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Note From the Editor 46

Dear Reader,

Welcome to Issue 46 of UTAMU News.

A beehive of activities is the best description of what UTAMU has been going through this whole week. From the International Conference on Technology and Management 2014 (ICTM14) that was presided over by the Vice President of Uganda, HE, Edward K. Ssekandi on Monday, to the Research Methodology workshop for the PhD students, the Board of Trustees meeting, the closing ceremony of the Summer training, the list is endless.

UTAMU hosted a remarkable event that brought together professionals in ICT and Management disciplines across the world, representatives from government and the private sector, Industrial experts, researchers, authors and scholars from local and international universities.

Also in this issue, the Summer Training that kicked off 10 weeks ago at UTAMU finally came to a close and students from various universities in Uganda were all smiles having beaten two birds with one stone; the training saw them walk away with software development skills and winning life changing awards.

If you missed these events, be sure to catch the highlights in Issue 46 and check out how enchanting the events were.

Baby News- Linda

Ms. Linda Alum
The Directorate of Engagement, Research and Innovation at UTAMU is celebrating with their own, Linda Alum, who received her new bundle of joy on Sunday 27th July 2014 at Rubaga Hospital. Linda, an Administrative Officer at UTAMU was blessed with a baby girl.

UTAMU News spoke to her on phone and the excited Linda disclosed that this is the best thing that has ever happened to her. “I am excited to be a mother”, she exclaimed.

According to the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jude T. Lubega, Linda and the baby are all in healthy condition. The News team congratulates Linda and wishes her the best of motherhood.

Community Engagement Harnessed My Business Skills

Mourice Aliganyira
Mourice Aliganyira is a 2nd year student at UTAMU pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Many of his course mates describe him as a humble but humorous and cheerful fellow who is fun to study with.

Like every UTAMU student, Maurice undertook community engagement at Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) after a year of study. As an intern under the Special Projects Department, he was charged with product development and advising clients on feasible business ventures among others.

While some employers are hesitant to take on interns especially 1st year students, UIRI offered Maurice an opportunity for a hands-on experience and with his inventive nature and sunny disposition Maurice not only added value to the product but became easily interacted with clients which earned him ‘best marketer’ title at the Institute in a short period.

“I am always willing and eager to learn; that played a crucial role in my growth at the institute. But networking and interfacing with other colleagues in the industry opened unimaginable doors,” he said.

Maurice boasts of great customer care skills, impeccable understanding of the product and the ability to create a wholesome and competitive brand.

In addition, he says he has improved his communication and presentation skills. “I am confident now and no longer stutter when I am expressing myself; I am articulate, persuasive and audible.” Maurice also attributes his success to his Human Resource and Business Communication Lecturers who he says academically equipped him for the task at UIRI.

He argues that while it is imperative to acquire technical skills, soft skills are equally important as an avenue for networking and building a foundation of one’s career.

“It gives one a competitive advantage edge over his/ her peers because then you have experience. But it requires you to be obedient, patient and willingness to be corrected; values which are vital not only for internship but life in general, “he emphasizes.

Maurice also boasts of helping his colleagues, some of whom were failing to meet their deadlines, to realize the benefits of time management.

Maurice has since been retained at UIRI and is among of the hundreds of students who have successfully obtained work before graduation, all of which is attributed to UTAMU’s Community Engagement. The initiative equips students with practical skills through linking them to public and private organizations

Baguma Tips Students on Pursuing Successful Careers

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rehema Baguma
Students have been advised to have a positive outlook towards life, be visionary and outgrow existing biases to compete favorably in today’s stiff global market.

Addressing students during a Career Guidance Talk, the Director for Academic Affairs, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rehema Baguma appealed to students to be ambitious, daring, persistent and discerning to have a competitive advantage over other students in various institutions.

“The world has become a global village and you are competing with not only UTAMU students but students in various institutions across the world. It doesn’t matter where you come from or which schools you went gone to. What matters is your attitude towards life and your sense of innovativeness,” She noted.

Rehema also urged students to engage in research, acquire communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills and exploit online learning resources to improve on their academic performance. “A 21st century student is not expected to cram what they are given in class but rather identify how to apply the content to solve problems around them”, she revealed.

She highlighted lack of goals, low self esteem, peer pressure and involvement in early relationships as some of the barrier that divert university students from achieving their dreams. “Stay focused and don’t let anything distract you from achieving your goals. Make use of the resources and opportunities available to you to excel”, she added.

The career guidance event was held at UTAMU Student Resource Centre on Friday 25th July 2014 under the topic “Succeeding for a 21st century student”. UTAMU offers Career Guidance talks as part of its initiative aimed at helping students to learn better, acquire problem solving skills and make wise career decisions. The event was attended by a number of students offering different programmes in various disciplines at UTAMU.

Prof. Basheka for CIPS Conference in Zambia

Prof.B.C Basheka together with other delegates at the CIPS Conference in Zambia
You might have seen less of the Dean, School of Business and Management at UTAMU, Prof. Benon C. Basheka this whole week. Well, he has been away in Zambia attending the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Pan African Conference.

CIPS is a global organization that exists to promote and develop high standards of professional skills and promote the best practices in the procurement and supply profession.

Prof. Basheka, a renowned academic and researcher in the procurement discipline is also the reigning African representative for the CIPS Congress in UK. He recently won the Academic and Professional Research Award in recognition for his excellent record of publications and scholarship in the procurement discipline last year.

He attended the conference together with other delegates across the African continent and this year’s conference was held under the theme “Game changing in procurement and supply management”.

According to Prof. Basheka, UTAMU’s involvement in such regional discussions gives university scholars an opportunity to interact and exchange ideas with practitioners in various fields thus enhancing educational practices on the African Continent.

UTAMU Student Appointed Communications Officer at UIRI

Alex B. Tumwizere
Alex B. Tumwizere, a 2nd Year student pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at UTAMU has been appointed Communications and Marketing Officer at Uganda Institute of Research Institute (UIRI).

UIRI is a parastatal organisation under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives whose core activities aim at establishing platforms for value addition, product development, fabrication of machinery and managing processing plants.

Tumwizere, who also doubles as a student representative to the university Senate was called back to fill a vacant position after demonstrating outstanding skills and competencies. The visibly excited Alex told UTAMU News that he outcompeted 20 other contenders to win the prestigious UIRI slot.

Besides studying, Alex is a salesman, marketer, entrepreneur who manages several businesses, President of the Rotaract Club of UTAMU and an active member of the UTAMU Writers’ Club.

Alex, who couldn’t contain his joy applauded UTAMU’s community engagement program for having opened him a door to a communication and marketing career before he could even complete his course. “I am so excited about this appointment. A number of graduates today can hardly find employment”, Alex disclosed.

He added that he attributes this achievement to the marketing, interpersonal and leadership skills he has acquired from UTAMU.

UTAMU students are placed in various organizations and community projects every year to gain practical skills and apply the class knowledge into real life scenarios.

UTAMU to Host Research Methodology Workshop

Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) together with UTAMU are set to host newly admitted PhD students to a Research Methodology Workshop from 6th to 8th August 2014.

More than 50 students who have been admitted on the MUST- UTAMU PhD program will engage in a three day workshop to acquire insights on diverse concepts of advanced research methodology, streamlining research topics, objectives and research designs.

The workshop which will take place at UTAMU Student Resource Centre in Kiswa, Bugolobi will be facilitated by several renown professionals and experts particularly in fields of ICT and Business including; Professors Henk G. Sol, Venansius Baryamureeba, Benon C. Basheka and Associate Professors John Ngubiri and Florence Tushabe.

The partnership between MUST and UTAMU covers several areas of study including; Science, Computing, Public Administration, Economics, Management, Business Administration and Development Studies.

Numerous workshops have been organised by both institutions for PhD students in the recent past with an aim at enhancing research skills of the PhD scholars.

MUST and UTAMU developed a joint institutional capacity building program that focuses on PhD training by research in a bid to address the educational gaps at doctoral levels in the East African region. The partnership was later given a boost when the University of Limpopo and the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa came on board in November last year.

Note From the Editor 45

Dear Reader,

What a joy it is to share with you another issue of UTAMU News! Every time you read UTAMU News and make comments or suggestions, you truly give us a reason to go on.

Well, this week, preparations have been intensified ahead of the upcoming International Conference on Technology and Management (ICTM14) that will be hosted by UTAMU starting on 3rd August.

Two UTAMU dons are currently in Mozambique to deliberate on issues regarding integration of ICT in learning to help farmers in the rural areas across the content to apply latest technology, carry out research and increase productivity.

In our opinion section, Prof. V. Baryamureeba implores schools to invest in career guidance to enable students to make wise career decisions.

For details of these and much more, enjoy Vol. 1 Issue 45.

China-Uganda Economic Relations likely to Cause Negative Repercussions

Enock Nyorekwa
Economic ties between China and Africa have grown steadily as reflected in the growing/ increasing aid to Africa in recent years. China and Uganda diplomatic relations date as far back as to when Uganda attained its independence in 1962 and according data released by the American research group AidData, in the decade between 2000 and 2011 China’s aid to Uganda was an enormous $4.67b.

It is envisaged that as much as the subsequent years are not documented, the dialogue between the two countries is an indicator that there is continued aid increase. The aid china provides is mainly in the form of technical assistance, with an emphasis on training in Chinese institutions; grants; interest-free loans; preferential loans that have an interest subsidy; and debt relief.

In 2007, a debt cancellation protocol for all debts before 2005 was signed by the two heads of state, which amounted to USD 30 million. However, since China is not a member of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which reports on members' international aid, it does not provide details about the level and terms of its own aid to other countries—so data and information with regard to types, purposes, conditions, including the extent to which is assistance is tied are rather sketchy. ,p> The sectors which have greatly benefited are transport; business related services, manufacturing, health and agriculture whereas telecommunications, mineral exploration have not realized the benefits from the eternal assistance extended by China to Uganda. There are reports that some of the aid to Uganda is mostly provided in kind, by Chinese companies, and tends to be on a turnkey basis, mostly with Chinese inputs, including labour.

Part of Chinese Aid to the country has taken the form of technical assistance and investment technical assistance in projects of economic and social infrastructure nature such as roads and hospitals; the productive sector, notably agriculture (Kibimba (now Tilda) and Doha rice schemes);construction of the wakawaka Fish landing site now in use and other construction projects, such as government buildings (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the $36.3m construction of the President’s Office), Naguru Hospital and sports national stadium (Mandela National Stadium). China has been offering 12 scholarships per year in higher education to Ugandans in mainly five fields engineering, computer science, Medicine, Business administration and food science. China has contributed medical equipment, and medicine to national referral hospital – the anti malaria medicine worth USD 500,000 per annum through Ministry of health.

President Museveni has has on several occasions expressed optimism that there is a beam of light due to long term impact of Chinese investment in Ugandan infrastructure. Chinese continue to be beneficiaries of big infrastructural projects including the contentiously awarded Karuma dam (600MW) and the 51.4km Kampala- Entebbe high way.

In president’s speech at the ground breaking for Karuma dam- he intimated that two other Chinese companies, Gezhouba and CWE (China International Water and Electric Corporation) will similarly take on Ayago and Isimba, according to the understanding Uganda reached with the Chinese side. CNOOC is one of the 3 firms involved in oil exploration in Uganda. Chinese investment in the country is currently worth $596m creating employment opportunities for more than 30,000 Ugandans. In fact, there is fundamentally no sector in Uganda that the Chinese have not invested in or have future plans to invest in. The Chinese are planning to construct a multi-million dollar school that would teach Chinese to local students, in order to broaden trade and cultural ties between the two countries.

China is one of Uganda’s main trading partners. In 2012, 11% of the total imports were from China. In same year, the trade volume between the two countries came to US$575.5 million, among which China's export was US$546.01 million, and import US$29.49 million. This implies Uganda exports 5% of what it imports from China. China's main exports to Uganda are mechanical and electrical appliances, textiles, garments, pharmaceuticals, porcelain and enamel products, and footwear. China's imports from Uganda are coffee and plastics. China strategy is to phase in zero-tariff treatment to 95 percent of the products from the least developed African countries( Uganda inclusive) having diplomatic relations with China, starting with 60 percent of the products in 2010.

The president’s eulogy’s of the Chinese withstanding “Chinese lending is also completely free of the usual meddling and high-handedness of some of the friends from outside”, it is also important to note that despite the huge funds sunk in the Uganda sectors and written off debts by china, there still concerns over the huge trade imbalances between Uganda and China. Uganda exports 5% volume of what it imports from China. Also in 2008, china provided USD 120 million concessionary loan to Government’s e government project however the dominant workforce is Chinese. This leaves little room for capacity building, skills training and technology transfer. Most of china’s Aid is project mode, whose sustainability depends heavily on continuous support from the Chinese Government.

Limitation of the technology and skills transfer by Chinese Government leads to questions of sustainability of some of its development assistance. Aid flows from China are not laid out transparently to other donors and development partners, including those that are locally present. This will help not only the affect harmonization of activities but also the integration with economic policies to underpin macroeconomic stability.

On the outlook, it seems that the Chinese infrastructure projects in Uganda attract higher unit costs than similar projects in other countries. The Renaissance dam on the River Nile, which Addis Ababa projects will cost $4.7 billion, will produce 6,000 Megawatts of power(10 times Karuma dam) when fully developed while karuma is projected to cost $2.2billion. Also the cost per kilometre of the $ 476m four lane Kampala- Entebbe expressway is $ 1.5m, a kilometre of the six lane $ 612m Addis Ababa toll motor way will cost 1.3m. All factors constant, on both projects- Uganda will be paying higher than Ethiopia.

Most of Chinese aid is tied – with at times necessitating Uganda to import from China. Notably significant share of Chinese export to Uganda are substandard. the Ugandan government allows the Chinese Aliens to undercut local Ugandans out of business and allows Chinese capital repatriation to be almost 100% and at times given tax waivers or exemptions. Issa Sekito, a spokesman for the Kampala City Traders Association has been on record calling for government to place limits on Chinese trading activities in the small and medium enterprise area.

There are allegedly also elements of rent-seeking activities between Ugandan and Chinese officials as was the case in Karuma dam procurement. The hydro power dam procurement process was dogged by allegations of impropriety and whistle-blowers’ complaints that culminated in court petitions and the Inspectorate Government (IGG) halting the process citing bribery and corruption in the process. A court injunction halted the process ordering the government to repeat the technical evaluation which led to award of the to a China’s Sinohydro Corporation. The procurement flaws delayed the project for two and half years. Also Chinese companies are able to underbid local contractors for construction work since Chinese construction companies that are subsidized by their government. And it is difficult to get a government subsidy in Uganda. “They not only underbid local companies, but they also import cheap Chinese equipment. So construction companies in Uganda have gone out of business.

Although the Chinese have made significant investments in Uganda and continue to make inroads in major infrastructure projects involving roads, railway electrical power and communications, the Ugandan government has not benefited greatly from increased trade with China. The Chinese engagements could be a boomerang and this leaves a hypothetical question on who the beneficiary of the increased china-lisation of Uganda is and needs a closer assessment of the ultimate outcome bearing in mind the Chinese have historically been xenophobic. How does China stand to gain from this collaboration? Is it through market creation? Global leadership? Imperialist rivalry? especially when many Chinese, in rural China, still live under difficult circumstances.

UTAMU Dons for RUFORUM Conference in Mozambique

Two UTAMU dons are currently in Mozambique at the 4th Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORM) 2014 conference aimed at helping farmers in rural areas to fully utilize technology to boost productivity.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jude. T. Lubega together with the Manager, Engagement, Research and Innovation, Mr. Drake P. Mirembe have been facilitating to participants from over 40 countries on the significance of integrating ICT in Education through application of the e-learning model and use of ICT to help farmers in the rural areas in Uganda.

UTAMU was the first university to fully integrate e-learning in its educational delivery modes and currently, each academic programme offered at the University is online.

 Prof. Lubega has urged participants to embrace change and employ the latest technologies to make both the learning and teaching processes interesting and rewarding. “The biggest challenge with most academic institutions is that they keep on doing the same things all over again and expect to get better results. For us at UTAMU, we believe ICTs will enable us to achieve more”, Lubega highlighted.

He further stressed that incorporating ICT in Education not only facilitates effective collaboration and networking but also empowers students to share learning resources and carry out research.

Lubega, however advised participants to make hybrid integration e-learning more entertaining, engaging, enriching and empowering for learners to get the best out of this educational delivery model.

“We have more than 40 countries being represented here at this conference and we hope people can learn from UTAMU. If other disciplines like agriculture embraced new forms of teaching and learning using ICTs, I am confident that farmers will ultimately increase the quality and quantity of their agricultural produces.”, he added. Prof. Jude T. Lubega is currently one of the most experienced e-learning experts within Africa and beyond.

The five day conference which commenced on 21st is expected to end today, 25th July 2014. RUFORM is a consortium of 42 universities whose mandate is to oversee graduate training and networks of specialization in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) countries to foster innovative and responsive research.

Preparations Intensify Ahead of ICTM 14

Preparations are in high gear ahead of the first International Conference on Technology and Management (ICTM14) that will be held in Kampala from 3rd – 5th August 2014.

According to Prof. Jude T. Lubega, the Deputy Vice Chancellor who doubles as the overall chairperson of the ICTM-14, UTAMU is making final arrangements to host re-known academics, industrial experts, professionals and practioners in fields of Technology and Management across the world. Several delegates are expected to attend the conference from all over the world.

The Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E Edward Sekandi is expected to officiate at the opening of the conference and will be the first one in a series of conferences to be organized in future by UTAMU. The theme for this year’s conference will be: "Improving Service Delivery Through ICT and Management Revitalization”.

The conference will have distinguished keynote speakers including Prof. Henk Sol from the Netherlands, Prof. V. Baryamureeba, Prof. Waswa Balunywa, the Principal, Makarere University Business School and Prof. Benon C. Basheka.

“These are highly experienced personnel in their specific fields of specialization and the first ICTM 14 conference is pleased to have them as the first keynote speakers. Authors from different Universities, organizations and countries will also be presenting papers during this conference”, Lubega highlighted.

Prof. Lubega expressed his satisfaction that the organizing committee for the upcoming conference was more than committed and prepared to host participants to an illustrious and life changing academic event.

“We are profoundly honored to host the first ICTM conference. It is an indication that UTAMU possesses the expertise and experience to participate in graduate matters like conference organization. This attests the fact that UTAMU has positioned itself as a prime University not only in teaching but also research undertaking and training,” he added.

He noted that a colloquium has been organized for PhD students to present, discuss and learn from experienced researchers and encouraged PhD students from other Universities to register to attend the conference.

The conference will take place at the International Resource Centre (IREC) in Bugolobi, Kampala and is open to the public after satisfying requirements of registration. Details about the ICTM 14 conference are available at ICT-14 website.

Lack of Role Models, Career Guidance & Relevant Information; Major setbacks for Ugandan students

Prof.Venansius Baryamureeba
Recently, together with my colleagues at UTAMU, I facilitated a career guidance seminar in a secondary school in eastern Uganda and I interfaced with close to 700 students. I asked every student to write down at least one role model in whom they find inspiration. Over 50% of my respondents mentioned former South African president Nelson Mandela (RIP) while 35% had no answer to this question. The other 15% mentioned local musicians, politicians, reality TV stars and several characters that have crowded the news for the wrong reasons among others. I actually had a student who mentioned that former accountant in the Prime Minister’s office, Godfrey Kazinda, as his role model!

Former American theologian, Tyron Edwards, once noted that People never improve unless they look to some standard or example higher and better than themselves. But as I meditate upon his words, my mind wanders back to the students in my survey who seemed not to have any role models! One of the greatest challenges of our time is lack of role models in the key disciplines of our education system, career and family. A role model is a person looked to by others as an example to be imitated or whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people. But then one wonders why 35% of my respondents at the seminar would lack a role model in their lives. And I kept asking myself, “Don’t these students know any professionals who can be their role models? What about their own teachers? What about their parents? How about the so many heroes that have been in the news for all seasons? Tough questions indeed!

What about the students who took pride in mentioning Nelson Mandela as their role model? Nelson Mandela is a renowned freedom fighter that fought against apartheid rule in South Africa. While the story of Mandela was definitely a catch of the 1990s when he was persecuted, imprisoned and charged and when he finally became president, there is no doubt he became one of the most influential men around the world. But is he worth being taken on as role model for secondary school students? Or did they pick on him for lack of options?

The last group of my respondents had a wide range of answers; from popular Ugandan musicians, politicians, teachers and parents, to criminals. Why would a student consider a renowned criminal for a role model? Whatever the answers to my questions, one thing has been for sure; basing on trending topics on selected social media and headline news in our dailies, the figures scooping a lot of glory are those that have influenced our students’ way of life and of course would have a great impact on their choice of counselor.

The lack of positive role models, has turned much of today's youth into a bunch of: disrespectful, lazy, spoilt, ambition-lacking students.In Uganda for example, we have glorified local musicians, socialites and politicians. Engineers, scientists, medical doctors, nurses, teachers, accountants and lawyers to mention but a few, hardly get glorified with front page stories or trendy harsh tags on social media. How then would they be considered as potential role models for our students? Coupled with lack of role models, career guidance too is lacking in our society.

Career guidance consists of services that help people successfully manage their career development. It is a comprehensive, developmental program designed to assist individuals in making and implementing informed educational and occupational choices. Career guidance helps people to reflect on their ambitions, interests, qualifications and abilities. It helps them to understand the labour market and education systems, and to relate this to what they know about themselves. Through comprehensive career guidance, students learn to plan and make decisions about work and learning. Career guidance program develops an individual's competencies in self-knowledge, educational and occupational exploration, and career planning.Career guidance is provided to people in a very wide range of settings: schools and tertiary institutions; public employment services; private guidance providers; enterprises; and community settings.

One of the biggest challenges facing our current generation of students is preparing for a dynamic workforce never seen before. New jobs are being created every day. In fact, many students are being prepared for jobs and careers that don’t even exist. It is much harder for students to think about the future without a firm sense of who they are. Today, industries rise and fall, so being very externalized (job title, salary, etc.) about a specific career may not serve students well in the 21st century. Having a skill set with multiple pathways will always be more fulfilling, especially when that skill set and those pathways lead to a particular set of values or ways of expressing one’s identity. Students will be able to not only identify attitudes and stereotypes from the careers of their siblings, parents, grandparents, etc., but also how the past was informing who they are in the present. Once students get a solid sense of who they are in the present (as informed by their past), they then think about different life paths and what they want their future to look like.

Ugandan local artists are exalted at the expense of doctors, engineers and other professionals

While parents are influential, a strong correlate for students doing well in school is a strong relationship with their teachers. Relationships matter in education and so how can parents, teachers and students work together in career planning?

(i) Engage in education. The classroom is a great place for self-exploration and identity development; it not only helps students figure out who they are and who they want to be, it’s easy for everyone involved to work together in supporting a common goal.

(ii) Set high expectations that focus on plans after high school. Every student should aim high. More often than not, this means graduating high school and going to University, but it’s important for everyone to be on the same page. Parents should start the discussion early, continue it often and keep teachers engaged.

(iii) Set goals and track progress. When students have focused goals, they tend to work hard in achieving them. Parents, teachers and students need to work together in setting goals and tracking them from start to finish.

All said and done, students’ dream careers are being shattered by an unfair selection system in higher education institutions in Uganda. It is common to find a student whose dream career was to be an accountant ending up doing a completely different programme like Bachelor of Arts in public administration. This was understandable when students didn’t have opportunity to make a choice of university, but today with over 40 universities in Uganda, most students should be able to take academic programmes in line with their dream careers. For this to happen they need guidance from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). NCHE was established to implement the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 as amended as the regulator of higher education. Some of the functions of NCHE under this Act include:

(i) To monitor, evaluate and regulate institutions of Higher Education;
(ii) To promote and develop the processing and dissemination of information on higher education for the benefit of the people; and
(iii) To collect, examine and publish information relating to the different institutions of Higher Education.

Thus, NCHE is empowered by law to develop acceptable criteria and rank universities, schools/ faculties/ colleges and academic programmes in Uganda to enable parents and students decide on where to take their children. This is not a new concept as similar bodies in Europe and USA to mention but a few do provide these rankings at regional, country, university and programme level. The absence of these much needed rankings have left parents and students to choose universities and academic programmes on the basis of what is advertised on radio, TV and newspapers by the higher education institutions.

Parents and students need to pick institutions and academic programmes on the basis of information / ranking by NCHE using the different quality assurance indicators like quality and qualifications of staff, staff: student ratio, student: computer ratio, quality and sufficiency of laboratories and workshops, quality and availability of library facilities and mode of learning among others.

For instance, in UK a student who wants to do Medicine has information on rankings of all Medical Schools in UK to choose from subject to affordability and admission requirements. Now in Uganda if one wanted to do for example B.Sc. in Computer Science where are the national rankings by NCHE to guide parents and students? With the many institutions offering the same academic programmes, national rankings of institutions and programmes by NCHE based on national quality assurance indicators are inevitable.

UTAMU, Saarland University & GIZ Roll out Master of Evaluation

Prof. Benon C. Basheka
UTAMU in collaboration with the University of Saarland and the German Government Development Cooperation- GIZ have rolled out a Master of Evaluation degree aimed at strengthening evaluation capacity in both government and other sectors in Uganda and the greater East African region.

According to the Dean, School of Business and Management, Prof. Benon C. Basheka, UTAMU was selected as the Ugandan lead partner institution through a rigorous competitive process to pilot two modules on the blended jointly run programme.

Basheka revealed that the Master of Evaluation programme has been developed to enable participants from the public and private sectors gain the new qualification while working as well as gain broader knowledge and skills of evaluation practices.

The course is structured in a blended learning format that combines face-to face seminars, online study and E-learning and evaluation experts from Saarland University and UTAMU will support the delivery of the course content.

Admissions for this programme are ongoing and over 30 scholarships are available for those interested in pursuing a specialized career in evaluation.

Application procedure and details about the programme can be obtained from UTAMU Resource Centre in Kiswa, Bugolobi or on

Poll Question 44

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Note From the Editor 44


Volume 1. Issue 44

In This Issue

  1. UTAMU and PTA to Offer Petroleum Courses
  2. End of Semester Exams Due in August
  3. Empower the Girl child to Embrace IT
Vol. 1 Issue 44, July 18 - July 25, 2014
Note from Deputy Editor


We are delighted to bring you yet another exciting Issue of UTAMU News.

World Cup 2014 is finally over and I am sure soccer fans across the world can now catch some bit of sleep. That aside, this week saw UTAMU join forces with Petroleum Training Academy (PTA), an exclusive provider of technical oil and gas education and training solutions to offer petroleum courses in the East African region.

UTAMU recently rolled out postgraduate programmes in various disciplines and in this issue, we highlight their distinctiveness and tell you why you shouldn’t miss out on these golden uniquely designed programmes.

We also bring you the life of a humble, innocent and diligent Senior Registrar at UTAMU, Grace Nakawunde.

We would like to hear from you. As you enjoy Volume 1, Issue 44 remember to send your comment or suggestions to

Best wishes

Harriet Rhemmy Ayebare
Deputy Editor, UTAMU News



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― Robert Louis Stevenson

Campus News

End of Semester Exams Due in August

UTAMU students admitted on the May 2014 intake are set to sit for their end of semester examinations early next month.

According to the UTAMU student annual calendar, examinations will commence on 4th August 2014 and end on 15th August 2014. ... Read more...

Empower the Girl child to Embrace IT

Consultants from Relations Media have appealed to female students to outgrow stereotypes and embrace technology in order to fight ignorance, illiteracy and breakaway from the poverty cycles in their communities... Read more...

Distinctiveness of UTAMU Postgraduate Programmes

On Wednesday, 25th June 2014, UTAMU Council approved a proposal to establish UTAMU Graduate School. The School will monitor, coordinate and manage post graduate training in various disciplines. ... Read more...


Humble, Innocent and Diligent - Meet Grace Nakawunde

Simplicity, humility, innocence and integrity are some of the character traits that come into one’s mind at the mention of the name; Grace Nakawunde. Grace is a senior Registrar at UTAMU under the Academic Affairs directorate... Read more...

Admission to September intake for the following Post graduate programmes is currently ongoing:

  • PGD in Computing
  • PGD in Public Procurement
  • PGD in Public Administration
  • PGD in Oil Governance & Management
  • PGD in Project Monitoring & Evaluation
  • PGD in Project Planning & Management
  • PGD in Human Resource Management & Development
  Click HERE to apply now.


Unearthing Amazing Features of a Smart Watch

The Proxima Wrist Watch
Gone are the days when watches were specifically meant to tell us the time and maybe make an alarm. Today technology has stuffed nearly every imaginable feature into one creative, stylish and interesting wearable watch.

Proxima, a product of Samsung is a wrist watch phone concept which allows you to make phone calls, receive quick notifications, texts, emails and much more all on your wrist.

Featuring internet connectivity, the phone watch also entertains you through MP3 player, enables you to listen to your favorite F.M station and share your data through Bluetooth.

What’s more fascinating about this device is that if you misplace your cell phone or gadget, you won’t go through horrible hassle searching for them because it has a sensor’s alarm. If you and your phone become separated, the sensor will vibrate or emit a beep to make you aware.

Since smart phones have become too large and too easy to steal, the Proxima is the ideal digital companion that gives you liberty to keep up with social network and do much more on the go.

Why you Need to Gain Experience.

Simplisio Ariho 
Charles Louis de Secondat, a renowned French lawyer and political philosopher once remarked that “we receive three kinds of education; one from our parents, one from our schoolmasters, and one from the world. The third offers great life lessons”. I could never agree more on this because while we may acquire endless training both at home and through schools, there comes a time when we must face the world, apply our knowledge and skills and acquire experience.

It is a common practice for graduates to underestimate the significance of experience in their search for dream jobs. Most jobs on the market today are not only rare and competitive; they also require one to have worked for sometime regardless of the project or business venture.

Experience is the exposure and skills one acquires after being subjected to various challenges and assignments while working in any organization. It is this knowledge that shapes one’s critical and analytical thinking, builds one’s character and enhances your competences.

I am currently undertaking community engagement at Accounts Plus Uganda and I have realized that experience builds the physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and social mindset of an individual. I never had kind words for organizations that attach a lot of importance to experience before recruiting employees and I thought they were marginalizing youth who have just completed their studies.

With the little experience I have obtained so far, I now admit that companies achieve their goals and objectives through the expertise of their employees. As a graduate, you may not be earning from your current job but at the end of the day, it pays to acquire an extra hands-on skill. Engaging in voluntary work with any organization makes you a better contender than your colleague on the street who is investing time and resources in searching for a job.

The truth remains that if graduates are driven to succeed in their long-term career goals, they should be willing to accept vocational and volunteer opportunities that provide them with the necessary workplace skills and experience.

Although they may be financially and intellectually unrewarding, they provide the ideal stepping stone for graduate jobs and future career moves. Experiences gained in the nonprofit sector related to your career of choice can significantly boost your appeal in the eyes of employers, primarily because they build your strength of character and reveal an innate desire to work.

I want to thank UTAMU for giving 1st year students an opportunity to engage with communities, learn from them and acquire skills during community engagement. I have grown fond of accounting and finance profession, obtained exposure and skills and I look forward to more and more community engagements ahead of me. I gained knowledge on QuickBooks online, offline, making real statements of cash flow, financial reports, balance sheets and bank reconciliation.

I urge students, graduates and everyone who is not employed yet to reflect on the enormous benefits of gaining experience and acquiring more skills for they are the gateway to a successful career.

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