survey gathered details of doctorate holders from both primary and secondary sources. A total of 534 doctorate holders responded to this survey. Of these, almost all (97%) of the doctorate holders were Ugandans with over half of them having received their qualification from Uganda. Most of PhDs earned outside Uganda were from the United Kingdom. Over 85 percent of doctorate holders were employed on permanent basis and these were mainly in the higher education sector.

“The market of PhD holders in Uganda is still high, so studying a PhD is a sure way of being employed,” Basheka said.

He made the remarks at the MUST-UTAMU joint doctoral research methodology workshop held at UTAMU main campus in Bugolobi on Thursday.

The workshop was mainly attended by first year PhD students who were being skilled on what is expected of them as they begin their PhD research study.

Prof. Basheka re-assured the students that this study will help them be sophisticated in-terms of arguments. “A PhD is supposed to re-shape the way you think or do things.”

He however informed them that at the end of their PhD study, they should be able to contribute to knowledge and using a scientific method. “You must add to knowledge or subtract to it. But before you criticize another scholar’s research study, be sure you have the highest level or argument,” he added.

Doctorate holders are key actors in the creation of innovation and knowledge-based economic growth. Statistics on the trends of highly trained human resources in science and technology are critical in determining the level of human capacity especially in the context of their level of occupational and geographic mobility. These are pertinent statistics especially when aspects of brain drain continue to characterise the growth trajectories of emerging nations.

UTAMU hosts the former Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to Uganda

Uganda Technology And Management University on 13th October 2015 hosted the former Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to Uganda, H.E. Patrick Edwards at UTAMU resource Centre in Bugolobi.

The university was honored to host the former ambassador as he promised to strengthen the relationship between UTAMU and institutions in Trinidad and Tobago.

In his remarks, H.E Edwards described Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, the founding Vice Chancellor of UTAMU as a “man of wisdom” and further praised him for pushing for a change in the higher education in Uganda.

The Ambassador has been a great supporter and promoter of several programmes in the oil and gas department. Prof. Baryamureeba applauded the ambassador as a man with passion for education and business development in this country.

“He is a man after the well-living of man-kind,” Prof. Barya added. Baryamureeba re-assured the ambassador that even though he is leaving service this year, he still has a place to call home in Uganda and at UTAMU.

After eight (8) years of service in Uganda, H.E Patrick Edwards will be leaving. He however, pledged to elevate the relationship between UTAMU and institutions in Tobago higher and also remain committed to improving the lives of people saying that Uganda “has people full of potential.”

New UTAMU student Electoral Commission sworn in ahead of 2nd Guild Elections

A new student Electoral Commission (EC) has assumed office following a swearing-in and induction ceremony held at the Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU) campus in Bugolobi.

The newly voted and approved Electoral Commission 2015-2016 team is tasked to organize the upcoming 2nd guild elections scheduled to take place in November 2016.

This team is tasked to organize the upcoming 2nd Guild Elections of Uganda Technology and Management University meant to take place later this month.

Speaking at the ceremony held on Tuesday, 13th October 2015, Joshua Asiimwe, the new Chairperson of Electoral Commission urged his cabinet to ensure there is unity amongst themselves and to also conduct free and fair upcoming Guild elections.

He also re-assured the students that his team will be in position to manage and control the forth-coming elections and should be held responsible for any mishaps therein.

Drawing from his experience, the outgoing EC Chairperson, Keneth Twesigye advised the new EC to ensure there is total fairness in the elections.

 “As the former Chairperson, I urge you to deliver what you are meant to deliver and what they expect from you,” he said.

The swearing-in ceremony was witnessed by the University Academic Registrar, Dr. Rehema Baguma who presided over the event and the Senior Public Relation Officer Ms. Rebecca Pearl Tumwebaze.

Dr. Rehema gave a few encouraging remarks in line with what the newly swornin EC is required to deliver and do.

The ceremony was such a success because of the efforts the outgoing EC put in.

Below if the full list of the New Electoral Commission:-

Chairperson – Joshua Asiimwe

Vice Chairperson –Jenkins E.L Twinomugisha
Secretary – Arban Owomugisha 
Commissioner Of Finance – Trevor Nyakoojo
Commissioner Public Relations – Ronah Amanyabyoona

Commissioner Of Mobilization – Onesmus Atukunda


Article by: Nabiryo Eva Alice Bazira,

Public Relations Office.

UTAMU staff successfully complete graduate studies

Two of Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU) staff members have successfully completed their graduate studies.

Dr. Drake  P.  Mirembe graduated  with  a  PhD  in Computer  Science  from  the  University  of  Groningen  in  the Netherlands on 1st October 2015 and Ms Ronah  Arinanye  Tugume  with  an  Executive Masters  in  Business  Administration.

These two accomplishments add on UTAMU’s rich blend of distinguished teaching staff that offers the best learning techniques and knowledge fit for a 21st Century student.

Dr  Mirembe  graduated  with  a  PhD  in Computer  Science  from  the  University  of  Groningen  in  the Netherlands on 1/10/2015. Dr Mirembe also holds a Master of Science from  Radboud  University,  The  Netherlands  as  well  as  an  Upper Second  Bachelor  of  Science  Degree  (Computer  Science  and Mathematics) from Makerere University.

He currently serves UTAMU in  the  capacity  of  Ag.  Dean  of  the  School  of  Vocational  and Professional  Education.  Before  joining  UTAMU,  he  served  Makerere University  as  the  founding  Head,  Centre  for  Innovations  and Proffessional Skills Development (CiPSD) for 4 years. 

Ms Arinanye  graduated  with  an  Executive Masters  in  Business  Administration  (Human  Resource  Management and  Development  option)  of  Uganda  Technology  and  Management University on 26th September 2015, having transferred her credits from a Master’s Degree in Management Studies (Human Resource Management) from Uganda  Management  Institute.

Arinanye  also  has  a  Postgraduate Diploma  in  Human  Resource  Management  of  Uganda  Management Institute,  and  a  Bachelor’s  Degree  in  Management  Studies  of Kyambogo  University  as  well  as  a  Diploma  in  Business Administration  of  Kyambogo  University.  She serves UTAMU in the capacity of the Registrar, School of Business and Management.

In a statement released, the Vice Chancellor of  UTAMU Prof. Benon Basheka, “ wishes  to  congratulate  the  above  two  staffs  for  their accomplishments and wish them the best in their services to UTAMU.”

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