JFolder::create: Path not in open_basedir paths.

My Blog

Academic Staff Vacancies at UTAMU - Apply Now!

Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) was accredited by National Council for Higher Education to operate as a Private University in Uganda. UTAMU was established with a purpose of making a difference in the training of Technology & Management Professionals within the region.   UTAMU is here to offer experiential and outstanding learning and teaching for the 21st Century student. UTAMU is committed to achieving this through an enriched learning experience that blends a variety of teaching and learning methods.  Our teaching and learning process follows a blended model where face-to-face interactions are combined with online teaching and learning activities to deliver a learning experience that enables students develop highly sought after skills such as problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking and continuous learning.

Academic staff at UTAMU engage in teaching, research, innovation and community engagement activities. In preparation for May 2014 and September 2014 student intakes, UTAMU seeks to recruit more experienced and qualified staff on fulltime basis.  At UTAMU we want to maintain at least 90% of our staff as PhD holders to ensure quality in teaching and research.

UTAMU now calls for applications from qualified persons as per UTAMU academic staff appointment and promotion policy to apply and enjoy a rewarding academic career at UTAMU. The deadline for application is 20th April 2014.  Complete Applications should be addressed to: Director, Finance and Administration, Uganda Technology and Management University, P.O. Box 73307, Kampala, Uganda.

Position Salary Scale Salary Range (UGX) Discipline Number of Vacancies
Professor UA3 8M – 10M Business, Management, Public Administration, Economics, Law, Oil and Gas 4
Associate Professor UA4 6M – 8M Business, Management, Public Administration, Economics, Law, Oil and Gas 4
Senior Lecturer UA5 4M – 6M Business, Management, Public Administration, Economics, Law, Oil and Gas 8
Lecturer (PhD holders) UA6 3M – 4M Business, Management, Public Administration, Economics, Law, Oil and Gas 5
Lecturer (Master’s Holder) UA6 2M – 3M Business, Management, Public Administration, Economics, Law, Oil and Gas 5
Professor UA3 8M – 10M Computing, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics 4
Associate Professor UA4 6M – 8M Computing, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics 4
Senior Lecturer UA5 4M – 6M Computing, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics 4
Lecturer  (PhD Holders) UA6 3M – 4M Computing, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics 5
Lecturer UA6 2M – 3M Computing, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics 5

An application should be accompanied by a CV, 3 names of the referees, publications where applicable, and certified copies of academic documents.
Completed applications should be delivered to:
UTAMU Resource Centre, Plot 6 & 8, Erisa Road, Bugolobi, Kampala
or by email to: .

The Academic Staff Appointments and Promotions Policy and other relevant policies are available at: www.utamu.ac.ug

For more information please contact: . or call +256 414 696 888 or +256 414 696 887.

Director, Finance and Administration 

Meet Alex B. Tumwizere, Uganda’s Next Top Entrepreneur

Alex Bob Tumwizere is a Bachelor of Business Administration student at Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU). He is a natural salesman and marketer, a budding writer and a serial entrepreneur in the making. This working and exceptionally brilliant student is also a member of Writers’ Club as well as the Rotaract Club of UTAMU. He is a born again Christian who cherishes servant leadership. Besides these tasks, Alex works hard to excel in academics and ambitiously tries out everything that comes his way. He is married and blessed with 3 lovely children.

Humble, intelligent, respectful, social, hardworking and cheerful with a great sense of maturity. One of his classmates described the attributes of his personality.

His coursemates disclosed that he is a brilliant fellow who derives happiness in sharing knowledge and uplifting those in difficulty.

Alex is passionate about matters of national interest that he wishes he would have a platform to voice his opinion and share his ideas with policy makers. “I am an ardent follower of political discourse at national, regional and global spheres”, he disclosed.

He has no regrets whatsoever about his course since he has started applying the skills acquired so far in his current business enterprises, something he says has greatly improved his business.

He is however quick to note that the seemingly unending forces that place a demand on time and attention are his biggest challenge so far. “I manage 2 businesses and participate in a couple of social service ventures besides my family responsibilities. It has been quite a challenge to strike a delicate balance between these roles”, he noted. Alex revealed that since he is not alone in multitasking, he is slowly learning to navigate through this challenge.

The other challenge Alex identified is the absence of reliable study partners with whom to discuss and exchange ideas relating to the different course units he has covered so far.

He is optimistic that the entire learning experience at UTAMU in academics, social, intellectual and environmental fields will yield a positive impact on his current and future entrepreneurial ventures. “I am already exploring a few ideas and I hope to develop some of them into a business empire on the African Continent”, Alex boasted.

He also revealed that he intends to form and nurture a strong professional and social network with which will contribute to shaping of business and governance agenda for the next generation of Young African Leaders. His aim is to acquire a first class degree.

After his course, he believes that God will enable him to provide leadership in business through training and business mentoring for Micro and Small enterprises in Uganda. “I have a duty to contribute to solving the huge youth unemployment challenge of our times by promoting entrepreneurship ventures especially in agribusiness value addition”, Alex stressed.

He is strongly convinced that in the near future, God will also position him to provide broader servant leadership to his country Uganda. He also plans to mentor business leaders and employ the acquired skills in several businesses and organizations.

Alex points out that God has been his guiding star in balancing studies, work and family. He also mentioned that his family has been very supportive and has sacrificed a lot for him in pursuit of his studies and business.

“The fact that I am still alive with hope in God for a better future despite the countless huddles along the way is an achievement in itself. I am exceedingly proud of the family God has blessed me with. I believe there are greater achievements ahead of me”, he highlights his achievements so far.
Alex B. Tumwizere busy at his desk at Uganda Industrial
Research Institute where he is currently doing internship
Alex says his faith in God has kept him going even in the hardest of times. He pointed out perseverance, diligence, hardwork and service above self as some of the values he upholds.His dream is to boost his entrepreneurship skills and oversee the development and promotion of vibrant business enterprises through business mentoring and training programmes targeting the youth across the African continent.

“In the next 5 or 7 years, I hope to be in a policy and decision making position in the leadership of this country and actively contribute to improving the livelihood of my countrymen”, Alex revealed his future plans. He also hopes to accomplish his second degree within this time frame.

He draws his inspiration from his relationship with God through His Word. In business, Alex says he is greatly inspired by Patrick Bitature, one of Uganda’s most successful entrepreneurs. He finds his success story very inspiring and motivating and he hopes to cultivate his resilience and focus in his own business.

“I want to be remembered as someone who changed lives positively through service”, Alex disclosed his legacy.

He urged students to commit themselves not only to acquiring knowledge and good degrees but also take it upon themselves to apply that knowledge in real life through innovation and enterprise development. “Learning is the acquisition and application of knowledge. This is what makes education a great multiplier of potential opportunities”, he emphasized.

He also encouraged them to have faith in God, work hard and exploit synergies of teamwork that will help them to excel in academic and life pursuits! God bless you and God bless Africa.

The Economics and Politics of Large Scale Supermarkets

The advent of LSSM has brought both joy and tears in Uganda. The usual suspect is not the devil this time but colonialism which has now come clothed in the sheep skin of globalization. I will explain. Let me start with the joys so that I do not sound like a mere Prophet of doom.LSSM are in vogue. Supporters are many; Neo-colonialists, economists, globalisationalists, Industrialists, consumerists, the list is endless.

There was a time, fifty or so years ago, when globalization was a mere romantic topic of discussion on academic and political podia. Little did we know that the global village market would find us here. LSSM are vivid evidence of this phenomenon.

LSSM are a product of globalization and all other Zation-isations: colonization, democratization, liberalization, decentralization, modernization or civilization! Globalization is the highest level, so far, of neocolonialism where and when, under it, national boundaries have been dismantled to allow global forces of supply and demand to fondly and freely interplay to determine social and economic equilibria in all human endeavors.

This means that the Developed World actors using their superlative, comparative and competitive advantages in science and technology will produce and supply goods and services, based on superlative economies of scale, in enormous quantities, qualities at competitive prices along very efficient and effective channels to supply the global village market through, interalia, LSSM. For developed countries, it is nothing but EUREKA!

The joy engendered by LSSM is based on simple economic laws and precepts; demand and supply, economies of scale, human choices, and propensity to spend. The rest is management, in general, and marketing in particular.

Any consumer who walks in a LSSM like Game or Shoprite, Nakumatt or Uchumi, Tuskys or Capital Shoppers is overjoyed to make choices from a wide range of cheap or dear products and will only be limited by his or her pocket capacity.

Tears may begin to flow if the buyer quickly realizes that the money is finished before the long list is ticked off and may never come back to the same LSSM unless his or her fortunes change. For the well loaded shopper, such tears are superfluous.

When I lived and worked in Kenya, in the 70s and much later in the 90s, I was told of a true story of a practice common with many Kenyans especially, the Luo-kind of UK [read: United Kisumu] or Railand and Obamaland. A Luo guy, according to the story, well clad in his office suit, will walk into a LSSM, pick the biggest trolley in sight, move through various shelves, picking assorted merchandise, making reference to a list in his hands to give good impression of a non-impulsive buyer.

As he majestically moves along, he makes sure many people are seeing him. The more familiar the faces, the better the effect, so he may pick fancier items which the wife had not included on the list dangling in his hand, examine the brands and throws them into the trolley with a bang.

When he has finished, he makes one last round, especially, where he might have sighted some office-mates, Club-mates, Church-mates, Rotarians and Lions, relatives, friends and tribesmen. Finally, the loaded shopper will surreptitiously and quickly remove only the affordable essentials, abandon the unaffordable loaded trolley in a dark corner, leap to the nearest Counter, pay and leave with tears of denial that he had at least, for that day managed to impress some folks. Never mind the unresolved deprivation equivalent to the abandoned trolley and even more items the family needed but that need will not be satiated.

Behind the LSSM teeming and teething with innumerable merchandises, are numerous local small and medium size shops full of goods which remain unbought because all customers have been attracted away to trendier LSSM - places with better packing space, proximity to main roads, lighting, choice etc.

LSSM have incredible capacity to distort and disorganize domestic economy especially under an unmanaged liberal policy that allows foreign economic giants to dominate local economic dwarfs.

All the politics can be summarized in the spirit of National Recovery Strategy and Programmes usually marketed by the Bretton Woods Institutions – the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development [World Bank] and its Associates; the International Monetary Fund [IMF], International Development Association [IDA] and International Finance Corporation [IFC].

The magical wand- words are; as alluded to above, liberalization, privatization, democratization and globalization which license LSSM to function in any country that claims membership to World Bank Group.

LSSM are politically attractive not only for reasons just stated, but they are easier to collect taxes from, are usually Politicians’ investment opportunities for themselves, Campaign Managers, in-laws, relatives and friends but also are lucrative economic fronts to foreign Investors.

For Uganda, LSSM are silent time bombshells. They are urban grass-root products of imported unpopular policies. While the macroeconomic policies have increased supplies, satiated demand, improved GDP statistics, lowered inflation, they have dangerously undermined small indigenous businesses, created unemployment, promoted unhealthy consumption of foreign products, killed entrepreneurial spirit and creativity and ultimately promoted foreign markets more than local markets.

Way Forward

In full light of the above, I advise Uganda to borrow a leaf from Japan. Japan has been a global economic leader for many decades. The world has learnt and continues to learn from Japan. How did Japan manage the LSSM dilemma against the outside world especially USA?

Japan created a LSSM Law which worked well and has been continuously revised to accommodate dynamic changes. A smart LSSM Law can judiciously and prudently regulate the timing, the geography, the size, range of products, the opening [in terms of years (months, days weeks and even hours] of a LSSM in such a way that all Stakeholders will benefit from the policy.

Any feigned ignorance, laziness, impartiality, complacency, liberalism or fear will disproportionately favour foreigners or hurt local society.

Therefore, it is better to manage LSSM than to leave them to the Economist’s tenacious invisible hand, Politician’s capricious policy or the neo-Colonialist’s rope-wrapped conqueror’s aid. I rest my case.

Dr. Robert K. Rutaagi is a retired Public Sector Management Specialist, Writer & Freelance Journalist & Management Consultant with Pragma Consultants Ltd, Member of Senate & Adjunct Senior Lecturer of UTAMU.

Telephone: +25677464490+256774644905/7013830990/781224156.
E-mail: .
Blog: robertrutaagi.wordpress.com

Muzzha Celebrates 5 Years with Cisco Networking Academy

Muzzha Zedekiah, an UTAMU instructor has been recognized by Cisco Networking Academy for his contribution towards the academy over the last 5 years.

He completed five years of active participation and dedication to Cisco Networking Academy program on March 22nd 2014 and was awarded a certificate to recognize the milestone.

The Academy hailed Zedekiah for his input towards making Cisco the premier global education program for developing networking architects of the next generation. He will be featured along with other honored instructors on the Cisco NetSpace Recognition Program website.

The Distinctiveness of the New UTAMU programmes

UTAMU has brought on board 10 new robust undergraduate programmes as part of its initiative to contribute to socio-economic development through higher education.

The new bachelor programmes are; Bachelor of Computer Engineering, Bachelor of Information Science, Bachelor of Science in Statistics, Bachelor of Oil and Gas Management, Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics, Bachelor of Mass Communication and Journalism, Bachelor of Arts in Development Economics, Bachelor of Human Resource Management, Bachelor of Project Planning and Management and Post Graduate Diploma in Computing. The new programmes comprise of ICT and Business Management foundational courses.

The programmes are envisioned to expand the competencies of East African graduates and ultimately boost the human resource capacity in Uganda in areas of ICT and business management.

This article gives you an insight into what the new UTAMU programmes will offer the East African region and beyond:

Bachelor of Information Science

This course offers training focused on the use of information technology and the processing of information products. It is designed to train students in management, retrieval, packaging and distribution of organized information. This program seeks to produce graduates who will be able to collect, process, store, retrieve and avail information necessary for growth of public and private companies. It aims at developing high quality human resources who can fully maximize the utility of information in organizations.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering

This programme focuses on areas of hardware, data communications and software engineering. It offers skills applicable to complex real-world problems in the field of computer engineering. Students study the design of digital hardware and software including communications systems, computers and devices. Graduates of this programme become specialists in information systems for companies, digital circuit design and fabrication technologies, distributed systems design and development, digital communication systems design and development, embedded systems development as well as digital security and artificial intelligence.

Bachelor of Human Resource Management

The Bachelor’s in Human Resource Management program is intended to prepare 21st century graduates with exceptional skills, knowledge and competencies in human resource management. The graduates will be equipped with the ability to identify, analyze, and solve complex human resource and management issues for different organizations. It is designed within the context of the National Development plan of Uganda (launched in April 2010) and Vision 2040 that was launched in 2013. It employs an interdisciplinary approach to prepare students for positions in human resource leadership, to establish and advance organizational policies and guidelines and utilize the tools and techniques for developing conducive work environments.

Bachelor of Oil and Gas Management

The Bachelor’s Degree program in Oil and Gas Management is intended to offer students appropriate business and leadership knowledge, skills and competencies required for the efficient functioning of the oil and gas industry. This course is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in oil and gas management. The students will be taken through comparative cases in managing this resource which will sharpen their management proficiency. It will give many Ugandans an opportunity to study oil and Gas management courses without spending millions of dollars abroad pursuing oil and gas management courses.

Bachelor of Project Planning and Management

This Bachelor’s course is designed for students who want to learn the tools and techniques of planning and managing projects across a range of sectors. This degree course prepares students to plan, coordinate, lead and generally manage projects in various sectors. By blending business and leadership principles with project management strategies and skills, this degree will enable students build the required competencies to succeed. Project management knowledge is essential to the successful planning, development and delivery of projects.

Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics

This degree course is designed for students who want to acquire knowledge about tools and techniques of economic variables, how to collect and analyse economic data and apply it to explain social, economic and health dynamics among others. The programme focuses on training the world’s development economic decision makers and managers. It provides a thorough training in specific areas of economics, mathematics, statistics and computing and also enhances statistical/economic analytical techniques of personnel in the business and private sector.

Bachelor of Mass Communication and Journalism

This programme is intended to train professional journalists and communicators who have the requisite skills not only in the broad areas of journalism and mass communication but are also ICT savvy and well grounded in issues of economics and development. It targets those interested in the study of both print and broadcast journalism, business journalism, science journalism, new media, mass communication, public relations, advertising, integrated marketing communication and strategic communication. It also targets practitioners who are interested in improving their knowledge and skills to enhance their professional practice. Students under this programme will specialize in any of the specialized options;
  • Journalism
  • Strategic Communication and Public Relations

Bachelor of Science in Statistics

The B. Sc Statistics is designed to equip students with skills to collect, analyze and make deductions from statistical data so as to inform organizations and government of the actual trend to base on when making decisions or policies. The course provides a rich blend of competencies required by a 21st century statistians like mathematics, computing, economics, accounting, research and communication. Graduates of this programme acquire skills in handling specific aspects of statistics like demography, actuarial studies, insurance analytics, business and economic trends.

Bachelor of Arts in Development Economics

This programme focuses on training the world’s development economic decision makers and managers of the future. It provides broad intellectual training in foundations of knowledge of how the economy works and offers relevant skills for the constructive use of that knowledge. It is designed to generate a body of human resource equipped with skills to identify, analyse, formulate, implement, monitor and evaluate development issues affecting society. The course facilitates students with a range of skills to deal with development problems and challenges.

Post Graduate Diploma in Computing

This programme intends to provide theoretical and hands on skills in computing to support learners’ initial careers. It aims at training high quality professionals in Systems Administration, Software Development, System Analysis and Design, Web Design and Management and Hardware Maintenance. Graduates of this programme will have an in depth understanding of ICT and work very well in purely ICT settings as well as apply advanced computing skills like programming, simulation and modeling in different professional disciplines.

Innovation Saturday; A Worthwhile Event

By Agaba Godwin Mubangizi

A new revolution of innovators ready to explore the world and solve issues with a spark of innovation has been invented at UTAMU through Innovation Saturday.

Innovation Saturday is a fortnightly event that brings together creative people with ideas aimed at transforming the world. It is a platform for people to generate ideas, innovations and learn something new.

It is one of those days that every self motivated student looks forward to. It is a day that gives one a chance to look at the future with optimistic lenses. It is a day that helps us as Information Technology students to think of solutions to make this country a better place to live in.

A vote of thanks goes to Mr. Drake Patrick Mirembe, the Innovation Saturday mentor. He has opened our eyes and taught us to dream big as well as work hard to achieve our dreams. He is one man that has successfully united many of us under the umbrella of innovations. His eye for success and hunger for innovation are simply amazing. He has gone an extra mile to invite other universities to come together to share and exchange ideas affirming the common adage of ‘two heads are better than one’.

I am always impatiently waiting for that one day to learn, to share, to discover and to be motivated by the creativity of students.

The things we can do with these our brains are beyond imagination.

With inspiration and motivation, guidance and assistance, we can turn hills into mountains, seas into oceans and keep the spirits of great innovators like the late Steve Jobs alive.

As a student of Uganda Technology and Management University, I walk with my head high for I know UTAMU is where all it all starts, takes place, and will always be; an ‘innovative hub’.

John Chambers did say that “the next big killer application of the internet will be education; it will make email look like a rounding error”. This implies that people out there are always hungry for something new and new innovations thus making Innovation Saturday worthwhile.

There is No Justification for Extending 2016 Elections

The previous week saw media awash with a mixture of reactions and opinions from the public in regard to the proposal by a number of MPs to have 2016 polls extended for five years.

They proposed that 2016 elections should be postponed. The draft Bill if passed will see Ugandans elect political leaders in 2021. The MPs claim that the bill is aimed at enabling government to scrutinize and implement the various electoral reforms as demanded by the opposition, the Electoral Commission and civil society.

The bill allegedly in the offing suggests that the elections of the President, Parliamentarians and Local Government leaders be postponed by five years to allow a number of electoral reforms to take shape.

I personally took keen interest in this topic not because I am a fan of politics but I specifically wanted to figure out the rationale of this proposal.

But the proposal hasn’t gone down well with some politicians like the former FDC president Rt. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye who terms this proposal as diversionary tactics from the real issues raised in these flawed elections.

Apart from the amendment of the constitution, this proposal imposes financial strain on the country.

The proposal has a process it goes through before it is passed into law. A Cabinet minister picks up the proposal and writes a Cabinet white paper. It is then tabled in the House and debated. The House then sends it to the parliamentary legal and parliamentary affairs committee which conducts a public hearing and debate on the proposal. The committee then reports back to the house for the final debate before it is passed.

If the election extension proposal is passed by parliament which is very likely given that National Resistance Movement (NRM) members are the majority in the house, it is going to see elections being pushed from 2016 to 2021. And if the current government wins this election, the ruling government might stay in power much longer than anticipated.

Uganda’s Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr. Badru Kiggundu and minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development, Hon. Mary Karoro Okurut have however dismissed reports of NRM’ alleged plot to postpone the 2016 elections.

The citizens of Uganda need to ask themselves if this is really what they want. Is this the democracy Uganda has always boasted of? Or the meaning of democracy has actually been defiled by the actions of the people in power? Is this a sign of greed for power? What happens then to the younger generation? Is there hope that we shall get a chance to see other leaders with a vision for Uganda? Your guess is as good as mine.

UTAMU Takes Part in 7th Higher Education Exhibition 2014

UTAMU is taking part in the 7th Higher Education Exhibition 2014 that opens today 28th and will end on 30thMarch 2014 at Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) Show Grounds in Lugogo.

The Higher Education Exhibition is an annual event that brings together institutions of higher learning in Uganda and neighboring countries to showcase their products and services to the public. The event is organized by Uganda National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).

The event provides a platform for institutions to reach out to thousands of people and unveils new educational products on the market.

My Hosplink, a health mobile application that provides access to health information like locating the nearest health centres, services offered in different hospitals, doctor schedules, emergence support as well as first aid will be launched at the exhibition.

Other innovations that UTAMU is showcasing include; Secure Citizen, an application that will help both police and communities to track wrong elements in society ,Friend of the Gorilla, an application that is envisaged to boost the tourism industry through provision of information about Gorillas, Smooth Ride, an app that will help users to detect traffic jam among others. Others include; school wonder, Ufair, syndicate, among others.

The theme for this year’s exhibition is “Skilling Uganda Through Innovative and Quality Education”.

NCHE is a regulatory agency that regulates higher education, guides the establishment of institutions of higher learning as well as ensures that quality and relevant education is delivered.

UTAMU to Offer 10 New Academic Programmes in May 2014 Intake

UTAMU will offer ten new academic programmes including a Post graduate Diploma in Computing in the May 2014 intake.

This was revealed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba during the Management Strategy meeting on Wednesday 26th March 2014. Baryamureeba said all the courses had been accredited by National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).

This brings the total number of programmes offered by UTAMU to over 20. The new UTAMU programmes are housed in 2 Schools and they include;

School of Computing & Engineering Programmes
Postgraduate Diploma in Computing
Bachelor of Information Science
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
School of Business & Management Programmes
Bachelor of Science in Statistics
Bachelor of Oil and Gas Management
Bachelor of Human Resource Management
Bachelor of Project Planning and Management
Bachelor of Arts in Development Economics
Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics
Bachelor of Mass Communication and Journalism

NCHE gave UTAMU a green light to offer these academic programmes after thorough consultations, assessment and consideration of all council policies and standards.

Prof. Baryamureeba while announcing the news to UTAMU community highlighted that through these academic programmes, UTAMU will continue to touch the lives of Ugandans and beyond by offering global quality education. “UTAMU is on a journey of transforming Uganda through higher education. With a variety of courses now offered at UTAMU coupled with our highly qualified and skilled staff, transformation is inevitable”, Baryamureeba boasted.

He urges Ugandans to exploit the opportunity by enrolling for UTAMU academic programmes for they are fully packaged to produce graduates that will craft solutions for global challenges.

Details about the new programmes and admission requirements are available HERE or at UTAMU Resource Centre, Plot 6 & 8 Erisa Road Kiswa in Bugologi.

UTAMU was accredited by National Council for Higher Education to operate as a private University in Uganda on 11th March 2013.

January 2014 Intake Examinations Set for April 8th 2014

UTAMU students are set to sit for their final examinations for the January - April  2014 Semester on 8th April 2014.

According to the UTAMU almanac, exams will begin on 8th April 2014 and end on 18th April 2014.

The Director for Academic Affairs Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rehema Baguma has urged students to ensure that they have all the requirements that will facilitate them to sit for exams.

“I encourage students to complete registration, clear all outstanding school dues and obtain examination permits in time to avoid last minute rush”

Rehema also cautioned students against examination malpractices and warned that whoever engages in such vices will face serious penalties.

The examination timetable is available on all UTAMU notice boards and can be accessed online on Intranet.

Enriching Student Creativity Through Innovation Saturdays

One of the most popular events among the UTAMU geeks is the Innovation Saturday. A fortnightly event held at UTAMU, the Innovation Saturday is an event where students from different universities gather at the UTAMU Student Resource Centre to brainstorm, gather ideas and develop innovations that are aimed at contributing to societal development. It’s an open mind enriching atmosphere which fosters interactive, imaginative and fun-filled knowledge sharing and critical thinking.

At the UTAMU Innovation Saturdays, students participate in different aspects of innovation starting with idea conceptualization, exposure to design environments and finally application development. UTAMU staff and various Industry experts take part in this event as mentors.

Launched on 19th October 2013, the innovation Saturdays, which are held under the theme “Think, Imagine, Innovate”, have grown popular among university students in Kampala area. Over 500 university students currently partake in this event and various ICT applications have been developed at the innovation Saturday.

According to the Manager for Centers at UTAMU, Mr. Drake P. Mirembe, Innovation Saturdays are part of a massive campaign by the university to craft solutions for Uganda’s problems through ICT and business innovations. “As Ugandans, we need to collectively become part of the solution for our country’s problems,” Drake noted.

Innovation Saturday participants pose for a group photo after a day of
creativity, critical thinking and innovations

Some of the outstanding ideas that have been developed so far include; My Hosplink, - an information application that allows the user to locate hospitals, services offered in different hospitals, doctor schedules, emergence support, and first aid information; Secure Citizen, an application that will help both police and communities to track wrong elements in society; and Friend of the Gorilla, an application that is envisaged to boost the tourism industry through provision of information about Gorillas. Others include; school wonder, Ufair, syndicate among others.

The UTAMU Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jude Lubega, also the brain behind the Innovation Saturday concept, said the event is always a platform for creative art, innovation and entrepreneurship.

“We believe in transforming education through innovation and critical thinking; we are ready to nurture not just UTAMU students but every youth who is interested; We also ensure that ICT is central in these events because it drives the world today,” Prof. Lubega.

According to the Directorate of Engagement, Research and Innovation (DERI) calendar, the next Innovation Saturday will be held on 22nd March 2014 at the UTAMU Resource Center in Bugolobi.

Israel Kasingye, the Brain behind 'My Hosplink'

Israel Kasingye is a first year student at Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) offering a Bachelor of Information Systems Technology (BIST). He spends almost half of everyday learning how to develop life changing computer applications. His name has become synonymous with coding. His dream is to become a programmer.

“I am very passionate about programming; I hope one day I will be a household name in programming,” 19 year old Israel boasts.

Israel Kasigye joined UTAMU in September 2013 and his life took a complete turn since then. “I am in the right place and doing the right course,” he says about his choice to do a career in Information Systems and Technology. No wonder, the youthful student who is just in his first year of study, is already referred to as Uganda’s youngest CEO because of his high level of ambition.

Through the UTAMU Innovation Saturday events, Israel led a group of students to develop a life changing health innovation dubbed “My Hosplink”.

According to him, “My Hosplink” is is a health mobile application developed to act as a dedicated connection and link between the public and the hospitals and help in emergencies. He also revealed that this app provides real time connection to the nearest ambulance in case of an emergency, provides hospital and doctor schedules, knowing which doctor is available at which moment, services offered in different hospitals and an in built First aid kit.

“If people are healthy, productivity automatically increases. Many Ugandans have lost their lives due to failure to attain immediate medical assistance”, Israel expresses his motivation for pioneering the app. He says the application was developed with an aim of saving lives and bridging the gap between the patient and the doctor.

When asked about the significance of “My Hosplink” app, this reserved student suddenly lights up and has a lot to say. “With this application, every mobile internet user should be able to access quick medical assistance, connect with doctors and hospitals and access free first aid tutor to be able to save lives.”

He believes people ought to have healthy lives in order to be wealthy. “If people are healthy, productivity automatically increases. Many Ugandans have lost their lives due to failure to attain immediate medical assistance”, Israel expresses his grief. He says the application was developed with an aim of saving lives and bridging the gap between the patient and the doctor.

Israel and his team plan to extend the service to rural areas. He says they want to reach out to the rural people because health centers are scarce and most people in rural Uganda have to walk long distances to get treatment. “One thing we have learnt is that we must impact our communities and be part of the solution,” Israel clarifies on why he chose to impact the health sector.

“Together with a team of three other students, we identified various problems in our health sector and decided we had a role to play in combating some of the issues,” Israel says. He further revealed that some people didn’t think there was much he could do about the health services as an Information Systems and Technology student. “My friends said those were issues for doctors and other health professions but I knew ICT too could have a role to play, so I didn’t give up,” Israel says with a smile of determination.

“In my team, I was working with Moses Ocela, Shadrack Opua and Brenda Kangave. We all agreed that ICT innovations had no boundaries and we set off to work,” Israel goes on. He says his team put in a lot of effort, spent some sleepless nights to turn this idea into a reality. “When we finally presented it to our mentor, he was impressed and supported us to improve it. It is then that we knew we were on the right track. “I am proud that this app has attracted attention of users already,” Israel said. Israel says “My Hosplink” is not the end for him and his team. “It is just the beginning for us,” he boasts. “We are going to come up with more life changing innovations. This is just our first year and we plan to grow our innovations with every new thing we learn in our course of study after all UTAMU has given us this platform” he says with lots of vigour. The young student says the app is absolutely free of charge save for internet connection. He added that one only needs to be connected to the internet first, then search for ‘My Hosplink’, download the app, install it and enjoy the services.

Below Israel Kasingye elaborates more on the benefits of this app

The Benefits of My Hosplink
By Israel Kasigye

  • Helps users to locate nearby Hospitals for quick medical services.
  • Provide a real time connection between the patient and the nearest ambulance
  • Provide an in built First aid tutor both in text, audio, video and more other forms which guide on which first aid to apply in different scenarios. 
  • There are people who need special treatment. Different illnesses call for specialists. My Hosplink will provide information on doctor schedules and be able to tell whether a specific doctor is available and make appointment.
  • Making schedules with doctors is now made easy. It tells you whether the doctor in question is available by checking Hospital schedules which reduces wastage of time and money.
  • There are more other interesting things packaged in this App
Anyone can access it at myhosplinkapp.8technologies.net


Computer Era simplifying Lives

By Wafula Abuneery, BIST

There has been a noticeable increase of computer usage in day to day life in Uganda. In the 80’s, the computer was an alien invention to most Ugandans and accessible or used by a handful of elite individuals. However with the information/ICT global revolution, computer usage and knowledge has become as inevitable as breathing itself.

This is the reason why government over the past decade embarked on a campaign to integrate computer skills into the primary schools’ curriculum. It was discovered that the ratio of one computer to children in rural schools is 1:20. In the same sample space, the ratio computer literate instructors were 1:100. Some remote parts of Uganda can’t use computers because there is no electricity. Therefore, there’s still a lot to be done to achieve computer literacy in Uganda.

The urban areas on the other hand have a commendable level of computer literacy at primary school level because of better logistical and skills instruction resources; an advantage created by urban development. Also, ‘urban children’ have greater computer skills than their rural counterparts because they have a chance at ‘informal computer learning ‘ attained from playing about with their parents’ personal computers and laptops. So by the time they get to secondary level, the average Ugandan children in an urban setting have mastered basic computer programs like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and they know how to use email and internet.

The above illustrations present an imbalance of computer literacy in Uganda yet everyone deserves basic computer knowledge in life. University students today type their coursework. Lecturers no longer have time read the work of a thousand students. Some receive their semester content via email so they have to know what to do with things like ‘attachments’ among others. Even an illiterate taxi owner needs an email address, which is a prerequisite for acquiring a Tax Identification Number (TIN).

Ugandans can make international business transactions without leaving the country thanks to computers. Today, we utility bills using our mobile phones, withdraw money on ATMs without the hustle of endless queues in banks.

Computers are also more fast and efficient than human beings and these basic attributes of theirs should not be overlooked because they invariably ease work all around us. In an office setting for example, information storage is made easy and convenient by computers; e files can be stored on hard disks as opposed to physical hard copies that are not only bulky but easy to destroy. On the other hand, saved information files can be backed up on different sources which eliminates the risk of total data loss. Computers are also less prone to errors than human beings, not to mention that they also have a great memory!

It is about time we embraced computers and made good use of them so as to compete favorably in the global market.

A Guide Around the UTAMU E-library

As globalization confidently takes over our way of life, it is time for us to embrace technology to avoid being overtaken by events. At UTAMU, the e-error has totally taken over.  E-learning and e-library are some of those words that have become synonymous with the typical UTAMU geek. Just to make sure everyone catches up with the geek, this article aims at giving you a walk around the UTAMU E-library.

Paulo Hyuha is an Assistant Librarian at UTAMU. Hyuha holds a Bachelor's degree in Library & Information Science from Makerere University, and has vast knowledge in fields of knowledge organization & Management, Digital or Virtual Libraries, Archives and Records Management, Museulogy and Information governance.  

UTAMU News team had an insightful interview with Hyuha as he gives a tour around the e-library he passionately works with.

Tell us about library and information services at UTAMU

Paulo Hyuha
Assistant Librarian,
The core function of UTAMU Library Service is to support the mission and vision of the university. UTAMU’s online library portal (e-Library) provides a vast collection of information resources that support teaching, learning and research of academic staff, students and the public. While it profiles a big collection of closed access ebooks and ejournals strictly accessed by UTAMU students and staff, it also has open access resources that are free and open to the general public.

To access UTAMU e-library, simply log on to www.library.utamu.ac.ug and register or login if you are already registered.

When you talk about e-library, what exactly do you mean?

Another term for an E-library is a Digital Library. A digital library is a collection of digital documents or objects. Smith (2001) defined a digital library as an organized and focused collection of digital objects, including text, images, video and audio, with the methods of access and retrieval and for the selection, creation, organization, maintenance and sharing of collection.

“Digital Libraries are organizations that provide the resources, including the specialized staff to select, structure, offer intellectual access to interpret, distribute, preserve the integrity of and ensure the persistence over time of collections of digital works so that they are readily and economically available for use by a defined community or set of communities.” DLF (2001)

Information and Communication Technology has revolutionized the concept of libraries. All world libraries are embracing the process of information democratization so as to meet the ever changing needs of their patrons. Each and every library is slowly getting digitalized. A 'digital library' comprises digital collections, services and infrastructure to support lifelong learning, research, scholarly communication as well as preservation and conservation of our recorded knowledge. It is also a process of democratization of information.

In general terms, an e-library is a computerized system that allows users to obtain a coherent means of access to an organized, electronically stored repository of information and data. The digital library is an electronic library consisting of information in the digital and analog form.

What are the advantages of an E- Library compared to the physical library?

A digital library is not limited to a particular location or a building. It is virtually distributed all over the world. The user can get his/ her information on his own computer screen by using the Internet. Actually, it is a network of multimedia system, which provides fingertip access. Digital libraries bring significant benefits to the users through the following features;

Improved access / No physical Boundary: Digital libraries are typically accessed through the Internet and Compact Disc-Read Only Memory (CD-ROM). They can be accessed virtually from anywhere and at anytime. They are not tied to the physical location and operating hours of traditional library. The user of a digital library need not to go to the library physically, people from all over the world could gain access to the same information, as long as an Internet connection is available.

Wider access/ Multiple Accesses: A digital library can meet simultaneous access requests for a document by easily creating multiple instances or copies of the requested document. It can also meet the requirements of a larger population of users easily. The same resources can be used at the same time by a number of users.

Round the Clock Availability: Digital libraries can be accessed at any time, 24 hours a day and 365 days of the year. This feature is not common with traditional physical libraries. For instance UTAMU elibrary is ever open and our students can access it anytime, anywhere provided they are connected to a global network.

Improved information Sharing: Through the appropriate metadata and information exchange protocols, the digital libraries can easily share information with other similar digital libraries and provide enhanced access to users. In addition, patrons can also use web2.0 tools to enhance information sharing and exchange.

Improved preservation and Conservation: Since the electronic documents are not prone to physical wear and tear, their exact copies can easily be made, the digital libraries facilitate preservation of special and rare documents and artifacts by providing access to digital versions of these entities. An exact copy of the original can be made any number of times without any degradation in quality.

Structured Approach: Digital library provides access to much richer content in a more structured manner i.e. one can easily move from the catalog to the particular book then to a particular chapter and so on. For the kindles, readers can even search for the meaning of words and terms that may seem strange to them.

Information Retrieval: the user is able to use any search term bellowing to the word or phrase of the entire collection. Digital library will provide very user friendly interfaces, giving clickable access to its resources. With digital libraries, users have several search options such as by author, title, subject and ISBN among others.

Networking: A particular digital library can provide the link to any other resources of other digital library very easily thus a seamlessly integrated resource sharing can be achieved.

Space: whereas traditional libraries are limited by storage space, digital libraries have the potential to store much more information, simply because digital information requires very little physical space to contain them. Digital libraries take advantage of cloud storage unlike the physical traditional libraries.

However, the computer viruses, lack of standardization for digitalized information, quick degrading properties of digitalized material, poor bandwidth, copyright violations, different display standard of digital product and its associated problem, health hazard nature of the radiation from monitor, technophobia and computer illiteracy and many others sometimes handicaps digital libraries.

How unique are UTAMU’s Library services?

UTAMU library services are unique in a sense that there is a library and collection development policy that guides the choice/selection and acquisition of library/information materials in relation to the varying patron information needs.

Our university library acquires materials that support the teaching, learning and research. At UTAMU, every user has access to his/her own information resources and there are no cases of inadequacies when it comes to information resources.

The e-library is a new concept to students in Uganda; how has this affected your work?

I have continued to acquire new skills in ICTs and this has made my work easier. In addition, I continuously read professional literature and undertake free online courses conducted by online library associations and networks. This has kept me abreast with the current developments in the field of library and information science.

With the cross cutting ICT courses among UTAMU programmes, students too are getting to appreciate this e-era. World over, the e-library has become the in thing for most international universities. Household names like Havard, Birmingham, Oxford all have fully functional e-libraries. I believe our students are on the right track by embracing the e-library concept

Owing to advancement of ICTs, academic libraries have radically transformed today and academic librarians have new roles to fulfill the incessantly changing needs of library customers to remain relevant in the 21st century. Dr. S. R. Ranganathan stated “Librarianship is a noble profession. A librarian derives his joy by seeing the dawn of joy in the face of the readers, helped by him to find the right book at the right time”.

What message do you have for students who have a problem embracing the e-library?

We are in the age of a networked society (digital era and e-world) where information technology in addition to its use in all spheres of human activity has been used extensively to record, store, and disseminate the information in the digital form. Information technology has converted the world into one global village. Libraries are also changing to remain relevant.

In order to manage the changing library environment, students need to familiar themselves with necessary modern technologies and tools in their online information harvesting work environment and understand their information needs before actual search.

Paulo Hyuha`s Process Map on how you can access the e-Library

The End of Local Marketing and the Eternity of Global Marketing: Part Two

By Dr. Robert Rutaagi

In Part one, we saw UMA and her Stakeholder gathered in Lugogo Show grounds, preaching the ‘buy local’ gospel as opposed to ‘buy foreign’ deviant behavior of Ugandans. In part two, we are going to share how, in the current era, the campaign does make sense. Was the ‘Buy Local Exhibition (BLE) Campaign’ campaign meant to discourage imports from Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Europe, India, China and United States of America (USA)? Was BLE purposed to increase domestic capacity utilization, promote employment, increase sales, improve profitability and market share and encourage exploitation of local natural resources? All these purposes are noble but serious stakeholders need to consider the following imponderables:

In early 1990s, Uganda, under the aegis and auspices of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (World Bank) and its associate, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Development Association (IDA), launched some macroeconomic policies of Liberalisation, Privatisation, Decentralisation, Regionalisation and Globalisation. Another ‘sation’sister was ‘Democratisation’. These ‘Sation Policies’ have not only liberalised the thinking, in terms of personalism (read: individualism), tribalism, nationalism, regionalism and globalism, but have also dismantled the archaic laws and national boundaries when it comes to economic operations such as: imports, exports, investments, human thinking and mobility.

Given the above scenario and the experience on the ground, a few questions emerge: Why were these policies adopted in Uganda? What are the implications of these macro economic policies and how will they affect micro-economic operations and the ‘Buy Local Evangelism by UMA and her stakeholders?

According to Marketing Principles and empirical research, Uganda is not yet competitive in many services and products in terms of quantity, quality, price, place (distribution) and promotional initiatives and technologies.

According to the World Trade Organization (WTO) criteria of competitiveness, for a product [or service] to be considered competitive in the global market [or any market], such a product or service must, interalia, be able to command a global market share of at least 3.25% for two consecutive years. Obviously, there are other tests (quality, quantity, price, delivery time etc). On the basis of the market share alone, not even our legendary export leader, for years (Coffee), consistently meets that technical criterion and, hence, may not be considered competitive in most of the years since the early

1950s! All our agricultural products are not competitive. Only roses and cobalt met the market share competitiveness litmus test for a few years before losing it (1998-2000).

What many Ugandans mistake for competitiveness is, by chance, being able to sell a product or service quite easily- any quantity of any quality in any market at any time. That is called temporary niche- market competitiveness (TNMC) which may not be sustainable for a long time, should macro and micro economics change. Niche marketing and technicalities were discussed in MC # 2 [UTAMU News Vol. No. Issue No].

Selling a few food stuffs or some exports to Southern Sudan market, does not, necessarily, mean that Uganda is competitive in Southern Sudan market. Likewise, by Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) selling some modest quantities [a few metric tones] of coffee in Chinese Market does not mean that UCDA has established a competitive market in China. Nescafe and Starburks are more competitive in China market, and for that matter, UCDA Uganda only has a niche market for Uganda coffee in Chinese market because of a few Chinese who fancy Uganda’s organic coffee. is uncompetitively competing with them at their whims (and that of the Chinese).

I am not in anyway, saying that Uganda should not export agricultural produce to Southern Sudan or coffee to China. My view is that we should aggressively exploit those niche opportunities and try to develop them into respectable levels of competitive market shares and consolidate them. Then, celebrate. Before that, we should know our shaky position and endeavor to do more homework.

Back to UMA’s “BLE” campaign. It was a good local sales promotion. By insisting on ‘Buy Local,’ that was bad ‘regional’ and ‘global’ marketing in this era of regional and global integration and marketing. In terms of ‘place,’ there was no added advantage.

What matters most is ‘product quality’, and ‘price’ of the product. Any consumer who visits supermarkets, does not care where the groceries come from but the quality, price, good package, brand name, utility, and customer service, not that “buy local” harassment.

In this dynamic era of regional, continental and global integration, liberalization and democratization, it is dangerous, in terms of marketing and proper international diplomacy, to keep entertaining local sentiments such ‘buy local’(medicine, clothes, books, religion, music, mobile phones, shoes, tonto, grass thatched houses etc).

Dr. Robert K. Rutaagi is a retired Public Sector Management Specialist, Writer & Freelance Journalist & Management Consultant with Pragma Consultants Ltd, Member of Senate & Adjunct Senior Lecturer of UTAMU.

Telephone: +256774644905+256774644905/7013830990/781224156.
E-mail: .
Blog: robertrutaagi.wordpress.com

Baby News

Joy Twebaze, a student at UTAMU offering Bachelor of Business Administration has been blessed with a baby boy.

The excited Joy told UTAMU News on phone that both she and the baby were discharged from hospital in a healthy condition.

This brings the number of new born babies at UTAMU to 2 in March this year. Ruth Nandyose, a senior Registrar at UTAMU also gave birth to a baby girl early this month.

UTAMU News wishes to congratulate both Joy and Ruth upon their new bundles of joy.

Choose a Hairstyle That Brings out The Best of You

By Hajara Lutaakome, BIST.

Every woman yearns to be attractive and beautiful. She always wants to stand out of the crowd. The things she likes are more than just the ordinary. Any sane woman will do whatever it takes to have a great appearance. Hair is one of those things that every lady is so conscious about. However much women put on expensive clothes and perfect makeup, if their hair is not well done, they will never feel confident about themselves.

In Uganda for example, as one walks down the streets of Kampala, just passing buy one of the country’s famous shopping centers, GAZALAND... if you are a lady, people will call you all sorts of names to sell to you their beauty products. You will hear them say, ‘sister, saloon’…...sister saloon and many others.

Due to the increasing number of trends evolving in the world today, women have no choice but to adopt the new trends. The market is now flooded with artificial hair pieces or extensions that come in different styles, textures, colours, brands as well as prices. Women today are literally spoilt for choice when it comes to hair extensions.

Women choose hair styles depending on what they love, what they do, who they look up to or according to their daily schedules. They usually change their hairstyles weekly, monthly, bimonthly and so on. Every woman desires to look new and fresh always.

But have you as a woman ever taken to figure out the kind of hairstyle that you should have?know which hair style to have, when and where? Here are a few hints that will help you choose a hairstyle that befits a woman like you.

The Busy Bee
You will need a simple, neat and smart hairstyle if you have a tight schedule. When you have so much to do in a day of just 24 hours, then you have to be good at time management by choosing pieces that do not ask for regular maintenance on daily basis. If you have a family ,tough job, business alongside other responsibilities, this is your ideal hairstyle.

The Celebrity
This type of hair style is common among models, actresses, fashion designers, music artists. They believe such hairdos describe them best and will market them to their fans. If you belong to this category,  you might want to choose a hair style that describes for example your music , your energy, something that is unique and pretty outstanding from what the common woman has. One that is way too different from the ordinary girl! Ladies, please don’t show up at work with one of these or you risk looking lost especially if you are a corporate lady.

Young and Trendy.
Young girls usually go in for a hair style that is trending. Some  want something that describes their personality or something that makes them look different from the girl next door. Usually, they want to make hairdos like those of their favorite artist or celebrity. However, some like it simple. They keep changing hairdos as trends change.

The Elderly.
An old and retired lady simply wants to enjoy the fruits of what she has worked for over the years. As some women grow older, they usually suffer hair loss.Though this hair loss is temporary, hair growth becomes slower than before. Old age is associated with elements of stress and a lot of sweating. This is why most of them prefer short simple hair for it's easy to manage and maintain. Some however want to catch up with trends and they go for longer hairstyles.

Whatever your style, a woman’s hair style says a lot about who is she, whether youth , wild, calm, trendy, old fashioned, famous and much more. It is one of those ways that women communicate to the public. Every hairstyle sends out a message.

To the ladies out there! Take time to choose a hairstyle that compliments you. A hairdo that attracts rants and negative perception is not worth your time and money. Remember, ladies are the flowers of the universe. Just like flowers, we ladies ought to look good all the time, be fresh always, attractive and smelling good. And so should be your hairstyle. So, go ahead and choose one that looks good on you and brings out the best of who you really are. Remember, a woman's hair is her crown of glory.

Unveiling UTAMU Youth Ministry

By Peter Ivan Otim, Student BSCS

Allow me to express our gratitude to the editorial team of UTAMU News for the work wonderfully done. They not only give something to look out for every Friday, but they have also managed to engage students and readers in information sharing and learning through this amazing platform.

I would like to use this platform to introduce to you the UTAMU Christian fellowship that is held every Friday from 1- 2pm. When I look back at the time I had just joined UTAMU, I was so excited by the fact that God had brought me into a new land and with a description of a pioneer student of a unique university!

My passion as a Christian to represent Christ everywhere I go woke me up to a possibility of carrying out his ministry in this new home. It is this ministry that touches lives as people witness transformation and great works of God.

When I was still contemplating this thought and taking God’s direction in prayer to reveal to me more insights on the next step, I discovered a number of other passionate young Christians who are my course mates and who God revealed the same idea of meeting together in fellowship as Christians with a purpose of doing God’s work.

As a family, we requested UTAMU administration to allow us to hold our fellowships at campus every Friday. Lucky enough, we were granted permission. A Christian fellowship is what we require as God’s children and the plan to fellowship always is what God desires. On 11th October 2013, we held our very first fellowship with a membership record of 11 students. We have since continued to meet just as the Bible tells us not to give up the spirit of meeting together as Christians.

We have been privileged to fellowship with a number of UTAMU staff members for amazing worship, prayers and sharing the word of God. To me, it’s a symbol that God’s plan is not only to transform lives of students through salvation, but also raise and equip administrators who fear him and are ready to represent his kingdom by taking part in a united harvest.

Psalms 127:1 says that unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. Everything on earth requires God’s intervention to be successful. Be it studies, business, marriage, parenting, talents name them! Remember the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. It’s necessary for all mankind to look up to their creator for all their desires.

UTAMU youth ministry exists with a purpose of setting a foundation for Christians to engage with non-Christians, to share the word of God and growing spiritually together through discipleship. I believe that building a strong Christian fellowship requires the development of an atmosphere of love and acceptance among its members.

This makes it possible for us to share our challenges that we go through on a daily basis, pray together, comfort our friends who are going through hard times and together with faith surrendering them to God and testifying for the goodness he has brought to us.

My prayer is that the Holy Spirit leads us through every activity that will be undertaken by our Christian family, touching individual lives of students, staff and other stakeholders of UTAMU.

I am sure that this foundation God has laid at this magnificent university will exist to impact lives for as long as the university exists.

May God bless you and we are looking forward to welcoming you to God’s family always.