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Meet Brendah Kangave, UTAMU’s Ray of Hope

Brendah Kangave
Brendah is a 2nd year student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Uganda Technology and Management University. She is also a student leader who represents female students in the Senate.

She is not only a leader and a student but also one of shining stars at UTAMU. During community engagement, Brenda successfully managed to improve on records management at a primary school in one of Kampala’s suburbs.

“I was offered placement to undertake community engagement at Life Care Nursery and Primary School in Kawempe. While there, I noticed the traditional and out fashioned way school records were being managed and I immediately thought that there was a better way of properly keeping and managing records. Our lecturers always tell us to be the change that we want see in society and not to be part of the problems”, she recalls.

Brenda says she teamed up with other staff members and embarked on building a modern records management system for the school.

The system according to Brendah eases work, saves time and helps the user to retrieve information whenever they need it and make decisions based on the data.

“It was a lot of work because we had to collect and do data entry for students, finance and administration and some members of staff were not cooperative”, she recites the challenges.

Nonetheless, Brenda was determined and never gave up. She says she also had to train a number of staff on how to use the system since they were computer illiterate.

Today, she prides in championing a project that has improved on the records management at the school. “It gives me joy to know that I found a solution to a problem. My community engagement time has enabled me to create new contacts, made me more confident and above all, I was promised a job opportunity when I complete my studies”, a happy Brenda narrates.

When asked what she has learnt during community engagement, Brenda is quick to say that she has acquired more skills in programming and website development. She noted that she also learnt how to deal with different people, office etiquette and acquired exposure in different aspects of life.

Brenda urges students not to underestimate the benefits of community engagement but rather take challenges and turn them into opportunities.

“I know most organizations look down on 1st year students but be open minded, apply the skills you have acquired and have the willingness to learn from your superiors”, Brendah advises.

Remembering Passwords Made Easy

Remembering and protecting all of your bank account numbers, email ID, and ATM passwords is proving to be a very difficult task nowadays.

Research shows that More than 60% of us can’t remember our passwords. But thanks to innovations, now a very secure and handy USB drive tool named myIDkey is on the market to vanish your headache forever.

myIDkey is a voice-activated, fingerprint secure Bluetooth / USB Drive that displays passwords and personal info online and on the go.

The team at myIDkey recognized a familiar pain point in the life of most digital users: remembering passwords. With that in mind, they created the most complete solution for securely saving, managing, displaying and protecting personal IDs, passwords and files. Using biometric technology, myIDkey authenticates your identity and safely displays your information on the go.

myIDkey works with iOS and Android devices and seamlessly updates your information to the device through free apps via WiFi. Laptop and desktop computers connect via WiFi or USB and your personal information is updated via myIDkey’s web portal.

myIDkey is portable, makes managing your passwords simple and accessible every time you need it. Designed to work with a smartphone app, you can back up your USB data to cloud based database.

In case your device reaches in wrong hands, the devices will auto-delete all your information from itself.

Note From the Editor 41


Welcome to the 41st issue of UTAMU News.

This week saw UTAMU Council ratify the Graduate School bringing the number of schools at UTAMU to four. Graduate School will be in charge of developing, coordinating and managing post graduate diploma programmes, master’s programmes and PhD programmes.

Also this week UTAMU rolled out more programmes including postgraduate and diploma programmes in ICT, business and management giving Ugandans more career options to choose from come September 2014.

In our feature section this week, we give you insights into the School of professional and vocational education. What the school offers, the various programmes there in and why you might consider enrolling for one of these programmes.

Don’t miss tips on leadership and management, the latest technology news and much more.

Enjoy Vol. Issue 41

Unveiling the School of Professional & Vocational Education

Dr. Florence Tushabe
When UTAMU opened its doors in March 2013, it kicked off with a number of programmes classified in two Schools; - the school of computing and Engineering and the School of Business and Management.

Today, it boasts of four schools including the school of Professional and vocational Education and the Graduate School. Today, we explore what the school of Professional and vocational Education is all about.

Brains behind the establishment of this school recognize that currently, more and more graduates on the local market lack employability skills hence, the need to introduce programmes of a vocational nature that will provide hands-on skills, practical and the much needed skills to compete favourably in today’s market.

The School aims at providing a conducive environment that supports students to be innovative and engage in practical work not only to earn a living but also promote professional and personal growth.

The School's Mandate

The School of Professional and Vocational Educations’ main mandate is to house, coordinate and manage undergraduate diplomas, professional and vocational training at UTAMU and coordinate professional, vocational and technical training in institutions that are partnering with Uganda Technology and Management University in the implementation of professional, vocational and technical education in Uganda. Currently, the School offers vocational, diploma, certificate and access programmes. Programmes;

1. Diploma Programmes
The has school has already rolled out four undergraduate diploma programmes. They include; (i) Diploma in Computing (ii) Diploma in Business Administration (iii) Diploma in Project Planning and Management and a Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management.

The number of undergraduate diploma programmes are expected to increase since they feed into the degree programmes and are much needed in the job market. The School shall house, coordinate and manage the UTAMU undergraduate diploma programmes in liaison with the other schools in the University.

2. Professional Programmes
The School shall house all Professional programmmes developed, administered and accredited by internationally or nationally recognized bodies. The School would act as training and testing center for such programs, but the certification is given by the recognized professional body. UTAMU already runs the following professional programmes which include:

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Cisco IT Essentials (PC Hardware Repair & Maintenance) 
  • Cyberoam Certified Network & Security Professional (CCNSP) 
  • HCDA (Huawei Certified Datacom Associate – Huawei Networking
  • HCDPHuawei Certified Datacom Professional 
  • Chartered certified accountant (ACCA), 
  • Certified Public Accountant (CCA)

3. Short Course Programmes,

The school will be charged with developing, coordinating, training, managing and certifying such Short Course Programmes programs.UTAMU already runs the following short courses:

Courses in Computing and Engineering;

  • Certificate in Computer Applications and Systems (CCAS) 
  • Certificate in Cyber Security
  • Certificate in Mobile Application Development (CMAD) 
  • Certification in Linux Administration (CLA)
  • Improving Enterprise Network Performance 
  • Improving Enterprise Switched Networks (IESN)

Courses in Business and Management;

  •  Ethics, Good Governance and Accountability for Government 
  • Public Service Management: Skills for Senior Managers
  • Public Policy Formulation and Implementation 
  • Public Policy Analysis 
  • Leading Change, Team Building and Transformational Leadership 
  • Strategic Leadership in Public Management 
  • Organizational Change and Development
  • Women and Leadership
  • Report Writing Skills for Senior Managers 
  • Organizational Conflict Management Skills 
  • Occupational Safety Health and Safety in Government 
  • Effective Workshop Planning and Management 
  • E-Governance strategy and Implementation 
  • Strategic Planning and Management
  • Management skills for senior Managers
  • Effective Management controls 
  • Writing Memo and Minutes in Government
  • Time Management and Public Speaking
  • Customer Care and Public Relations in Government
  • Participatory Approaches to Government
  • Effective Resource Mobilization and Management
  • Restructuring and Organizational systems Auditing 
  • Corporate Governance and Supervisory Skills 
  • E-Procurement Management for Public sector
  • Public Procurement Management and Administration
  • Public Financial Management for Government officials
  • Financial Planning and Management in Public sector
  • Contract management and tendering process 
  • Basic Accounting and Financial Management 
  • Procurement and Logistics Management 
  • Stores Management and Inventory Control
  • Transport and Fleet Management
  • Developing and Managing Contracts
  • Measuring the performance of Government contractors
  • Financial Management for Non-financial Managers 
  • Personal finance Principles and Practices
  • Financial Reporting and Accountability
  • Project Management 
  • Fundamentals of Project Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Project Planning and Effective Programme Management 
  • Results-Based Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Government Projects and Programmes
  • Managing Community Development Projects
  • Effective Project Construction Management 
  • Project Costing and Estimation Systems 
  • Project Management Information systems
  • Statistics for Monitoring and Evaluation 
  • Project and Programme Evaluation Systems
  • Evaluation of Development Policies, Projects and Programmes
  • Research Methodology and Consultancy Development 
  • Statistical Package for Social Scientists (SPSS)
  • Research Methods: Proposal Development 
  • Research Methods: Data Analysis and Interpretation 
  • Research Methods: Report Writing
  • Consultancy Skills Development 
  • Essentials for Funding Proposal Writing
  • Effective skills for Graduate supervision

4. Vocational Studies

The School shall link students to vocational Institutions and the manufacturing and fabrication sector in order to boost internship, multidisciplinary solutions and innovation outputs.

5. Access Programs

Students who do not qualify for admission to undergraduate programmes due to lack of the A’ level certificate will have a chance to undertake a course to acquire an equivalent of an A’Level certificate.

Students from countries with differing educational structures like Kenya and South Sudan will be supported to attain additional training (access programmes) to enable them to match Uganda National council for Higher Education standards.The School shall therefore establish and run Access programs so that such students can also get the opportunity to study at UTAMU.

The Director for Engagement, Research and Innovation, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Florence Tushabe will coordinate and oversee operations of the School of Professional and Vocational Education.

Over 30 Admitted on the MUST - UTAMU PhD Programme

Assoc. Prof. Dr.
Rehema Baguma
Over 30 students who applied to enroll for PhD programmes under the MUST-UTAMU PhD joint programme have successfully been admitted.

According to UTAMU’s Director for Academic Affairs, Assoc. Prof. Dr. RehemaBaguma, the number of applicants was overwhelming but so far 30 met the requirements needed to enroll for PhD courses.

“In a joint admissions meeting held by MUST and UTAMU on 24th June 2014, 30 applicants met the admission requirements and were admitted on various PhD programmes including: PhD in Computing, PhD in Management, PhD in Development Studies, PhD in Business Administration, PhD in Public Administration and a PhD in Economics”, she noted.

Their first Semester which kicks off in August this year will see students start their PhD journey where they are expected to contribute to finding solutions to development challenges in Uganda, E. Africa and beyond.

“We intend to train and nurture students to acquire knowledge, competencies and skills in technology and management that will enable them to analyse the current development problems in and outside Uganda and provide solutions”, she emphasized.

UTAMU partnered with Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) to develop a joint institutional capacity building programme aimed at filling the doctoral gaps in the East African region.

Prof. Basheka Tips Varsity Leaders on Effeciency

Prof. Benon Basheka
The Dean School of Business and Management, Prof. Benon C. Bashekahas urged managers and leaders of higher institutions of learning to exercise a high degree of efficiency and transparency while handling operations of the institutions they lead.

While addressing Vice Chancellors from both public and private Universities in Uganda on the best practice of corporate governance in higher education institutions at Hotel African on Friday June 20th 2104, Basheka disclosed that the Image of any university or institution is determined by the caliber of leaders and managers.

He underscored the need to uphold the best practices of governance like accountability, transparency, efficiency, equity and participation in all university operations to promote good governance.

“Universities are no longer regarded as ivory towers- you as leaders are now increasingly challenged to show why you exist. As leaders of an enterprise, assess whether the services you offer to your clients are of high or poor quality”. Basheka noted.

He reminded participants to be innovative noting that Solutions that addressed problems in the previous generations may now not work today and tomorrow due to the complexity of changes. “Universities today operate in a globalised environment and this has expectations on the way managers and leaders run these enterprises”.

He further challenged academic leaders and managers to be more inspirational and provide a sense of direction in advancing the corporate strategy of Universities stressing that they need to regularly monitor, review and assess educational and development programmes in their institutions.

“I encourage you to engage in more constructive and challenging discourse with management and provide the type of useful analysis that enables you to pursue increasingly higher levels of performance and transform your institutions”, Basheka stressed.

UTAMU Council Approves Graduate School

Council convenes to deliberate on University's way forward
The Uganda Technology and Management University Council has approved a proposal to operationalise UTAMU Graduate School, a one stop centre for monitoring, coordinating and managing all post graduate training in various disciplines in ICT, business and management at UTAMU.

The council also approved the School of Professional and Vocational Education, which had been recommended by UTAMU Senate. This occurred on Wednesday, 25th June 2014, during the third Council meeting which was held at the UTAMU board room at Twed towers.

According to the Chairperson, UTAMU Council, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Joseph Kasumba Ssewanyana, the UTAMU Graduate School will be instrumental in addressing the growing need for graduate training in various service sectors in Uganda.

“UTAMU has already been handling a lot of postgraduate training through partnerships with Mbarara University of Science & Technology and Amity University. With the accreditation of various UTAMU postgraduate programmes by the National Council for higher education, there is no doubt there will be a lot of post graduate activities that need close monitoring to ensure the quality that UTAMU stands for,” Ssewanyana told the UTAMU news team after the meeting.

Ssewanyana also informed the news team that council had also approved the appointment of various UTAMU staff who had been initially vetted by the University’s Appointments Board. He noted that these had been presented to council by Prof. Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo, who is the Chairperson of the UTAMU Appointments Board.

The 3rd UTAMU Council meeting was attended by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Joseph K. Sewanyana, Prof. Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo, Mr. Rtn. J. Paul Kinyera, Prof. Baryamureeba, Prof. Jude T. Lubega, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rehema Baguma.

The council is the supreme organ of the University responsible for policy formulation and the overall administration of the objects and functions of the University. The council also monitors the administrative, financial and academic affairs of the University and gives general guidelines to both the administration and academic staff on issues related to the University operations.

Prof. Baryamureeba shares his opinion with council members during the
3rd Council meeting

UTAMU Rolls out Post Graduate Diploma Programmes

Prof. V. Baryamureeba
UTAMU will be offering, beginning this September new postgraduate and diploma programmes in ICT, business, management and oil governance disciplines.

During a Management Strategy meeting on Monday 23rd June 2014, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba disclosed that all the programmes had been accredited by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).

The new UTAMU Postgraduate Diploma programmes include; Postgraduate Diploma in Computing, Postgraduate Diploma in Oil Governance and Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Public Procurement, Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management and Development, Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Project Monitoring and Evaluation and Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration.

According to Baryamureeba, the new Diploma Programmes include; Diploma in Computing, Diploma in Business Administration, Diploma in Project Planning & Management and a Diploma in Procurement and Supply Chain Management.

Prof. Baryamureeba while announcing the news to UTAMU community highlighted that through these new academic programmes, UTAMU will continue to touch the lives of Ugandans by offering skills and knowledge relevant to the current challenges.

“Our mission is to revolutionalise higher education through offering practicability and employability skills. With a variety of carefully designed programmes now on board coupled with a highly qualified and skilled team, we shall make a difference”, Baryamureeba boasted.

He urges Ugandans and people within the East African Region to enroll for UTAMU academic programmes adding that they are fully packaged to produce all round graduates with the ability to 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.

Summer Training: What the Coaches Say

So far, it has been a good course to ride on.

The students are a really interesting and I bet our interview sessions were not taken for granted. A number of students are picking up so fast and others need more guidance to make them get the gist.

We started the Course with 24 Students on the 2nd of June 2014 and as I speak, we are remaining with 22 students. The two students were dismissed from the program for failure to abide by the ground rules. Our efforts to reach them were futile and we noticed their excuses were endless.

In week 1, we introduced them to Mendix Basic Course and Communication skills. In week 2, we covered the Advanced course in Mendix and doing documentation (Standup meeting Notes, Software Documentation). We did also introduce them to Leadership Skills and Teamwork through talks. In week 3, we are doing practical sessions on both the Class Project and the Team Business Case Scenarios.

That notwithstanding, all these students still need more guidance and Flock of Birds is here to do that. I have noticed that most of them are determined and that’s what matters. With time, they will get in the system.

All the individuals that we have in the training are of great importance to each other in their teams and it is a spirit that we are trying to grow.

Our Key focus point is ‘’Enabling the Growth of an Individual as whole; ability to handle the technicalities through Mendix as a development platform, ability to work in cohesion (team work), ability to guide and lead others through role plays, ability to communicate effectively and how best to approach clients’’.

With this philosophy, I believe we shall soar.

Note From the Editor 40


Welcome to yet another issue of UTAMU News.

This week, UTAMU Senate- the supreme governing body of the University agreed to roll out yet a new School codenamed ‘School of Professional and Vocational Education. The School will be running diploma programmes, professional programmes and short course training in vocational studies.

Still in this issue, UTAMU Dons hoisted our flag higher through actively engaging in nation building activities. Read on and know what they did and where the events took place.

The News team this week paid a courtesy visit to students taking part in the 10- week Summer training and they shared their experiences and progress.

Ladies and gentlemen,enjoy Vol. Issue 40

Students Share Summer Training Experiences

The Summer training kicked off on 2nd June 2014 and over 20 students from various Universities are being taken through Mendix programming, Agile development alongside soft skills. UTAMU News spoke to students about the progress of the training and their experiences so far. Their responses are reproduced below;
Akim Ojok Ali, UTAMU
Within 3 weeks, we have learnt the core concepts of the basic Mendix course, the advanced level and implemented practical software development. We have mingled, made new friends, interacted and shared ideas. Our coaches have upheld core values of discipline and teamwork. I have no doubt this training will produce a team of better software developers, better communicators with a strong spirit of teamwork.
Osbert Mwijukye, Kyambogo University
This is an awesome training. It couldn’t have come at a better time because I have learnt a lot. I am very optimistic that by the end of training, I will have the ability to solve problems in different organizations using mendix platform. I thank UTAMU too for allowing us to learn even when we are not students here. We have been given free access to computers and internet and other resources. What more could I ask for? Wish all other institutions could borrow a leaf
Mariam Nalusiba, KampaBits
I have acquired both soft and hard skills. I have learnt how to effectively communicate to people, obtained software development and marketing skills. So far so good!

Solomon Nkusi, MUK
I believe with Mendix skills, I will achieve my dream of becoming professional developer. The 3 weeks I have spent here have taught me great lessons. I have not yet mastered all the features of mendix and I want to learn more about Agile development.
Vincent Kato, KampaBits Digital Design School
When I was asked to introduce myself at the beginning of this training, I became nervous. Most of my colleagues are from Universities and I come from a mere College. But as the training progressed, I have grown more confident and I know that what matters at the end of the day, is the skills that one possesses. The training has greatly improved on my client relations, assessment and team work skills. One challenge though is that my colleagues assume that since I am from a College, there is nothing they can learn from me.
Muliika Hannisia, Makerere University
I am learning and exploring new things about Mendix platform each new day. I am pursuing a bachelor’s in software Engineering and I am very passionate about software development. Certainly this training will improve on my skills in this field. The challenge though is that I stay far but my zeal and commitment won’t let anything get into my way
Emmanual Lyada, 3rd Year Student, Makerere University
The training has enlightened me about quick and easy methods of solving problems, how to approach a client and market my product, developing business case approaches, effective communication and the power of teamwork
Kenneth Twesigye, 1st Year student, UTAMU
This is the 3rd week into the training and a lot has changed about me. I have acquired skills that even some graduates don’t possess in software development. What makes it more interesting is the quality of our coaches. They are superb and they offer us both soft and hard skills. We have shared on communication, leadership, games and a lot more alongside software development. Big ups to Flock of Birds
Rebecca Kalende, MUST
I never knew a thing about Mendix programme but I have got hands-on skills on this platform. The trainers are patient with us and they are doing a commendable job. Thank you UTAMU and Flock of Birds for giving us an opportunity to acquire employability skills. I will definitely take the good news back home and I wish to see more and more students learn more in ICT
Dorothy Nalwadda, Makerere University
I have had quite an interesting time so far. I like the way the training is conducted; work is done on schedule, our coaches are keen and doing all they can to groom us. I have learnt how to deal with clients, develop budding applications using Agile and I am a better communicator now. Thanks to all the sponsors and I hope to see more of these.
Christine Atuhairwe, MUST
At first I thought things would be really tough for me. But as time went on, I noticed that I have become fond of the training. Our Coaches are really good at their work. They take time to explain and make all of us understand the concepts of Mendix platform and I believe that by the end of this training, I will be a better developer.
Katsigazi Nickson
From the word go, 2nd June 2014 ushered in a whole new experience in software development. I have learnt much about Mendix platform, Agile development and I am a better person already. Our coaches too have taught us how to communicate through speeches, writing, emails and how to work in a team. I look forward to completing my training and learning more.

UTAMU Hosts Evaluation Seminar

A cross section of evaluation practioners during the seminar
In its efforts to provide global quality education, research and Innovation, UTAMU in partnership with German-Ugandan Development Cooperation (GIZ) hosted the Gender-Based Violence Seminar aimed at getting contributions on ways of improving evaluation exercise to curb gender violence in Uganda.

The seminar which attracted evaluation practioners, consultants from academic institutions and government officials took place on Friday 13th June 2014 at the UTAMU facility- International Resource Centre in Bugolobi.

Participants discussed on the practicability of methods that can be employed to address gender related violence.

One of the presenters Dr. Stephen Kyakulumbye, a Project Management specialist at Uganda Management Institute (UMI) during the seminar expressed concern over the soaring numbers of gender related victims noting that there is an urgent need to avert the situation.

“We all deserve to be in healthy relationships, live in social harmony and communicate to our partners. In an event that our partners become abusive, violent and brutal, I encourage people to run for their dear lives”, he advised.

Kyakulabye who has undertaken numerous research projects in gender violence noted that women are the common victims of this vice stressing that one out of five women in the world experiences gender violence. “We are currently partnering with cultural and religious leaders to condemn gender abusive practices in society, he added.

UTAMU is partnering with GIZ to implement the Master of Evaluation (MEval) under the Evaluation Capacity Development (ECD) project and both parties are in the process of concreting plans that will see UTAMU pioneer an online Master of evaluation programme.

Dr. Stephen Kyakulumbye presents during evaluation seminar

Prof. Barya Roots for Technical & Vocational Training in EA

Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba has urged East African governments to invest in technical and vocational training in a bid to alleviate poverty and steer socio-economic transformation.

Speaking during the International Vocational Educational and Training Association (IVETA) Conference on Wednesday 18th June 2014 at Hotel Africana, Baryamureeba noted that developing countries have no choice but to embrace Technical, Vocational Educational Training (TVET) as a necessity and precondition for development.

“TVET is often considered as second last education compared to the mainstream academic branch but it has increasingly become a master key to poverty alleviation and social cohesion. In China for example, skilled laborers represent the backbone of the current economic expansion and at least a third of all secondary school students are enrolled in vocational schools”, he added.

Baryamureeba emphasized that vocational and technical skills have the potential to facilitate countries to jump on the bandwagon of development and globalization through better and gainful employment of the youth and labour force.

“Young people need skills that are flexible and relevant to the demands of a constantly evolving labour market and such skills will unquestionably enhance a country’s productivity, reduce income inequality and offset the high costs of the brain-drain in developing countries”, he highlighted.

Baryamureeba gave the keynote address in his capacity as the Chairperson of Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB).

The 3-day conference which attracted high level professionals, policy makers, researchers and practitioners in vocational education and training across the world was organized by Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board (UBTEB) in collaboration with IVETA.

IVETA is a network of vocational educators that includes vocational skills training organisations, business and industrial firms, education assessment boards, researchers and policy makers worldwide whose mandate is to provide an in-depth coverage of critical issues in vocational education and training and offer a global network of people to learn new ideas, programs, and techniques for a self sustaining generation.

UTAMU Senate Operationalises School of Professional and Vocational Studies

A cross section of UTAMU senate members
UTAMU Senate has unanimously agreed to operationalise the School of Professional and Vocational education at UTAMU.

The 5th senate acknowledged the significance of the new school which was presented by the Director for Engagement, Research and Innovation, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Florence Tushabe on Tuesday 17th June 2014 at UTAMU Head office on Twed Towers during the UTAMU Senate meeting.

According to Tushabe, the School’s main mandate is to coordinate and manage vocational training in institutions that UTAMU is partnering with in the implementation of professional and vocational education in Uganda. “The School will also be running diploma programmes, professional programmes, short course trainings, vocational studies and access programs among others”, Tushabe noted.

The UTAMU Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jude Lubega, also presented the UTAMU Graduate School proposal, an idea that was highly welcomed by the Senate members. The UTAMU Graduate School will mainly coordinate and manage all graduate training and research at UTAMU. While it is yet to be operationalized, the school has already received a green light from senate.

The UTAMU Senate has 15 members and is headed by the UTAMU Vice Chancellor Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba. It is the supreme governing body in the academic matters of UTAMU. Subject to the powers of Council, Senate's role is to promote, oversee and regulate the teaching and research work of the University.

The UTAMU Senate is also an academic governance and regulatory body responsible for  making decisions on particular academic matters, offers a debating platform for key academic issues and a forum for information gathering and dissemination.

Notable members of the Senate who were present at the meeting included Prof. Baryamureeba, Prof. Benon C. Basheka, Dr. Robert Rutaagi, Dr. Marting Kalibala, Dr. Nassan Tandekwire and Dr. Geoffrey Bakunda. Others present included Assoc. Prof. Dr. Florence Tushabe, Prof. Jude Lubega, Dr. Johnson Mwebaze and Assoc. Prof. John Ngubiri

UTAMU Dons Take Part in Vice Chancellors Forum

The Vice Chancellor Prof. V. Baryamureeba together with the Dean, School of Business and Management, Prof. Benon C. Basheka are taking part in the strategic leadership seminar for Vice chancellors of all universities in Uganda at Hotel Africana.

Prof. Basheka, one of the key speakers at the ongoing seminar is expected to make a keynote address on the topic “Best practices on corporate governance of higher education institutions”.

The seminar which has attracted Vice Chancellors from both Public and private Ugandan Universities is aimed at internalizing strategic governance issues within higher education institutions in Uganda and was organized by organized by Uganda National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).

Prof. Baryamureeba is the chairperson of Uganda Vice Chancellor’s Forum, an umbrella organization that brings together Vice chancellors from both public and private universities in Uganda.

The forum aims at promoting relations and cooperation among recognised Universities in the country, enhance sharing of knowledge, information and good practices in member institutions as well as advise government and other relevant bodies on various methods and policies of promoting University Education in Uganda.

Poll Question 39

The national budget for the financial year 2014/ 2015 was presented by the Finance Minister Ms Maria Kiwanuka on Thursday 12th June 2014. Funds were allocated to different sectors and new taxes were introduced on several items.

What’s your take on this year’s budget?

Ugandans to Pay More on Fuel, Sugar and Mobile Money

Ugandans will have to dig deeper in their pockets to purchase fuel, sugar, withdrawals on mobile money, bank charges and money transfer fees in bid to enable the country to generate more revenue.

TheMinister of Finance Ms Maria Kiwanuka while reading the budget for the financial year 2014/15 on Thursday 12th June 2014 at Serena International Conference Centre said the proposed excise duties on these items will enable government to increase revenue collections to meet government expenditures.

Petrol and diesel have been increased by 50 shillings, 200 shillings per litre of kerosene has been reinstated, sugar has been increased from 25 shillings to 50 shillings, 10% fees will be charged on withdrawals on Mobile Money, 10% on bank charges and money transfer fees and 15% tax on Sports Betting.

In the budget, government has allocated Shs 1,699.4 billion to the education sector in the next financial year to enhance the quality of education. Priorities to be implemented include the enhancement of Teachers’ salaries with emphasis on Primary School Teachers. Still in the education sector, government intends to operationalise and expand the Student Loan Scheme with emphasis on science and vocational training.

Shs 1,197.8bn has been allocated to the health sector to enable implementation of the Government priority programs.

Sh1,005.5b has been allocated to the security sector

Works and Transport sector was given Ush2,575.5b. Uganda Road Fund has been given Ush 75b to facilitate the maintenance and rehabilitation of approximately 10,000km of national, district, urban roads and community access roads across the country.

Sh 1,675.7b has been allocated to the Energy and Minerals sector to undertake mineral development.

Kiwanuka noted that this year’s budget has prioritised implementation of actions that will positively impact the livelihoods of a majority of Ugandans such as education, health, water and agriculture, among others.

“For rural farmers and the business community, the budget aims at enhancing the availability of electricity and transport infrastructure to enable in order to reduce the cost of doing business. For potential entrepreneurs and job seekers, especially the youth, the budget provides opportunity for appropriate skills development for the market, and access to investment finance. For the Uganda worker, pension sector reforms are aimed at securing incomes in retirement, and also ensure efficient savings mobilization for sustainable and long term development, without compromising social security protection of the workers”, she added.

Visit this link for details about this year’s budget. http://skaheru.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/uganda-minister-of-finance-budget-speech-20142015-delivered-by-maria-kiwanuka/

I won’t Tolerate Misuse of Public Funds- Says Museveni

Government has embarked on a campaign to eliminate all forms of wastage and misuse of public resources in a bid to offer quality services to Ugandans, says President Museveni.

While addressing ministers, members of parliament, permanent secretaries, head of departments, religious leaders, civil society organizations during the reading of the National Budget for the financial year 2014/2015 at Serena International Conference Centre on Thursday 12th June 2014, president Y.K Museveni expressed his disappointment towards public servants who misuse funds meant to offer services to the people.

“I will not tolerate any mismanagement of public resources and ghost workers in all government sectors must be dealt with immediate effect”, he cautioned.

This comes at a time when most government sectors are marred with ghost workers and most public servants can hardly account for funds meant to offer services to the people. Donor countries too in the recent past announced that they cannot continue financing government projects without accountability.

He noted that that this year’s budget highlights a shift of resources from consumption to investment in key sectors of health, education, roads, agriculture and security.

The president who was proud to associate himself with the achievements so far also noted that a good number of roads in the country have been tarmaced and power has been transmitted to numerous districts through the rural electrification scheme. “The issue is not how long these roads have taken. The fact that we have constructed 830 kilometers of tarmac roads across the country this year is an achievement”, Museveni boasted.

He also tasked the Finance Ministry to improve on revenue collection to broaden Uganda’s tax base in order to finance the country’s budget. “We cannot continue depending on donor funds to offer services to the people. We need to deal with those who evade taxes and create more avenues for revenue collection to finance our own budget”, he advised.

On the issue of AIDS, he noted that while the number of new infections had tremendously decreased, it was a pity that Ugandans are still getting infected with HIV/AIDS despite government’s efforts to eliminate the scourge.

Museveni also announced government’s commitment towards agriculture to improve on productivity. He however mentioned that massive production must go hand in hand with value addition to enable Uganda’s agricultural products to compete on the international market.

He mentioned that Uganda is currently peaceful in all corners and reiterated his commitment to do whatever it takes to ensure that Ugandans are secure.