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15 February 2017

50 Withdrawn From Makerere Graduation List

As a total of 14,895 Makerere University students prepare to receive their awards in different academic disciplines today, 53 of them have been removed from the graduation list following allegations that their marks were altered. Read more

Female Tops Makerere Grade, Best Brains Speak Out

More than 14,000 students are graduating at the 67th Makerere University convocation with 260 of the students coming out with First Class degrees. Read more

Mak-Convocation Unveils Perimeter Wall Construction Fundraising Drive

The Chairperson of Makerere University Convocation has unveiled the fundraising drive for the Makerere University Perimeter Wall construction project under the theme: “Security for Mak-Students and Staff First”. Read more

Reality Check Awaits A-Level Winners and Muk Graduands

On the one hand, some 14,895 students are graduating from Makerere University – the biggest number of graduands by any university in Uganda. On the other hand, tens of thousands of candidates will get their results, having sat A-level exams last year. Read more

 

31 January 2017

Bishop Odama Awarded Doctorate

Gulu University has awarded Archbishop John Baptist Odama a Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy for his outstanding role in brokering peace and reconciliation in Northern Uganda. Read more

Government Warns Makerere on MUBs students

Government has warned the Management of Makerere University against dragging students who have met graduation requirements into disagreements with Makerere University Business School. Read more

Makerere Calls Mubs for Crisis Meet Over Graduation List

Makerere University vice chancellor has invited Makerere University Business School (Mubs) leadership to a meeting to sort out disagreements over Shs4b functional fees arrears that threatens to block the graduation of nearly 4,000 Mubs students. Read more

Makerere Embarks on Headcount to Establish Numbers

A three-week head-counting process of Makerere University students and staff aimed at establishing the precise number of students enrolled in the institution and eradicating ghost students and workers. Read more

Makerere Laboratory Wins Award

The Makerere University–John Hopkins University Core Laboratory has been recognized and awarded winner of the Best Practice in Laboratory Medicine, by the African Society of Laboratory Medicine (ASLM). Read more

NCHE Disputes Busoga University’s 1,000 Degrees to Sudanese, Nigerian Students

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has raised concern about degrees granted to students who did not meet the minimum entry criteria for various programmes. Read more

NCHE Must Act to Save Our Education Standards Record

The National Council for Higher Education, the body charged with regulating tertiary institutions in Uganda, has notified Busoga University in Iganga district of its intention to revoke its provisional license if concerns are not addressed within six months. Read more

New Victoria Univ. Guild President Unveils Plans

The second year computer science student is full of ideas and plans to put Victoria University on the world map. Read more

Police Foil Busoga University Students’ Strike

Police have deployed in various parts of Iganga Municipality to stop students of Busoga University from holding a “peaceful” demonstration, following the closure of the university. Read more

 

15 November 2016

Emphasize Practicals in Agriculture Studies, Universities Urged

Universities offering agriculture courses have been asked to emphasize practicals in order to produce students who are practical and can transform the country. Read more

Makerere University at Crossroads: What Should Key Stakeholders Do?

I published an article advising Makerere University that its decision to raise salaries by 70 per cent from internally generated funds would tantamount to committing suicide. Now as I write this article, the University is closed until further notice by the President. Read more

Makerere Vehicles: Defiant Lecturers List Goes to Janet

Makerere University Vice Chancellor has said that by the close of Tuesday, he will have filed a report to the minister of education on university staff who defiantly failed to return university vehicles. Read more

Minister Muyingo Warns on Strikes

The State Minister for Higher Education, Dr John Chrysostom Muyingo, has cautioned students in institutions of higher learning against using strikes as a means of expressing their grievances. Read more

Minister Muyingo Worried About Defiance Culture in Schools

The state minister for higher education is worried about the rising culture of defiance in schools and other institutions of higher learning saying such behaviour is likely to plunge Uganda into trouble and moral decadence. Read more

Museveni Appoints Makerere Probe Committee

President Yoweri Museveni has appointed a nine-man committee to inquire into the affairs of Makerere University. Read more

Museveni Concerned About Quality of University Education

President Yoweri Museveni has expressed concern on the quality of graduates being churned out by universities and other institutions of higher learning in the country. Read more

President Orders Indefinite Shutdown of Top University

Makerere University, Uganda’s oldest and most prestigious higher education institution and one of the best in Africa, has been closed until further notice following a directive by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. Read more

Rwanda Hunts for Professors as Makerere Remains Closed

Amidst controversy on remuneration of academic staff in Uganda’s public universities, Rwanda’s leading university is hunting for professors with alluring packages. Read more

Sudhir’s Varsity Fires Top Academic Staff

A standoff involving the son of Victoria University owner Sudhir Ruparelia, and the academic hierarchy, hit the peak when the university council announced the dismissal of the top academic managers. Read more

Sudhir’s University to Replace Fired Staff

After firing its top academic staff, tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia’s Kampala-based Victoria University is searching for a quick replacement for the five faculty dean. Read more

Transform Makerere into a Private University

Nearly all the strikes that have broken out at Makerere University in the past two and half decades have invariably been triggered by issues relating to inadequate funding and administrative ineptitude. Read more

What Is the Answer to Makerere’s Problem?

As expected, Makerere University was ordered shut on Tuesday after academic staff refused to blink in their demand for billions in incentive pay which remains unpaid over several months. Read more

 

31 October 2016

Embrace Creativity, Graduates Told

In today’s world it is not enough to have a bachelor’s degree or even a master’s degree when you lack values, creativity, innovativeness and skills.

Fulbright Celebrates 70 Years of Partnership and Achievements

The Makerere University Chancellor commended the tremendous efforts of the U.S government in developing the academic and social-economic sector of Uganda through the Fulbright scholarship program. Read more

Government Condemns Violence at Public Universities

The State Minister for Higher Education has condemned the rising violence caused from demonstrations staged by both lecturers and students in public universities across the country. Read more

Insurers Call for Inclusion in School Curriculum

In Uganda, our school curriculum does not have insurance. We have people coming out of university who still do not appreciate the importance of insurance. Read more

Janet Cautions Universities on Compliance

Education minister Janet Museveni has called for universities and tertiary institutions to ensure that they provide quality and relevant higher education that leads to the employability of graduates. Read more

Kabale Varsity Still in Turmoil despite Janet’s Intervention

The hope to calm unending strikes by lecturers and students at Kabale University is not yet visible, despite the intervention of the education ministry. Read more

Kyambogo University Needs More Staff

Kyambogo University acting vice chancellor is seeking government support to increase its staffing levels. Read more

Makerere Suspends 15 Students over Indiscipline

In a bid to end indiscipline, hooliganism and lawlessness among students, Makerere University has suspended 15 students over destroying university property. Read more

Meet Roy Ssembogga, Guild President Pushed by a Retake

Roy Ssembogga should be a medical doctor today, after he completed his five-year programme at Makerere, early this year in January. As Ssembogga still has to pass a course he failed in his second year, but is enjoying time as guild president. Read more

Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa Fellowships-2017 Call

The Next Generation Social Sciences program, launched in 2011, is aimed at supporting the next generation of African researchers working on peace, security and development issues. Read more

Start Your Own Businesses Graduands Advised

If you want to succeed in life, start doing something for yourself however small it is. Try to create some business for yourself. Read more

Top Dons Campaign for Review of A-Level

The Uganda Vice Chancellors’ Forum says two years is a short time for students to decide their career paths, leading to the high levels of unemployment. Read more

Universities Urged to Invest in Research

Universities in Uganda have been challenged to invest more in research and practical learning instead of focusing on mostly theory. Read more

VP Challenges Local Science Educationists

Vice President has called for sustainable scientific collaboration between Ugandan institutions of higher learning and the rest of the world if the country is to attain its middle-income status. Read more

Why Curriculum Reform Efforts Are Likely to Remain Largely Ineffective

Despite the numerous earlier efforts made to customise and vocationalise Uganda’s basic education curriculum, school education has remained too elitist, pedantic, abstract and divorced from the practical needs of its client society. Read more

 

30 September 2016

30 To Graduate from NWSC Vocational Training Facility

National Water and Sewerage Corporation’s (NWSC) vocational training facility is set to pass out its first trainees on a special programme aimed at helping informal employees acquire qualification papers. Read more

Eight Innovator Teams Awarded RAN RIC4CONF Grants worth US$280,000

The Resilience Innovation Challenge for Conflict (RIC4CONF) Grants Call was announced by the ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), School of Public Health (MakSPH), Makerere University in March 2016. Read more

EU Climate Diplomacy Week Lecture Calls for Burden Sharing

As part of activities to mark the Climate Diplomacy Week, the EU Delegation in Uganda in partnership with the Makerere University Centre for Climate Change Research and Innovation (MUCCRI) organized a Public Lecture aimed at raising climate change awareness among University students. Read more

Pre-Entry Exams for Medical Interns Will Ensure Quality Healthcare

Recently, medical interns from Uganda’s five public universities overwhelmingly protested a decision by the Ministry of Health to set pre-entry exams that will be taken by all medical graduates for them to be enrolled as interns. Read more

Prof. Maria Musoke a Solid Bridge between Health and Information Sciences

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda hailed Prof. Maria Musoke for her tremendous work in bridging the gap between health and information. Read more

Researchers Cautioned Against Inflating Costs

Kyambogo University’s acting vice chancellor has challenged researchers to have realistic budgets while presenting their proposals. Read more

Ugandans Excel in Israeli Internship Programme

Another set of Ugandan students recently departed for an international agricultural internship programme in Israel. However, with this came the news that Ugandan students are excelling on the modern farms and are in such high demand, two returnees returned to Israel with the new contingent. Read more

Will Kiggundu Survive the Unending Makerere Strikes?

Academic staff at Makerere University found themselves in a dilemma. Initially, some elected to go with the decision of the Makerere University Academic Staff Association (Muasa) management, calling for a strike over unpaid allowances. Read more

 

15 September 2016

200 Awarded Mastercard Scholarships to Makerere

Some 200 needy students started classes at Makerere University, thanks to support from the MasterCard Foundation Scholars programme. Read more

All Set for Makerere Guild Election

Makerere University electoral commission is set for the re-election of the guild president at the School of Education for a substantive student leader. Read more

Eight Get UK Chevening Scholarships

Nine Ugandan scholars will soon join a healthy tradition, traveling to the UK for further studies for postgraduate study on the Chevening scholarship scheme. Read more

Kampala University Passes out 256 Nurses and Midwives

There was pomp and pageantry as Kampala University School of Nursing and Health Sciences held its third graduation, while marking 11 years since inception. Read more

KIU Changes Pharmacy Training

Kampala International University (KIU) is preparing to change the way pharmacists are trained in Uganda, by including a practical element. Read more

Masaka Disowns Varsity Quota Students

Masaka District chairperson has queried the names of students admitted on the 2016/17 university district quota scheme, saying the beneficiaries are not bona fide residents of the district. Read more

Museveni Installs Muni Varsity VC, Rebuffs Arts Courses Again

President Museveni on Monday echoed his long-held view that some universities continue to teach courses, mainly in the humanities, which do not add value to students. Read more

Muteesa University Staff Upset Over Delayed Salaries

Months of delayed pay have proved too much for staff at Muteesa I Royal University to deal with, prompting a row with their vice chancellor. Read more

Solar Powered Internet School Launched in Kyengera

A Solar Powered Internet School (SPIS) and an E-Learning Centre have been launched in Kyengera, a Kampala suburb, at Mackay College and Nsangi Secondary School respectively. Read more

Prof Ocitti’s Long Walk to Education Icon

Prof Ocitti braved the odds to become one of the most iconic scholars in the country. Read more

 

31 August 2016

4 Universities Producing Fake Nurses

Up to 1,200 students have been affected by a scandal whose cause is attributable either to failure to pay attention to detail. Read more

Cavendish University Opens Law Facility, Restructures 60 Staff

Cavendish University has inaugurated two state-of-the art facilities in the Acacia, Bukoto neighbourhood to accommodate law and health sciences students. Read more

Disputed Nursing Degree Graduates Run to Parliament

Former students of Uganda Christian University whose nursing degrees were rejected by the nurses and midwives regulatory body have now petitioned parliament. Read more

Enroll For Higher Education, Varsity Boss Tells Basoga

The Vice Chancellor of Busoga University, has lashed out at the people of Busoga over failure to take advantage of existing institutions of learning to further their education. Read more

Government, Clergy to Build University

In a bid to address the rampant youth unemployment, the government has partnered with clergy to set up a vocational university in Semuto. Read more

Govt Should Honour Its Promise to University Staffs

The non-teaching staffs in public universities under their association, the Public Universities Non-Teaching Staff Executives Forum (PUNTSEF), have been on strike for some weeks demanding payment of their arrears. Read more

Information Ministry to Consult on Post Graduate Journalism School

The Ministry of Information, ICT and Communication is set to consult with, among other stakeholders, the universities and media practitioners’ associations on a proposed post graduate school for journalism. Read more

Leaders Submitting False Academic Papers Are Embarrassing To Young Generation

The electoral commission has admitted that last month’s court rulings which saw a number of legislators thrown out of parliament over various electoral offences, is a wakeup call for electoral laws to be revised. Read more

Makerere University Begins Tele-Medicine Services

Makerere University College of health sciences and the Rotary Club of Kampala North have started testing video conferencing equipment which was installed at the school to improve healthcare services around the country. Read more

Makerere University Students Protest against Delayed Opening for New Semester

Makerere university students have staged a protest over the University’s decision to postpone the opening for the new academic year as the strike by non-teaching staff in public universities persists. Read more

More than 6,000 Students Admitted to Tertiary Institutions

The Joint Admissions Board (Jab) in the education ministry released this year’s admissions lists for tertiary institutions. Read more

Museveni Set to Meet Striking University Staff

A meeting between President Yoweri Museveni and some members of the university non-teaching staff is scheduled to take place at State House Entebbe. Read more

Muteesa Varsity Students Protest over Deficient Conditions

Students at Muteesa I Royal University blocked a meeting of the university council this morning in an attempt to force the dismissal of the vice chancellor. Read more

Prepare Your Child for Work

The Education ministry statistics show that more than 400,000 youth are churned out of universities and other higher institutions of learning. Read more

UCU to Open Campus in Sebei

Uganda Christian University is extending its wings to Sebei sub-region. The campus will be housed by defunct St Peter’s Girls Secondary School building in Kapchorwa District. Read more

We Should Carry Out Proper Research on Sex Education

In recent times, sex education in schools has been in the news. Read more

 

31 July 2016

August Intake for Victoria University

Victoria University is a private university fully accredited by the National Council of Higher education. Read more

Court Blocks Relocation of Makerere University Fort Portal campus

The High court in Fort Portal has issued an injunction halting the relocation of Makerere University Fort Portal branch. Read more

Makerere Admits 16,500 on Private Scheme

At least 16,500 students have been admitted to Makerere University on the private sponsorship scheme, according to a provisional list released. Read more

Makerere University Committee Clears Prof. Mahmood Mamdani of Wrongdoing

A committee investigating the causes of a public row between Professor Mahmood Mamdani, the Executive Director of Makerere University Institute of Social Research (MISR), and researcher Dr. Stella Nyanzi has cleared Mamdani of any wrongdoing. Read more

Makerere Lecturers Give Government Ultimatum on Salary

Academic staff of Makerere University yesterday gave government an ultimatum of up to today to pay their June salaries and allowance arrears for five months. Read more

Makerere Varsity Chokes on Shs125b Debt

Makerere University has accumulated debts of about Shs125b in unpaid pension arrears to staff, incentives, utility bills and teaching materials. Read more

Makerere Varsity to De-Register Fees Defaulters

Makerere University will automatically dismiss students who fail to register with the institution by the 10th week of a semester. Read more

Verifying Mps’ Academic Documents Not the Responsibility of Parliament

The discussion about some MPs whom courts have found to lack the minimum academic requirements to join Parliament has had several dimensions. Read more

 

15 July 2016

Kabale University Staff Strike

A Public Administration lecturer blamed the crisis at Kabale university on the huge communication gap between the staff and management. Read more

Kyambogo University In Vice Chancellor Crisis

Once again, Kyambogo University is in a crisis, after its efforts to obtain a substantive vice chancellor ended in shambles. Read more

Norwegian Embassy Invests Sh10bn in Makerere’s E-Learning

The Norwegian embassy has injected sh10bn in an e-learning project at Makerere University. Read more

UCU Graduates 47 First-Class Students

As Uganda Christian University holds its 17th graduation ceremony, a total of 47 students will be awarded first class degrees in various disciplines. Read more

 

30 June 2016

EAC Launches Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Centre

Uganda’s Makerere University has been announced as the home of the newly launched East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREE), which is set to address key issues related to renewable energy resources. Read more

EAC Probe Queries Medical Training in Ugandan Varsities

A technical investigation into the country’s seven medical training universities in the country has established that majority have inadequate infrastructure, academic staff and their medical students have limited access to patients for clinical training, which in turn undermines the quality of graduate doctors from those universities. Read more

How Did Uneb Verify Mps’ Fake Papers?

About a dozen Members of Parliament have lost their seats, most of them over lack of requisite academic qualification. Read more

IGG Not to Intervene in Kyambogo VC Contest

As the search for a substantive vice chancellor at Kyambogo University rages on, government ombudsman, has declined to halt the process on the request of a petitioner alleging irregularities in the process. Read more

Makerere Proposes New Fees Policy

Following a series of violent strikes by the students over what they called unfair fees policies, Makerere University administration has proposed a new policy. Read more

Makerere to Award Best S.6 Science Students

Makerere University College of Health Sciences in partnership with Eastern Diaries, a Muslim organization aimed at empowering students with health skills is set to award the best senior six science students to motivate them do science courses at higher institutions of learning. Read more

Uneb Is Wrong On Pre-Entry Exam for Law Degree Course

Head of Uneb’s research unit, asserting that Uneb research had found that the current policy of liberalisation of student admissions by law schools in the country was wrong and ought to be re-examined. Read more

Uganda Sends 5 Universities to 8th All Africa University Games

For the first time in the history of these games, students will be ambassadors of their institutions and not nations like it has previously been. Read more

 

15 June 2016

ICT Courses Should be Practical

A quick look at the list of accredited programmes on the Uganda National Council of Higher Education website shows that teaching undergraduate computer science and IT has become affordable in almost all institutions of higher learning in Uganda. Read more

Makerere Fort Portal Campus on Gradual Closure

Higher education in the Rwenzori sub-region will continue majorly with Private Universities as the Makerere University Council resolved to gradually close the doors of its campus in Fort Portal last week. Read more

Makerere University Holds Chinese Language Proficiency Contest

The first Chinese Bridge contest in Uganda attracted contestants from all the institutes that teach Chinese language in Uganda under the guidance of the Makerere University Confucius Institute. Read more

Public Varsities Win Big in Education Budget as the Old Problems Persist

The Ministry of Education, Science Technology and Sports budget for 2016/17, which shows that public universities will take the lion’s share of funds, even as sector officials insist that the major focus will remain on early childhood education. Read more

Ssematimba in Court to Regain His MP Seat

The newly elected Busiro South constituency legislator who was last week kicked out of Parliament by the High Court over academic papers has run to Court of Appeal to challenge the decision. Read more

Sellal Reçoit L’envoyé Spécial du Président Ougandais: Consolider Davantage les Institutions Africaines

Le Premier ministre, M. Abdelmalek Sellal, a reçu à Alger, M. Henry Oryem Okello, ministre des Affaires internationales, envoyé spécial du président de la République d’Ouganda, en visite en Algérie, indique un communiqué des services du Premier ministre. Lire Plus

 

15 May 2016

Admissions 2016: Kitende Still Best

An analysis of the admission lists for five of Uganda’s seven public universities shows that St Mary’s SS, Kitende has once again dominated entry to institutions of higher education on government scholarship. Read more

Gambling Students Renege On Fees, Strike Over Policy

Many students at Uganda’s flagship Makerere University are diverting money into gambling and are failing to pay tuition fees on time, according to staff. Read more

Govt Should Let Public Universities

Over the last three years, public universities have been beset by strikes over poor pay for staff and late payment of tuition by students. Read more

Support Staff Strike Exposes Disunity in Universities

Non-teaching staff at public universities went on strike, arguing that they wanted the government to include last year’s arrears in the salary enhancement. Read more

University Staff Suspend Strike

Non-teaching staff at public universities have suspended a nationwide sit down strike Read more

 

30 April 2016

Lecturers Give MUK Ultimatum over Unpaid Arrears

Lecturers at Makerere University have given the university administration a one week ultimatum to pay their incentive arrears or they stop teaching Read more

Makerere Students Strike in a Witchcraft Style

After days of relentless strikes without a positive response, Makerere University students pursuing Bachelor’s degree in Ethics and Human Rights, demonstrated in a witchcraft style. Read more

Makerere University Admits 1,500 Students on Government

Makerere University has admitted at least 1,566 students who sat last year’s Senior Six national examinations to join the institution next academic year on government scholarship. Read more

Makerere to Set up Committee to Investigate Dr. Stella Nyanzi’s Actions

Professor Ssentamu says a committee will be set up to investigate the incident and the different accusations Dr. Nyanzi has levelled against Prof. Mahmood Mamdani, MISR’s director. Read more

New Universities and 20 Technical Colleges on the Cards

Uganda’s government has halted the trend of upgrading tertiary colleges into universities. Read more

Prof. Sebuwufu warns varsity students against riots

You must remain good citizens amidst political differences and learn how to accommodate opposing views and not to join riots but live in harmony. Read more

Universities and Their Struggles with Fees Defaulters

With only three days left to the end of the 12th week of the semester, Makerere University is yet to collect fees from more than half of the private students. Read more

Without Government, Students Support, Makerere University Is ‘Lifeless’

A semester can’t elapse at Makerere University without students rioting against a policy that necessitates them pay tuition. Read more

 

15 April 2016

Castigate Rogue Makerere Students

A semester never elapses at Makerere University without students’ rioting against a policy that necessitates them pay tuition. Read more

Kyambogo Students Strike Over Delayed Results

Kyambogo University students on Wednesday went on strike over the university’s delay to release last semester’s results and also the transcripts of those who graduated early this year in January. Read more

Kyambogo Varsity Non-Teaching Staff Threatens to Strike Again

The non-teaching staff of Kyambogo University has threatened to strike again overgovernment’s failure to clear their salary arrears for non-teaching staff in public universities across the country. Read more

Makerere in Shs21b Fees Deficit

Makerere University is demanding Shs21b from more than half of the private students who have not paid their tuition, a month to the close of the semester. Read more

Medical Students Protest Scrapping of Faculty Allowances

Government sponsored medical students of Gulu University are protesting a new policy that will have fourth and fifth year students scrapped from benefiting from the faculty and equipment allowances. Read more

MPS Reject Sh115bn Meant for Ministry of Education Project

The implementation of the Ministry of Education Support to Higher Education, Science and technology sh115b project hangs in balance after the MPs rejected the proposal by the ministry to approve the expenditure as part of the supplementary budget. Read more

UMA, Universities Get Shs357b Loan for Students Internships

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has given the Uganda Manufacturers’ Association (UMA), a $105 million (Shs357 billion) loan to support internship programmes for students. Read more

 

1 April 2016

Busoga Varsity To Dismiss 100 Lecturers Over Lack Of Papers

Over 100 lecturers at Busoga University are listed for dismissal for lack of requisite academic qualifications. Read more

7 Million Ugandans Haven’t Been to School – Census

Even with a remarkable steady increase in literacy rates, nearly seven million Ugandans, representing 19.3 per cent of the total population, have never been to school. Read more

12,000 Fail to Get Mak Transcripts

At least 12,000 Makerere University former students have not received their transcripts three months after they graduated in January. Read more

Kampala University Gets Charter, As 2,500 Graduate

It was an occasion to celebrate as the vice chancellor, Prof Badru Ddungu Kateregga, announced that the institution had secured a charter from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), enabling them to run postgraduate programmes. Read more

Makerere Among World’s Top 50 for Development Studies

Makerere University is one the best fifty universities in the world to study development studies, a new ranking have revealed. Read more

Nkumba University law students for international law competition

Three law students at Nkumba University are in France for a weeklong International Humanitarian Law Moot Competition. Read more

NPA Boss Rejects Jinja Varsity

The executive director of the National Planning Authority, has called on the residents of Jinja Municipality to stop calls to turn facilities at some secondary and tertiary institutions in the municipality into a public university. Read more

Produce More Children, Pleads University Boss

Kampala University Vice Chancellor Badru Kateregga yesterday asked Ugandans to produce many children so that private investors in higher education institutions can stay in business. Read more

Team Business Becomes University

After five years, Team Institute of Business and Management (TIBM) has become the latest university, after getting a provisional license from the National Council for Higher Education. Read more

Turning Tertiary Tnstitutions into Universities Not the Solution

Two major government officials finally admitted a matter that has irked several observers of the education sector. Education Minister admitted that the sector blundered when it elevated bona fide tertiary institutions into universities. Read more

Uganda Students Scramble for Contraception Pills

Makerere University students scramble for emergency contraception pills after a lecture on a campaign dubbed “Not 2 Late”, the campaign is intended to create awareness on the dangers of unwanted pregnancies among the students. Read more

 

15 March 2016

Academic Low-Performers Banned From Student Politics

Academically low-performing students at Makerere University in Uganda may not participate in student leadership. Read more

Dons Look to Rescue Higher Education

African university heads have recommended that institutions of higher learning adopt modern corporate business models to survive. Read more

Makerere Scoops 2016 Debate Award

Makerere University has won the 9th inter-universities human rights debate at Ndejje University in Luweero District. Read more

Should Public Universities Focus on Science Courses?

It is that time of the year again. Public university officials are lobbying various government institutions to have their budgets enhanced. Read more

Universities Tackle Next Frontier, E-Governance

For years, universities have been judged on their majestic huge buildings and extensive book catalogue that had some scholars exploring libraries for days. Read more

 

29 February 2016

HESFB Wants Shs 1.5bn to Sponsor PhD Students

The Higher Education Students’ Financing Board (HESFB) has asked for an extra Shs 1.5bn from government to enable them sponsor students pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD). Read more

ISBAT Is The Latest University – NCHE

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has accredited International School of Business and Technology (Isbat) into a fully-fledged university. Read more

Makerere University Signs A USD 19m Contract Agreement With Unisplendour (UNIS) of Tsinghua University

As beneficiaries of the Project, Makerere University will be able to improve its network connectivity to enable Colleges get reliable connections . Read more

We Still Need To Regulate Journalists

The controversial decision by parliament to require media houses to assign only reporters with journalism degrees to cover the House is an interesting one, given that journalism has and is still going through a rough patch. Read more

Why Parliament Has Set Bar High for Journalists

Parliament last week sent out a letter to editors requesting them to send names of journalists they would want to deploy to cover the  10th parliament. Read more

 

15 February 2016

Graduates Urged to Start Up Own Businesses

They were told to organize themselves into groups in their respective courses and ask their leaders to help them access money under the youth livelihood program. Read more

Lecturers Turning Into Financial Mercenaries

National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) executive director Opuda Asibo has said Ugandan universities are running short of lecturers as many have turned into financial mercenaries and are no longer committed to their work. Read more

Parliament Bars Reporting By Journalists with No Degree

A debate has been raging in Uganda over whether a degree improves the ability to comprehend and accurately report on parliamentary proceedings. Read more

Schools Asked to Relax S5 Sciences Entry Points

The Minister of state for Higher Education, Prof Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Tagboa, yesterday directed schools to relax entry cut-off points for students wishing to join their institutions for science courses. Read more

 

January 2016

Ezra Suruma Installed As Chancellor of Makerere University

It was a joyous moment as students from the Makerere University School of Performing Arts led the procession to welcome senior presidential advisor on finance Prof. Ezra Suruma to his installation ceremony as the new Chancellor. Read more

Graduates Told To Use Brains, Not Beg

New graduates across the country have been urged to scan the environment and make use of the best available opportunities instead of waiting for help from the government. Read more

Makerere Starts Shs 43bn Construction Works

Construction of two four-storey structures at Makerere University started, with earth movers starting to prepare the ground for major works. Read more

Makerere Gets Shs2b to Boost Disease Research

Makerere University and Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) have received $7.2m (about Shs2.4b) under their joint Centre for Infection and Immunity Research and Training programme (MUII plus). Read more

Makerere to Query Graduation List Mess

Makerere University vice chancellor has once again apologised to those who missed out on last week’s graduation ceremonies after their names were not cleared in time. Read more

NCHE Blamed Over Sub-Standard Universities

The Kyambogo University Council chairman, has castigated the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) for giving out operating licences to mushrooming universities that do not meet the standard requirements. Read more

Regional Bank Offers Prestige Degrees

The Africa-America Institute is accepting applications for the new East African Development Bank (EADB) scholarship program for experienced teachers and lecturers. Read more

Why the Ugandan Elites Can’t Bring Change

The dictionary defines elites as “part of a group that is superior to the rest in terms of abilities or qualities. Read more

 

December 2015

IUIU Grants Dr Sengendo Five More Years as Rector

Despite making what seemed to many as a farewell speech last year, Dr Ahmed Sengendo, the rector of the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), last week saw his term of office extended by a further five years. Read more

Kampala University’s Kenya Campus Graduates 500

Five years after it opened its gates to students, The East African University (TEAU), a sister to Kampala University held its second graduation ceremony last week in western Kenya. Read more

Makerere University Tops Media Awards

Several Makerere University journalism students were crowned winners at the recently concluded Inter-institutional Media Challenge (IMC) awards. Read more

Makerere, Kyambogo Set Graduation Dates

Makerere and Kyambogo Universities have set dates for their graduation ceremonies, due to take place next month. Read more

Time to Emphasise Vocational Training among Learners

For the last seven years, the government has been preaching vocational training. The argument has been that not everyone could get a degree at university, and not everyone should aspire for it in the first place. Read more

UMI to Set Management Benchmark for Government

The Uganda Management Institute (UMI) will soon set up a clinic to assist troubled organisations. According to the UMI director general, the move follows demand for assistance from the public. Read more

 

November 2015

75 Ugandans Denied Kenya Law Exams The Kenya’s Council of Legal Education says the students did not study some law course units during their undergraduate studies in Uganda. Read more

Are African Private Universities as Pitiable as Portrayed Abroad? A staff at the University of Southampton sent me an article titled ‘Africa’s teaching shops: the rise of private universities’. Read more

Gulu Varsity Law Students Protest Over Accreditation At least 23 law students who completed their studies at Gulu University and are to graduate on February 9, 2016, have threatened to sue the university over slow response to have the law course accredited by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). Read more

Integrating Students’ Online Lifestyles with Academics The textbook is slowly fading out as the world shifts towards digital learning software and services. Read more

It Is Time for University Students to Vote Their Way Out of Unfairness Students of Makerere University made their voices heard over an unfair new fees structure. Read more

King Oyo Excites Makerere University Students It was joy, elation and fanfare on Saturday at Makerere University in Kampala, when Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV met the students of Tooro Under their Umbrella Makerere University Tooro Students Association.  Read more

Mak Delegation to Malaysia Lays Firm Foundation for Collaborations Makerere University is set to establish partnerships with universities in Malaysia to extend each other’s areas of interest. Read more

MUST Launches $3.2m Research Initiative MUST has launched the 5 year Mbarara University Research Initiative (MURTI), a program aimed at building the research capacity of junior academic staff at the university. Read more

Qualification Requirements for MPs Are Too Weak, Low Right-thinking citizens would perhaps agree that parliaments are solemn constitutional entities that are charged with onerous responsibilities of framing the law. Read more

Royalty and Loyalty at Mak as King Oyo Makes Inaugural Visit Royalty and Loyalty combined in big volumes as the King of Tooro Kingdom, made his maiden entry into the gates of Makerere University. Read more

Who Is The Ideal University Graduate? With thousands of graduates released onto the market every year, the blame game continues between the academia who educate the graduates and the private sector which absorbs them on who should equip them with skills in the different professions. Read more

 

October 2015

Government to own Makerere’s Kiira EV car Makerere University has agreed to a 4 per cent shareholding on their Kiira EV car innovation with government following an out-of-court settlement. Read more

Gov’t embarks on building regional technical institutions The government of Uganda has embarked on the construction of regional technical institutions in partnership with the government of China in a bid to emphasize vocational education in the country. Read more

Embrace integrity, Kagina advises Ndejje graduates Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) executive director assured university graduates with “maximum integrity and honesty” of a better future in the job market. Read more

 

September 2015

418 Named in Makerere Probe into Exam Fraud An internal Makerere University probe has confirmed that at least 418 students illegally altered their marks to get better grades. Read more

Gulu Varsity Students Petition RDC Students of Gulu University on the weekend study programme have petitioned the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) over missing lectures for two weeks. Read more

Kabatsi Petitions NRM Over Kawooya’s Qualifications A former head of legal department at State House, has petitioned the NRM electoral commission, seeking a cancellation of the nomination of Ssembabule Woman legislator Hanifa Kawooya over alleged lack of academic qualifications. Read more

 

August 2015

Nkumba’s Future is Bright – Dean of Students The university started as a kindergarten in a local chief’s compound in 1952. Read more

Non-Teaching University Staff Put Pay Strike on Hold Public universities in Uganda have resumed full operation after several weeks of industrial action. Non-teaching staff had laid down their tools citing low pay and anger over government action to raise lecturer salaries but not theirs. Read more

Research Should be Mandatory at Higher Institutions of Learning Every university must hold at least one international conference in every academic year and also run an internationally peer reviewed journal as a standard and best practice in Uganda. Read more

 

July 2015

Giving Students the Right to Switch Universities Initially, if you were to upgrade from a diploma to a degree, you had to go through all the three years. But with the new credit accumulation system, you do not have to go back to the beginning; but you can join along the way as long as you studied the subjects. Read more

Kyambogo College Dominates Private Admissions at Kyambogo University Kyambogo University concluded admissions for their next academic year, with the release of their private admissions list. Read more

Makerere Nurse Scoops Research Ethics Award A senior nurse trainer has won this year’s national bioethics award. Read more

Must Every Course at Makerere be a Degree Programme? In the current admissions, Makerere University has introduced and admitted students to the following three-year degree courses; Read more

Varsity Students to Transfer Credit Units Students who wish to switch from their current higher institutions of learning to other universities before completing their course units can now do so after National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) passed a policy to allow credit accumulation and transfer in institutions of higher learning. Read more

 

June 2015

KIU Sets Doctor Graduation Quota The founder and proprietor of Kampala International University, Hajj Hassan Basajjabalaba, has said the university has set a target to start producing 1,000 medical doctors in Uganda annually effective 2020. Read more

Loan Scheme Will Increase Access to Higher Education for Needy Students The Government of Uganda has introduced a number of policy interventions in a bid to increase access to education. Read more

MUBS Rejects Govt Offer on Varsity Status Makerere University Business School has rejected the government proposal to make it a tertiary institution with powers to award degrees instead of a fully-fledged university. Read more

Museveni Commends Makerere on Education The President advised Prof. John David Kabasa to work out a programme to produce cotton and silk products saying that such an arrangement would enable the youth to have employment. He pledged the NRM Government’s commitment to the intensification of the provision of more skills to the people than it has hitherto done. Read more

Pay Hike for University Academics to Improve Quality Lecturers at all six public universities in Uganda will have a salary increase of 53% effective from July. The pay hike is an effort by the government to improve higher education quality and skills development. But academics are not impressed. Read more

The Higher Education Students Financing Board (HESFB) The Higher Education Students Financing Board (HESFB) was established by an Act of Parliament to manage the Students’ Loan Scheme. The Board has received funds from the Government of Uganda to be used for financing Ugandan Students who are pursuing studies in Higher Education Institutions in Uganda. Read more

 

May 2015

University Chiefs to Tackle Relevance of Higher Education Relevance of higher education in a globalized world will be at the centre of the conference that will bring together distinguished scholars across the globe in the Rwandan capital, Kigali next month. Read more

Uganda’s Higher Education Chocking Higher education in Uganda, one would confidently say, is hanging on a thread. Simply put, it is just a matter of time before if goes down crashing, if nothing is quickly done. Read more

EAC Council of Ministers Concludes 31st Meeting The 31st Meeting of the Council of Ministers, among others, considered progress report on Harmonization of Higher Education Systems as presented by Prof. Mayunga Nkunya, the Executive Secretary of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA). Read more

Fix Education System to Empower Graduates, Expert Tells Gov’t A human resource expert has tasked government to ensure that the education system enables university graduates to build self-confidence. Janat Nambi pointed out that 30 graduate job seekers enter her office everyday but are found to lack confidence during interviews, plus many lacking a direction in their respective lives. Read more

Professional Certifications; Can We Avoid Them? In the wake of education commoditization where education qualifications have become “tradable goods” employers are finding alternative avenues of how they can gauge one’s competency besides the academic qualifications. Read more

West Nile Students Miss Out on Muni Varsity Admissions When Muni University opened in 2012 in Arua District, there was a lot of excitement in West Nile that the institution would boost higher education in the sub-region. Read more

Ankole Varsity Rival Councils Disbanded The Church of Uganda has disbanded two rival governing councils at Ankole Western Institute of Science and Technology (AWIST-popularly known as Ankole Western University), which have been fighting over management of the institution. Read more

Why Not-For-Profit Education Institutions Deserve Tax Relief In Uganda, anything labelled ‘private’ will usually means an enterprise that is established for personal gain. Therefore, many of the articles I have read about this subject assume this to be the case. Read more

 

April 2015

International Schools: A Growing Choice Ten years ago, the chance of finding an international school in your residential area in the city was, at best, rare. But not anymore in Uganda; with more international schools cropping up. Read more

Will Makerere’s Electric Car Now Be Manufactured or Die Secretly? There have been a few times in the past when President Museveni picked specialists in technical fields, people who were not regular politicians and appointed them government ministers. Read more

Elevate Vocational Training From ‘Fall Back’ to ‘First Target’ Career Path While statistics seldom make sense to anyone except mathematicians, Uganda’s youth unemployment rate of 62 per cent cannot go unnoticed. Read more

Failed University-Industry Links Escalate Joblessness With many graduates across Africa unable to secure jobs, links between university education and industry are under intense scrutiny. The failure of companies to employ graduates is blamed largely on irrelevant course content that does not match industry needs. Read more

 

March 2015

Upgrading National Technical Institutions Isn’t Good for Uganda Kyambogo University should be stripped of its status for failing to meet minimum standards. Read more

Varsity Loan Scheme Hijacked – Kagonyera Makerere University Chancellor has said government scholarships to students joining university and other institutions of higher learning are benefitting only the rich instead of the poor they are intended for. Read more

Makerere To Phase Out Diploma Programmes Makerere University has stopped accrediting any diploma courses and is working to phase out at least six diploma courses currently offered at the institution. Read more

Striking Dons Can Be Replaced – Gulu VC The Gulu University Vice Chancellor has lashed out at the striking lecturers at the institution, saying none of the academic staff at the university is indispensable. Read more

What to Do Before Selecting a University Before joining any university or institution of higher learning, it is very important that a student or parent ascertains that the university and the course offered are accredited. Read more

 

February 2015

MUST Respects Separation of Powers as by Law The main law governing universities in Uganda is the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act 2001 (as amended) herein referred to as the Act. Read more

Can’t buy a PhD at Makerere? Don’t Worry, Become a Plumber Instead Officials at Makerere University are investigating reports that as many as 600 degrees might have been awarded to students who did not qualify for them. Read more

Makerere Launches Probe into Claims of Fake Degree Awards The Makerere University Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academics has said they are investigating circumstances under which the names of some students appeared on a recent graduation list yet they had not met the minimum academic requirements. Read more

Institutions Protest New Curriculum Proprietors of clinical institutions in the country are demanding the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) and the Ministry of Education to review and bridge the current gaps in the new curriculum for Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Community Health. Read more

Vocational Training Body Demands Autonomy The Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) is pushing for an amendment of the law to make it semi-autonomous. Read more

Govt, Makerere Lecturers Clash Over Museveni’s Pay Raise Makerere University lecturers and officials of the Ministries of Education and Finance are wrangling over the apportioning of the salary increment announced by President Museveni last year. Read more

Museveni Orders Probe into Ankole University Fights President Museveni has asked leaders at Ankole Western Institute of Science and Technology (AWIST) and West Ankole Diocese to carry out a special audit to resolve the ongoing wrangles between the two institutions over accusations of corruption. Read more

VP Launches 20-Floor Kibaki Library at Makerere The state of the art library, to be built by Makerere University and partners in honour of Kenya’s former president, will further contribute to the academic advancement and excellence at East Africa’s oldest University. Read more

Teachers Call off Strike, Give Ultimatum Teachers under their umbrella body, Uganda National Teachers Union (UNATU), have suspended their industrial action, just a day after announcing it, paving way for the first term to open as scheduled. Read more

Makerere Scandal is a Symptom of Deep-Seated National Malaise According to the story, Makerere University is investigating allegations that at least 600 students who did not qualify were included in the January 2015 graduation list. Read more

Government Approves More Courses for Student Loan Scheme More cash-strapped university students are set to benefit from the government loan facility after authorities yesterday announced six additional courses to be considered under the Students Loan Scheme. Read more

NCHE Tasked to Probe Fake Degrees Lawmakers yesterday interrogated officials from National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) on the “scandal of fake degrees”, demanding an investigation into the saga. Read more

NCHE Resolves Ankole University Deadlock The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has approved the new governing council for the Ankole Western Institute of Science and Technology (AWIST). Read more

 

January 2015

Police Reject Recruits with Pass Degree Pass degree holders seeking to join the Uganda police force at Cadet level have been rejected. Read more

Vocational Skills Way to Go The state minister for Higher Education has called for concerted effort to popularise vocational courses. Read more

Gulu University Gets New Chancellor Professor Frederick Kayanja has been appointed chancellor of Gulu university. Read more

Who Sets Standards and Ranks of Academic Gowns? It is possible for universities to have a structured, centralised manner of producing gowns, with graduands buying or hiring. Read more

Adopt Agro-Processing Engineering To achieve vision 2040, strategies towards an easy path to it. Read more

 

December 2014

Pioneer Students Graduate at IUEA Graduates were asked to use the knowledge acquired to shape the future of Uganda. Read more

Review Sponsorship to Profit the Poor The Chancellor of Makerere University has urged leaders to change the policy of selecting government sponsored students to public universities. Read more

Nkozi University Cleared to Teach Monitoring and Evaluation The National Council for Higher Education has cleared Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi (UMU) to offer a masters degree in monitoring and evaluation. Read more

NCHE Orders Kayiwa University to Close Academic Programmes The National Council for Higher Education has ordered Kayiwa International University to suspend all of its academic programmes until the council evaluates its capacity. Read more

 

September 2014

Over 150 Students Win 2014/2015 Madhvani Foundation Scholarships Muljibhai Madhvani Foundation has offered over 150 scholarships worth 650 Uganda Million Shillings to both graduate and under graduate students in various scientific disciplines. Read more

Students Push for Tobacco Control Bill Passing Students from five universities are petitioning parliament to pass the Tobacco Control Bill, arguing that it has stayed too long on the shelf. Read more

MP Kawooya Degree Case Hearings Starts The Supreme Court received new evidence from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) pointing to the fact that the Sembabule Woman MP did not have the academic qualifications required of a Member of Parliament. Read more

 

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