Victoria University, the fastest growing private higher institution of learning in Uganda, has intensified preparations for the much-anticipated Career Day that will see students listen to experienced and successful entrepreneurs and Chief Executives in Uganda
Some of the top executives to give key speeches include Mr Robert Kabushenga, CEO Vision Group, Mr Ethan Musolini, CEO, Success Africa, Mr Charles Ocici Executive Director Enterprise Uganda and Miss Leah Kalanguka (Miss Uganda 2014/2015).
They will be speaking to you about “Your career choice matters” at the event scheduled for April 25, 2015 at the Victory University premises along Jinja Road.
Career days or fairs are popular in western Universities such as Oxford, Stanford, Harvard and Cambridge.
Top industrialists and successful businessmen usually give addresses to help students prepare themselves for life after school.
Victoria University Vice Chancellor Dr Stephen Robert Isabalija says the Career Day “will provide students a golden opportunity to meet and interact with employers face-to-face, to gain firsthand knowledge about current vacancies and opportunities available in the industry sector, and to market themselves to prospective employers.”
He added: “We are treading in waters where others don’t go. We are giving students value for money. We are setting standards.”
Dr Isabalija said Victoria University, which recently signed a historic academic partnership with the prestigious Washington-based Institute for Public Private Partnership (IP3), wants students to fully appreciate the values, benefits and culture of the campus before their enrollment.
“We want to empower students to make better choices. We don’t only advertise to pull people but also enable them do the right thing when it comes to seeking employment or creating one,” he added.
“We want industry experts to work with our students and explain to them what is required of them. Industrialists keep complaining that tertiary education in Uganda is crap but we want to challenge that perception.”
A centre of excellence, Victoria University recently signed a partnership with IP3, a leading training provider and advisor to governments, financial institutions and public services providers in the growing international infrastructure marketplace.
For starters, IP3 assists public sector clients build enabling environments for Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), prepare and tender PPP projects, develop monitoring and enforcement capacity through effective infrastructure regulatory institutions, commercialize or corporatize public service providers, and introduce good governance and accountability standards across government services.
The course is currently viewed as the gateway to the top positions in public and private offices in Uganda and across the world.
Some of the eminent personalities who have benefitted from the IP3 training include Energy Minister Irene Muloni and her Permanent Secretary, Kabagambe Kaliisa and the late Joan Kagezi among others.
Some of the courses being aggressively pursued at the University under the 1P3 partnership include Certificates in oil and gas law, oil and gas project management, Oil and gas logistics and supply chain management and health, safety, and environmental management in oil and gas.
On the Career Day, says Isabalija, senior six vacists and their friends and parents will have free entrance.
He said prospective participants can reach the university administration on 0759996130.