UTAMU Student Counselling Goes Digital

Universities have counselling centres for students to go to and share their problems and challenges such as failure to cope up with the course, poor grades, harassment, stress among others.  These centres have counsellors who are usually their lecturers and sometimes trained psychologists.

UTAMU being a technology-driven University, it has decided to take the counselling sessions digital. The University recently embraced the use of a mobile application with a feature that supports counselling of students. 

MyGrades SASA - a Student Academic Support Application has a feature called Counsellor (Chat with your consellor).
Students use it to access the services of a counsellor or mentor from anywhere at any time.

“This App also helps students who fear to physically approach their lecturers or counsellors to seek for advice,” says Prof. Jude Lubega, Deputy Vice Chancellor.

“Research shows that the most vocal people use technology specifically social media to express their problems, so why not use technology to make students speak out.” He adds. 

Both Students and Supervisors Need Training in Research

UTAMU organized a Research Methodology workshop to provide hands on research experience to students at both Masters and PhD levels.

Students in the Research workshop.


These seminars have been important in the students’ structure of study and help them in improving their research completion rates.

“We organize research workshops as a tool of keep students in academia and also equip them with skills to complete their dissertations,” says Dr. Doris Kakuru, Dean School of Business and Management (SBM).

The Dean urges students to always attend research workshops to benefit from the power of assignment. She explains that those who don’t attend miss important assignments and announcements that are beneficial in their studies.

“It is important for us to keep the students active in academia and help them complete in time (2 years),” she added.

Speaking to Mr. Denis Omvia, a Lecturer in the School of Business and Management, raised some of the challenges he observes as a supervisor.

“Both students and supervisors need research training on how to undertake research and to keep up-to-date with issues in academia,” says Mr. Omvia.

He also noted that; “The quality of work that students present is dropping because some so not adhere to our research guidelines.”


Photos: Rotaract Club Exhibits Phase 1 of Early childhood Project

The Rotaract Club of UTAMU on February 8 exhibited its first phase of the Early childhood for its upcoming community project at Bukasa Nursery and Primary school.

Club President MGP Sarah Owembabazi and the President Elect Diana Malanzi Nanyonjo showcasing their project to the Rotary International President Elect.

This was during the #Rotaract50 celebrations held at Hotel Africana in Kampala.

 The UTAMU stall was visited by the Rotary International President Elect (RIPE) Barry Rassin who was the Chief Guest at the celebrations.

The Club was represented by the Club President MGP Sarah Owembabazi and the President Elect Diana Malanzi Nanyonjo.

“We showed off our recognition from District Governor DG Kenneth Wycliff Mugisha for our Contribution to the Rotary Foundation,” said Owembabazi.

The Club had joined the rest of Rotaractors of Rotaract Uganda to celebrate fifty Years of continued service #Rotaract50 at a joint fellowship which took place at Hotel Africana.

Ms. Owembabazi speaking to Barry Rassin RUTAMU members with the RIPE.


UTAMU Opens up a Collaboration Centre in Western Uganda

In a bid to empower communities with skills and build capacity of the citizens, Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) has established a collaboration Centre at Nyamango Technical Institute in Kyenjojo District in Western Uganda.

A team from Nyamango Technical Institute after concluding a training at UTAMU campus in Bugolobi recently.

UTAMU and Nyamango Technical Institute signed a memorandum of Understanding on 15th February 2018 and will be offering uniquely designed short courses as well as provide support for Elearners on Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Master’s programmes.

The partnership aims at empowering and skilling local communities in the western region by providing an excellent Elearning platform facilitated by a rich blend of distinguished professors and industrial experts.

“Our goal is to extend our services to the local communities. This partnership means that all our programmes can now be accessed in Western Uganda. We aim at giving special focus on practical learning and ICT capacity development”, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jude T. Lubega explained.

Nyamango Technical Institute is accredited by the government of Uganda to accelerate skills development and is located in Nyantungo, Kyenjojo District. For details, interested candidates are advised to call +256782402155 or +256757682901 or write to nyamangotechnicalinstitute@gmail.com


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