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2013, The Year UTAMU Conquered Africa

Welcome to our final issue of the year 2013! As we close the year, UTAMU News joins the rest of the UTAMU community and friends to celebrate the strides the University took in 2013. There is no doubt that this year, UTAMU has indeed been a force to reckon with as highlighted below:
UTAMU, the University to be:
In May 2013, UTAMU opened its doors to its pioneer students for the first intake with various academic programmes at the university. September 2013 brought yet another intake that saw even more students wear the UTAMU pride. Over the last one year alone, over 500 students have had a share of the UTAMU pride by enrolling for various programmes which include UTAMU bachelor programmes, MUST-UTAMU PhD programmes, Amity University programmes and the UTAMU short courses / certificate programmes.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Baryamureeba and the Deputy Vice Chancellor
Prof. Lubega pose with first year students after their orientation in Septemeber

Our maiden bachelor programmes were: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Information Systems and Technology, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Science in Economics.
More programmes for 2014:
Beginning with 2014, UTAMU will be running more bachelor's programmes. On 27th September 2013, the Uganda National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) accredited four new programmes to be taught at UTAMU. According to Prof. Moses L. Golola, the Deputy Executive Director NCHE, the newly accredited programmes at UTAMU are: Bachelor of Science in Mobile Computing and Communications, Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance, Bachelor of Procurement and Supply Chain Management and Bachelor of Public Administration and Management. Today, NCHE has accredited three new bachelor programmes for UTAMU. They are; Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication, Bachelor of Science and Computer Security and Forensics and Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering.

Prof. Moses L. Golola and Prof. Baryamureeba, pose with other officials in the
higher education sector
Winning with strategic partnerships:
"Collaboration is vital to sustain what we call profound or really deep change, because without it, organizations are just overwhelmed by the forces of the status quo." – Peter M. Senge

Prominent American scientist and author Peter Michael Senge looked at the world just the same way UTAMU chose to view it in the 21st century. The year 2013 alone saw UTAMU build mutually beneficial relationships with various institutions in both public and private sector to create collaborations that are aimed at transforming the world.

On 21st August 2013, UTAMU signed a memorandum of understanding with Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) to undertake a joint PhD program. This programme, specially intended to address the gaps at doctoral level in the East African region, started in November with close to 80 admitted students.

A cross section of MUST-UTAMU PhD Students attend a research methodology
workshop at UTAMU
However the robust collaboration between UTAMU and MUST attracted even more giant partners making it the best and biggest PhD programme on the African continent. The University of Limpopo (UL) and Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) of South Africa on 20th November 2013 joined the MUST – UTAMU collaboration. The four institutions signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to undertake collaborative educational activities in a bid to improve the quality of higher education on the continent.

L-R: HSRC's Khangelani Zuma, UTAMU's Prof.Venansius Baryamureeba,
MUST's Prof. Fedrick I.B Kayanja and Limpopo's Prof. Fuluthelo Godfrey
Netswera share a light moment shortly after signing the MOU.

The historical signing was witnessed by the MUST-UTAMU joint PhD students, dons from the four institutions and members of the various sections of the media in Kampala. UTAMU further took a major step to partner with Uganda Christian University (UCU) to undertake joint post graduate programmes. On 28th November 2013, representative members of management from both UTAMU and UCU signed a memorandum of understanding to this effect and agreed that the initial programmes to be offered under the collaboration would include; Executive Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Public Administration and Management, Master of Arts in Development Studies and Master of Information Technology.

L-R: UCU Deputy Vice Chancellor Rev. Can. Dr. Alex Kagume, UCU Vice
Chancellor Rev. Can. Dr. Senyonyi, UTAMU Vice Chancellor Prof. Baryamureeba
& UTAMU DVC Prof. Lubega at the signing of the MOU at UCU Mukono.

Besides these collaborations, UTAMU, in the year 2013, was actively engaged in other public and private sector partnerships in a strategic move to enhance its mission of providing global quality education, research and innovation critical to economic and human development. Some of the other notable partners of UTAMU currently include: Amity University in India, Uganda's National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Tanzania Public Service College, Uganda Technicians and Information Technology Association Limited (UTITA) and Afronet (U) Limited among others.
Harnessing Research for development:

Prof. dr. Henk G. Sol
Through the UTAMU people development initiative, T&M Research group, a club for engaged scholars and PhD students in the region was launched to promote research for development particularly in areas of technology and management. T&M Research Group's activities will be conducted under the mentorship of Prof. dr. Henk G. Sol. UTAMU is already supporting different staff to undertake research and innovations under this club in areas of decision enhancement, management and technology.
UTAMU hosts E-governance training
UTAMU hosted the Executive Training in Foundations of Government Information Leadership for the East African region in July 2013. The training, which was the first of its kind in Africa, was facilitated by both local and international facilitators and attracted participants from all over East Africa. The training was launched by the Prime Minister of Uganda Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi.

Workshop participants get photo moment with the Prime Minister
Rt. Hon Amama Mbabazi after the E-Governance Training.
Innovations Saturday;
Saturday 19th October 2013 saw the launch of the UTAMU Innovations Saturday, a fortnightly event where students from the different fields gather to brainstorm and develop innovations that are aimed at contributing to societal development.

According to Prof. Jude Lubega, the UTAMU Deputy Vice Chancellor and brain behind the Innovations Saturday, the event aims to create an open mind enriching atmosphere for UTAMU students to have an interactive, imaginative and knowledge rewarding esperience. The last several months have seen several Innovation Saturdays and birthed a number of student ideas for societal development.

Students who took part in Innovation Saturdays pose for a picture at UTAMU Resource Centre in Kiswa Bugolobi.
Student engagement groups:
UTAMU students in the year 2013 formed various groups to engage themselves in their different specialities and interests. The formation of clubs like the UTAMU students writers' club, Rotaract Club of UTAMU, UTAMU female students group among others were an indicator that UTAMU students are indeed a proactive team that recognizes the need of engagement and strategic mutually beneficial relationships with their counterparts.

Members of the Rotaract Club of UTAMU pose with Rotarians Barbra Sekadde,
Dr. Rutaagi and Richard Masereje at UTAMU Resource Centre after the launch
of the club
UTAMU dons continued to raise the UTAMU flag
The UTAMU policy dictates that quality staff and quality teaching strategies dictate the way of work at the only university of Technology & Management in Africa. It is no wonder therefore that in 2013 alone, various UTAMU staff raised the UTAMU flag through different outstanding achievements.

UTAMU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Baryamureeba, was on 9th October 2013, honored by President Yoweri K. Museveni with a Golden Jubilee Medal for his significant role in advancing higher education in Uganda.

Baryamureeba shakes hands with President
Museveni after receiving the medal
The Golden Jubilee Medal is the highest honour bestowed to a non-head of state by the President of the Republic of Uganda. Baryamureeba has also been nominated for the international title of 'The Name in science' award in recognition for his achievements in the field of science, research and strengthening intellectual potential in Uganda and the world over. As a distinguished academic, researcher, leader and manager, Prof. Baryamureeba has won several awards both at National and International levels.

The Dean of the School of Business and Management at UTAMU, Prof. Benon C Basheka, also won the 'Academic and Professional Research Award' in recognition for his excellent record of publications and scholarship in the procurement discipline. The award was presented by Uganda's Minister of State for Investment, Hon. Ajedra Gabriel Gadson Aridru, on behalf of President of the Republic of Uganda on Friday 29th November 2013 in Kampala at an annual dinner organised by the Institute of Procurement Professionals of Uganda (IPPU). Basheka has also won various awards at both national and international levels. As a respected scholar in the management discipline, he made various academic presentations at both local and international conferences in 2013.

Pictorial: More highlights on staff achievements:

Minister of State for Investmentt Hon. Ajedra Gabriel Gadson Aridru presents
the Academic and Professional Research award to Prof. Basheka
Prof. Benon Basheka was appointed overall coordinator of the MUST-UTAMU PhD programme Ernest Mwebaze was appointed Manager Quality Assurance at UTAMU

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Florence Tushabe together with other East African IT
professionals at a conference in Nairobi. The conference was aimed at
creating benchmark standards for computer education throughout the
East African region.

As we move into 2014, there is no doubt that UTAMU community is up in arms to conquer the world.

On behalf of the UTAMU News editorial team, I can only say we take pride in celebrating and sharing these achievements and many more, so go on and conquer.

Merry Christmas and Happy 2014!

Rebecca Pearl Tumwebaze
Editor-in-Chief, UTAMU News