Ugandan Elected on Students’ Parliament in Norwegian University

Henry Mutebe

A Ugandan student, ed Henry Mutebe has become the first African student to be elected into the student parliament of Oslo and Akershus University college of applied sciences.

Henry Mutebe, 30, is in his second year at his master’s degree in Multicultural and International Education.

He graduated from Kyambogo with a first class degree in Development Studies and was retained to start teaching at age of 22.

He has been involved in empowering of women and children and an advocate of girl child education and minorities.

Before leaving for Oslo in 2015, he was lecturing at Kyambogo, and studying law at Makerere.

In 2015, he was among the 8 emerging leaders selected for the prestigious UK chevening Scholarship.

He was to study a masters degree at London School of Economics and political science but he declined the offer to pursue his post graduate studies in Norway.

In August this year, he was elected as president of International students union a body that brings together over 1000 students at the university college.

Now, he beat 19 other candidates to emerge first in the race to join student parliament.

In Norway, student democracy is deep with students influencing what happens in universities and what governments do to improve students issues.

Mutebile said that his election was an eye opener for all other international students to eengage and involve them selves in school activities.

“It is not that they (international students) feel excluded, they just do not feel included. I want to break new ground and allow international students to participate and contribute at another level,” he said.

He has since declared his intentions to run for Vice President the next year.

“I want to position myself through bringing in the international perspectives, in addition to representing all students and I want to become Vice President next year,” he says.


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