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Hon. Ajedra Gabriel Gadson Aridru presents the Academic and Professional Research
Award to Basheka in recognition for his excellent record of publications and scholarship
in the procurement discipline last year
Prof. Benon Basheka, the Dean of the School of Business and Management at UTAMU has been awarded fellowship by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (FCIPS), the highest grade of CIPS membership.

Basheka who already had a Postgraduate diploma from the same Institute not only gets to use FCIPS after his name but also will enjoy other privileges which come with the award. He now gets the opportunity to attend exclusive events, access online knowledge resources and network with his peers in the profession.

Approached for comment, the normally jovial Don said organisations should recognize procurement as an integral part of conducting business.

“Although procurement is vital for successful business operations in an organization, little is known about the profession especially here in Uganda where other professions seem to take precedence”Basheka sadly says.

But as the demand of top buyers increases globally, more young people are getting drawn to the profession and the need for qualifications palpable.

To be considered for the fellowship, Basheka who was already a Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS) had to officially apply indicating what significant contribution he had made to the procurement profession after which a panel sat to discuss and approve the fellowship.

His extensive research and publications record in the same area speak volumes of his immense contribution to this profession at a global level. Last year, Prof Basheka was awarded the research award by the Institute of Procurement professionals of Uganda (IPPU) for the best researcher of the field.

In 2009, he won the Pierre De Celles Award. In 2007, he was the third best student in the chartered institute of Purchasing and supply in Africa and won the Afola.

He has been at the core of designing procurement curriculum in various institutions in Uganda. He is often invited as a key note speaker in various countries where procurement professionals assemble.

The Fellowship accolade recognises one’s outstanding level of achievement, their knowledge and experience in procurement and supply, as well as their passion, drive and determination to advance the profession for the public good.

Already, Professor Basheka has designed a Postgraduate diploma in Public Procurement currently offered by UTAMU and a Bachelor’s in Procurement and supply chain management.

CIPS Fellowship also acknowledges the awardee’s professional standing and reputation and consequently provides them with the opportunity to widen their sphere of influence, inspire others and set the global strategy for the future of procurement and supply.

“It is a sign that one has excelled in their career and gained global recognition,” Basheka explains.

FCIPS are senior advocates of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply across the globe. At 41 years of age, Basheka boasts of two PhDs (one in administration and another in Education Administration and Management); two Masters degrees (one in Social Sector Planning and Management and another in Project Management); two Postgraduate diplomas (one in Project Planning & Management, another from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and now a fellowship from the same institute) and Bachelor of arts degree in political science and public administration. He is also the founding Dean School of Business and Management. Link:




Note From the Editor 48

Early this week, the UTAMU community awoke to the pleasant news of one of the Dons being awarded fellowship by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (FCIPS).

The accolade recognizes one’s outstanding level of achievement, knowledge and experience in the procurement and supply discipline globally.

Also in this issue, a team from UTAMU is set to travel to Germany to meet with officials from Saarland University and Government Development Cooperation- GIZ to discuss final arrangements on the delivery of the MA Evaluation programme(Blended Learning) which is slated to take off in October 2014.

And in our ICT special, the question of whether Uganda’s cyber security is intact is tackled and way forward proposed.

Check out the details of these stories and much more in the 48th issue of UTAMU News

Poll Question 47

The government is mandated to ensure the health care system is fully functional and that lives are saved at all costs. But statistics in Uganda indicate that for every 100,000 live births, 438 women lose their lives to maternal death, meaning that 16 women die every day from maternal related complications.

Is government doing enough or should events such as the artistes’ charity concert be the way to go?

Note From the Editor 47

You are welcome to the 47th edition of UTAMU News.

A week after UTAMU hosted the 1st International Conference on Technology and Management 2014 (ICTM14), preparations are under way for the 2nd Annual ICTM 2015.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor says that a call for papers has already been sent out and UTAMU looks forward to hosting professionals in technology and management, researchers, authors and scholars.

UTAMU seems to be reaping big from its community engagement programme too. Majority students have been retained by various organizations and in this edition we share with you some of their success stories. For these and more, check out the news as it unfolded in our 46th Issue.

Baryamureeba to Deliver a Public Lecture at University of Limpopo

Prof. V. Baryamureeba
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba has been selected to deliver a public lecture at the Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership (TGSL) at the University of Limpopo in South Africa.

The Annual Public Lecture 2014 is slated to take place on 17th September 2014 and Baryamureeba’s talk will focus on HIGHER EDUCATION GOVERNANCE AND QUALITY ASSURANCE SYSTEMS, experiences from Uganda.

“I will talk about higher education governance and quality systems; share my experiences mainly drawn from Uganda but with relevance to African-wide application on governance and quality assurance issues affecting higher education. I will endeavor to highlight some of the corporate governance practices relevant to higher education” Baryamureeba explained.

According to Baryamureeba, the lecture is timely given that most universities are currently facing massive governance challenges and are tasked by stakeholders to be more effective. The lecture is intended to deliberate on the challenges African Universities are facing even as they attempt to open up areas for improvement and competition.

Some of the challenges the speakers are expected to tackle include: restrictions by state-driven higher education policies, constantly increasing intervention of external quality assurance players and decreasing support from development partners/donors.

Although governments or councils/agencies responsible for higher education in most African countries have put in place guidelines for establishing and monitoring higher education, University leadership in most countries find the current environment more challenging. They argue that new developments should be accomplished within the traditional roles of universities. With the global financial crisis, the debate on whether Universities should adopt corporate governance principles has been re-ignited.

University leadership further argues that what is inherent is the notion that there are potential conflicts of interest in the management of the institutions and leaders might take decisions which benefit themselves at the expense of other stakeholders or the general public.

Established in 1996, TGSL is the hybrid of business and leadership under the Faculty of Management and Law at the University of Limpopo.

UTAMU and the University of Limpopo signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in research, teaching and advisory services to governments particularly on areas within the mandate of the two institutions. This research study is one of the many activities that two universities have a partnership.

Baby News

Ms. Linda Alum
The Directorate of Engagement, Research and Innovation at UTAMU is celebrating with one of their own, Linda Alum, who became a mother on Sunday 27th July 2014 at Rubaga Hospital.

Linda, an Administrative Officer at UTAMU has been blessed with a baby girl.

When the UTAMU News team spoke to her on phone, Linda, a first time mother described the moment as exhilarating yet rewarding. “I feel relief, joy and peace all at the same time” she recounted.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jude T. Lubega has since sent a congratulatory message on behalf of management and confirms that Linda and baby are all well.

The News team congratulates Linda and wishes her the best in her new adventure as a mother.

Baguma Stresses Positive Attitude for a Successful Career

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rehema Baguma
Students have been advised to have a positive outlook towards life if they are to compete favorably in today’s work environment.

Addressing students during a Career Guidance Talk recently, the Director for Academic Affairs, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rehema Baguma appealed to students to aggressively exploit all available opportunities noting that it’s the innovative, tenacious and discerning people who normally have a competitive advantage over their colleagues.

“The world has become a global village and one must be competitive not only with colleagues at UTAMU but across the globe. It doesn’t matter where you come from; what does, is your attitude towards life and your sense of ingenuity,” She noted.

Baguma further emphasized the need to acquire Communication, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills.

On research, she urged students to utilize online learning resources to improve their academic performance. “A 21st century student is not expected to cram what they are given in class but must identify how to apply the content to solve existing problems”, she explained.

She decried lack of goals, low self-esteem and peer pressure as the lead reasons why students are engaging in early relationships  which she said diverts them from achieving their dream careers. “There is time for everything, invest yourself and your time in study now and I guarantee you, it will pay off eventually, “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 initiatives intended to aid students make wise career decisions..

Dons Caution PhD Students Against Plagiarism

UTAMU Dons enjoy a photo moment with the PhD Students after the workshop.
UTAMU Dons have cautioned PhD students under the MUST-UTAMU PhD joint programme to desist from the rising trend of plagiarism.

Orienting PhD students during a research methodology workshop from 6th-8th August 2014, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jude T. Lubega, the Dean, School of Business and Management, Prof. Benon C. Basheka and the Dean of Computing and Engineering Dr. John Ngubiri said plagiarism software will be used to check the students’ work for academic malpractice.

They cautioned students against simply using other people’s work without officially recognizing them or mentioning the source of the information.

“As a scholar, you must desist from duplicating other people’s work. If you must use it, acknowledge the author,” Basheka noted.

They challenged participants to draw up original, feasible and focused papers backed by citations. “Reviewing what other people have written is very important if one is to gain a critical perspective of what is going on in that specific area of research,” Lubega emphasized.

As the overall Coordinator of the PHD programme at UTAMU, Prof. Basheka accentuated that supervisors at a doctoral level, seek to empower graduates to demonstrate leadership and innovative skills as well as a high degree of independence in their research.

Basheka also highlighted some of the common mistakes students make during their research and provided key insights on doctoral proposal writing while Prof. Lubega’s discussion focused on quality control measures in doctoral research. “MUST-UTAMU program is interested in novel work.

It is therefore necessary to monitor the supervision process, students’ progress and their final publications to ensure that it does not contain anything which does not belong to them,” Lubega said.

Prof. Lubega also revealed that MUST and UTAMU have established a monitoring system to continuously discuss with the student and track the progress of their research and agree on the next steps throughout the research journey.

He added that students will be subjected to a six months interview to assess what they have been doing and what they hope to do in the next six months. “This is will be mandatory for all students and whoever will not show progress in one year will not continue with the program” Lubega adds.

Although, student are normally allocated two supervisors; both senior and junior, Lubega challenged students to fully own their work so that they can ably defend it.

“Please be reminded that you are pursuing your own doctorate. Do not wait for the supervisor to lead you, because you know where you want to go. Supervisors will only guide you, ensure you are on the right path towards your final destination. You need to demonstrate your understanding of the topic. You must work for it and not simply acquire it,” he cautioned.

Darius Asiimwe, a PHD student at the workshop says they were equipped with the foundational principles and armed to think like researchers which is important at this level.

"The workshop opened my eyes on internet usage for PhD studies. The discussions on the proposal content was spot on and brought out a deeper understanding of research. I thank all the presenters", Brian Mwebaze, a PhD student recounts.

“We are from different background and given our different orientation, the workshop was crucial for getting us on the same level. It was an eye opener for me.” most students confirmed. The 3-day workshop was at UTAMU Resource Centre.

Preps for ICTM-15 Underway

Prof. Jude T. Lubega (L) shares a light moment with Prof. Henk G. Sol (C) and Prof.Benon
A week after the 1st International Conference on Information and Technology 14 ICTM-14 concluded, the organizing committee of the conference at UTAMU is already gearing up for the 2nd Annual ICTM-15.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chair to ICTM, Prof. Jude T. Lubega reveals that preparations are underway and a call for original papers and case studies on technology and management for the upcoming conference scheduled to take place between 2nd – 4th August 2014 has been sent out.

He also encourages participants of the 1st ICTM-14 to engage their colleagues from their respective institutions to take part in next conference.

According to Lubega, the annual forum is intended to bring together authors, practitioners, researchers, professionals and academicians from the Technology and Management disciplines to engage in future developments in terms of service provision using ICT. Participants are from both the public and private sector.

Asked on what should be expected at the next conference, Lubega says, “Given the experience, we have acquired from the 1st ICTM-14, prospective participants should look forward to the latest trends in ICT given its cutting edge nature plus revitalized management concepts and real world cases of service provision”.

Meanwhile, after successfully conducting the event, Prof. Lubega has been applauded by the entire UTAMU Community for his impeccable organizational skills and contribution towards a spectacular ICTM-14.

“There were a lot of technicalities which required attention and commitment. I am glad the entire team finally achieved their goal. On behalf of the organizing committee of the 1st Annual International Conference on Technology and Management2014(ICTM-14)and UTAMU,I would like to thank you each one of you for your participation and invaluable contribution towards the success of the conference ,” Lubega lauded committee members.

Members of the organizing committee included: Prof. Benon Basheka, Ass. Prof. John Ngubiri, Ass. Prof. Florence Tushabe, Ass. Prof. Rehema Baguma, Ernest Mwebaze, Rebecca Pearl Tumwebaze, Grace Nakawunde, Elvis Muyanja and Linda Alum.

This comes at the heels of the just concluded 1st International Conference on Technology and Management(ICTM-14) which took place from 3rd -5th August 2014 in Kampala and was graced by the Vice President of Uganda, H.E Edward K. Ssekandi.

This Week in Pictures - Issue 46

Prof. Henk G. Sol (R), Prof. Balunywa (2nd R) and Prof.
Baryamureeba present a souvenir to the Vice President

Delegates at the ICTM14 conference

Prof. dr. Henk G Sol makes a keynote address at the ICTM14 conference

VP Edward Ssekandi engages Prof. Baryamureeba (L) and
MUBS Principal, Prof. Wawa Balunywa

New MUST-UTAMU PhD students at the Resource Centre.

UTAMU Management team and Michael Niyitegyeka showcase a certificate.

A MUST trainee gives her testimonial at the closing ceremony

Coach Eugine S. Swinnerstone gives final remarks at the closing ceremony.

New PhD Students Hosted to Research Methodology Workshop

MUST-UTAMU PhD students

New students under the MUST–UTAMU joint PhD program have been hosted to a 3 day research methodology workshop to acquire insights on various concepts of research, proposal writing, research designs and methodology.

The workshop kicked off on 6th and ended today 8th August 2014. The event took place at UTAMU Resource Centre in Kiswa, Bugolobi and was facilitated by Professors Henk G. Sol, Venansius Baryamureeba, Benon C. Basheka and Assoc. Prof. Dr. John Ngubiri and Dr. Johnson Mwebaze.

Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) partnered with UTAMU and developed a joint institutional capacity building programme that focuses on PhD training by research in a bid to address the educational gaps at doctoral levels in the East African region. This partnership was later joined by the University of Limpopo and the Human Sciences Research Council in South Africa in November last year.

Both institutions have hosted a series of workshops to facilitate PhD students to progress with their research projects. Areas of study under the MUST- UTAMU joint PhD collaboration include; Science, Computing, Public Administration, Economics, Management, Business Administration and Development studies.

Dr. William Muhairwe Joins UTAMU

Dr. William T. Muhairwe
Dr William T. Muhairwe, a Management Specialist has joined UTAMU as a representative of the private sector on the University Council.

Dr. Muhairwe has trained in Economic and Business Management and has vast experience spanning over 25years. He has been managing public companies in over ten countries, among them: Uganda, India and Pakistan, Germany, Nigeria and Trinidad & Tobago.

Dr. Muhairwe is quoted to have said, he grew up poor, which compelled him to found the “Muhairwe Education trust” , a nonprofit organization which helps disadvantaged children  advance their career at higher institutions of learning and promotes research.

“I came from a very poor background,  I know what it means to grow up in the village and struggle.  So, when a student from a very rural or poor school comes forward, they deserve all the support they can get,” Dr Muhairwe has been quoted as saying.  His break came when he secured a state sponsorship to Ntare School for his A-levels.

Despite the circumstances of his childhood, he managed to scale the heights to attain a PhD, Masters in Business Administration and Bachelors in Business Administration, from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany. He also became the Managing Director (MD) of National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), a State Corporation for 13 years before his exit in 2011.

Under his tenure, he implemented an innovative change management programme dubbed, “External Services arm” which became a platform for sharing best utility management practices in Sub-Saharan Africa. NWSC was also named “Employer of the Year 2003 for Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility”, won a Golden Award for “Management Excellence in 2004” and Employer of the Year 2004 for “Productivity and Performance Management”.

In 2005, URA presented the organization with the “Vantage Award” for exemplary Tax Compliance on Tax Payers’ Appreciation day.

Prof. Dr. Muhairwe previously worked for Uganda Investment Authority as Deputy and eventually Executive Director for 3 years. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of the East African Steel Corporation, a Joint Venture Company between the Government of Uganda and the Madhvani Group.

He is currently an Honorary Professor at Makerere University and the United Graduate College and Seminary, Tennessee, U.S.A.

He replaces Ambrose Ruyooka, who is currently pursuing further studies abroad. 

Poll Question 46

The Constitutional Court early this week nullified the Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014 for having been passed by Parliament without the required quorum of at least one third of all legislators. The law has been referred to parliament for further debate.

Share your views on the current twist of the anti-homosexuality bill.

Note From the Editor 46- final

Dear Reader,

Welcome to the 46th edition of UTAMU News.This week has been a beehive of activity at UTAMU.

The week kicked off with the 1st International Conference on Technology and Management 2014 (ICTM14), the first of its kind in Uganda, presided over by the Vice President of Uganda, HE, Edward K. Ssekandi on Monday. Thereafter, a series of events followed, among them: the Research Methodology workshop for PhD students, the Board of Trustees meeting and the closing ceremony of the Summer training.

ICTM14 was a highlight this week because UTAMU hosted an event which brought together professionals in ICT and Management across the world, representatives from public and private sector, Industrial experts, researchers, authors and scholars from local and international universities.

In this same issue, the 10 week Summer Training was concluded and students, most of whom were from various universities were ecstatic after being equipped with software development skills,winning awards and goodies for outstanding performance.

If you missed these events, catch the highlights in our 46th Issue.

10 Week Summer Training Concludes

Flock of Birds,UTAMU and a guest celebrate the milestones during the closing ceremony of the Summer
Training recently.
The Summer Training for the Agile Software Development course at UTAMU has been concluded.

The 10-Week course attracted 20 trainees from Makerere University, UTAMU, Kyambogo University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), Kampala International University (KIU) and KampaBits among others.

The training was aimed at empowering the youth through software and soft skills development particularly Leadership, Client Engagement and Business Communication.

The Manager for Engagement, Research and Innovation, Mr. Drake Patrick Mirembe challenged trainees to put to good use the knowledge and skills acquired in order to transform communities.

“I am glad to witness the first seeds of the Agile Software Development initiative. We expect them to nurture talent and reproduce nationally” he said.

The trainees lauded UTAMU and the ‘Flock of Birds’, a Netherlands based Design Firm which specializes in software development for giving back to the community through offering free software development skills to students irrespective of the institution they are from. The training was a brainchild of a partnership between the two.

The training which kicked off on 2nd June 2014 saw outstanding students awarded with job opportunities, I- pads and Certificates.

Prof. Jude T. Lubega applauds a group of trainees for their outstanding performance
in the 10 week Agile course.

The Flock of Birds team, UTAMU Management staff and other guests at the ceremony.

Mr. Drake P. Mirembe (L) and Michael Niyitegyeka (R)congratulate Ojok Ali upon completing Agile
Software Development Course.

UTAMU To Establish A Unique Brand Of Academicians – says Baryamureeba

Prof.Venansius Baryamureeba
The Vice Chancellor of UTAMU, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba has reiterated his commitment towards improving higher education in Uganda through enhancing research particularly in the field of technology and management.

Addressing delegates during the first Annual International Conference on Technology and Management in Kampala on 4th August 2014, Baryamureeba said UTAMU is set to establish the next generation of academicians that will be unique in the region.

“As an upcoming research and innovation led University, we are currently involved in several research and innovation projects with the best institutions across the globe. Our choice to pioneer an annual conference on Technology & Management is one of the ways the university is promoting research in our areas of specialty,” he disclosed.

Baryamureeba said the idea of a conference was birthed after realizing the need for a forum for international researchers and practitioners to present and discuss ways of improving service delivery through ICT and the need to revitalize management.

He told participants that  UTAMU vouches for strategic collaborations that are vital in building formidable human capital in the region.

“For the last two years, we have had partnerships with several academic institutions as well as public and private institutions to engage in research and innovations,” Baryamureeba revealed. Baryamureeba hailed distinguished scholars and delegates for believing in UTAMU and gracing its pioneer conference on Technology and Management.

He also disclosed that the University is in the final stages of hosting the International Journal of Computing, Technology and Management (IJCTM) which will provide an opportunity to scholars and researchers across the globe to publish articles and case studies.

The conference took place at the International Resource Centre (IREC) in Bugolobi and was presided over by the Vice President of the Republic of Uganda, H.E Edward Kiwanuka SSekandi. He opened the 1st ICTM14 conference and launched a series of subsequent conferences.

The conference was attended by dignitaries in government, the education sector, professionals in fields of technology and management, authors, researchers and scholars.

A cross section of authors, scholars and researchers at the ICTM14 conference in Kampala.

UTAMU Ranked 12th Best University in Uganda

UTAMU's main Administration Block
Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) has been ranked 12th best University in Uganda by the Webometrics, Ranking of World Universities.

While UTAMU comes in 12th among the 37 Universities in Uganda, it is ranked 353rd out of the 1307 Higher Academic Institutions in Africa, beating numerous institutions which have been in existence for decades.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, reacting to the news, said, “This is a preliminary indicator of great feats ahead. In spite of being in operation for two years, UTAMU has managed to beat academic institutions which have been in existence for decades. This attests to our commitment to stand out and build a leading and global institution of learning in Technology and Management”.

 To say that the news of the ranking was ‘well received’ would be an understatement. Some Staff were seen exchanging hugs and handshakes for a job well-done during the course of the week.

Webometrics Ranking of World Universities is one of the largest public research body in Spain that carries out thorough evaluation of Universities’ performances globally, taking into account their activities, product and relevance as well as their impact on the society in which they operate.

The body which is also known as “Ranking Web of World Universities”, bases its ranking on a composite indicator which takes into account the volume of the Web contents (number of web pages and files), visibility and impact of web publications.

Webometrics Ranking of World Universities began ranking Universities in 2004 with the intention of improving the presence of Academic and Research Institutions on the World Wide Web and easing access for publication of scientific results. Today, the body provides Web indicators for more than 12,000 Universities worldwide. 

VP Calls for Public-Private Partnerships

H.E Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi engages Prof. Baryamureeba after launching the
The Vice President of Uganda, H.E Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has emphasized the need for synergies between the public and private sector in order to realize economic growth and sustainable development.

Ssekandi was opening the 1st International Conference on Technology and Management, and launching a series of conferences at the International Resource Centre in Kampala, on 4th August 2014.

The forum was intended to provide a platform for international academicians, researchers and other partners to devise ways of improving service delivery using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and revitalizing the management sector.

“This conference is timely now that the Government has positioned ICT as an enabler for growth and development. It also in line with Uganda’s National Development Plan and Vision 2040,” he noted.

The Vice President used the occasion to challenge scholars to work towards achieving the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

“Like many countries around the globe, Uganda is still lagging behind but once partnerships are formed, it will give you an edge and the opportunity to be inventive and abreast with the trends and ensure your relevance to today’s community,” he emphasized.

Ssekandi also highlighted e-business, e-education and e-agriculture as key drivers of growth and commended UTAMU for sensitizing both the Private and Public Sectors through E-Governance Workshops. He noted that higher institutions of learning should be seen to contribute towards socio-economic transformation. 

“I want thank UTAMU for its continuous efforts towards empowering public servants. The government of Uganda will continue to support capacity building initiatives to revitalize service delivery through use of ICT”, he pledged.

The conference, an initiative of Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU ran under the theme ‘IMPROVING SERVICE DELIVERY THROUGH ICT AND MANAGEMENT REVITALIZATION’.