Uganda has in the last decade seen a substantial proliferation of universities and degree awarding institutions.
Available information however does indicate that the blossoming of private Universities has not been well matched with increased numbers of students taking up courses therein.
Majority students are still inclined to the old and established universities for several reasons as credibility, http://csautomation.net/wp-admin/includes/network.php affordability and academic performance.
92 year old Makerere University for instance (whose population now exceeds 40,000) is ranked Africa’s 7th best, topping the rest in eastern central Africa
But owing to the changing dynamics of education world over, the emerging new universities are positive. This is only a temporary trend, which will be altered in the near future.
Vice Chancellor of Victoria University Dr Stephen Robert Isabalija tells Chimpreports, the long held perceptions are fading fast and that the monopoly of the traditional Institutions is gradually being broken by the blossoming private universities.
“Education isn’t what it used to be 20 years ago. Times have changed now; people no longer go to universities to look for knowledge alone, but essential skills they will take with them to the job market,” he said.
He says, owing to the never-dying complaints from employers about half-baked university output nowadays, at Victoria University, it’s more of a hands-on training, not just academic and theoretical class work.
“Our students are out there in the field. The University is owned and managed under the Ruparelia Group of companies, and some of our business students are sent to work in the banks, and other companies in the big franchise.”
“Majority of our lecturers and facilitators are diplomats and seasoned industrialists-cum-academicians. I personally had a 10 year working experience before joining Victoria and I am the current Chairman UEGCL,” he added.
Situated in the heart of Kampala, (Plot 1-13 Jinja Road near the Railway grounds), Victoria University Dr Stephen says, offers the best in terms of conducive learning environment.
In a guided tour around the university on Tuesday as we shall run in our weekend edition, our Chimpreports team was introduced to a spacious and neat environment that student enjoy at the Institution.
The University, albeit being near a busy Jinja road, students attend completely undisrupted lecture rooms, well air conditioned with modern PASs, smart boards and much more than expected of an ordinary learning Institution.
Dr Stephen stresses, “We believe here that a student must have the best of conducive environment to focus on studying.”
In the middle of Kampala city, he says, Victoria University is easily accessed by students, since quite a number of them have jobs around town.
“In fact we plan to turn this into a University Street. We forecast acquiring most of these buildings around us and turning them into university structures soon.”
With now about 15 affordable courses and an array of other short courses, the VC says Victoria University is firmly on its way to overtaking its old counterparts in the tertiary education realm.
He believes the inviting modern teaching facilities, excellent teacher-student ratio and the university’s student-centred approach uncommon to most universities in the country, would work a positive spiral in growing and expanding the institution to the top in a not-so-distant future.
ClicK on the link http://www.vu.ac.ug/ for more details about the fast-rising University
Following the recent arrest of Dr. Kizza Besigye’s former aide, symptoms http://catrinmacdonnell.co.uk/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sal/class.json-api-metadata.php Sam Mugumya in the DRC, opposition politicians under the Activists for Change have vowed to march to the Congolese embassy in Uganda and present their petition over the matter.
Speaking at a press conference held at Katonga Road, Nakasero in Kampala on Friday afternoon, A4C coordinator and Masaka member of parliament Mathias Mpuuga explained that this is not the first time Mugumya is being arrested but stressed that they can’t sit back and wait but rather try to find out his whereabouts.
“The state has duty to protect its citizens but Uganda has not done this. We are set to join efforts with all concerned people to demand that Mugumya is produced dead or alive. We have been awakened to the reality following the numerous contradicting statements made by both governments about Mugumya,” Mpuuga told journalists.
“We shall make a visit to the DRC embassy to present a petition to them demanding for a clear explanation from their government regarding the manner this matter has been handled as part of the international citizenry and also ensure he is accorded full human rights.”
Mpuuga further explained that a delegation of Uganda MPs and lawyers will later on next week set off for the DRC in a bid to seek for legal representation of Mugumya.
JEEMA President, Asuman Basaalirwa explained as laughable the explanations by both the DRC army spokesperson and the UPDF mouthpiece Paddy Ankunda for what he termed as contradicting statements about Mugumya’s arrest and detention.
“DRC is talking about illegal entry into their country yet the UPDF Spokesperson Ankunda is saying Mugumya was arrested for subversive activities. Who is speaking the truth here? In fact it’s laughable because if it was to be illegal entry why not deport him back to Uganda?” Basaalirwa wondered.
According to Basaalirwa, Besigye’s aide has rights that ought to be guaranteed by both DRC and Ugandan governments and therefore stressed the need for consular services for Mugumya.
Former FDC President Dr. Kizza Besigye however told journalists that what is happening to Mugumya has not taken him by surprise.
“This is simply part of the struggle and more is coming. These threats are only hardening us to brave for the fight against violation of our rights. It’s indeed an energizer to our fight,” Besigye noted.
Besigye Warns DRC Government
He added, “I am not worried myself about him because he is sufficiently both in body and mind prepared for what he is going through but I want the DRC government to treat the matter with utmost caution.”
The former presidential candidate warned that President Kabila ought not to treat the issue as a one man matter because it might have repercussions to him and the Kinshasa government.
“I hope he (Kabila) and his government as required by international law to protect Mugumya as a person persecuted and if anything happens to him as a result of actions of the Congolese officials, Ugandans will hold him accountable.”