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Victoria University Jump Starts Vodafone E-learning Academy

Vodafone Uganda, is set to enhance the e-learning space for university students in Uganda with the launch of the JUMP Academy, a new and first of its kind addition on the JUMP portal. As part of the education category the JUMP Academy provides students with free and unlimited access to a wide range of educational materials, tailored to the Uganda University curriculum. It was launched on 10th Feb 2017; with categories in Education, Entrepreneurship, Self-improvement, and Lifestyle.

Joseph Nyakana, Vice Chancellor of Victoria University, speaking at the follow up press launch and tee off the academy last week welcomed and commended the Academy as an evolution of education relevant for the times. He applaud Vodafone vision of empowering people through internet connections and working with the youths through various youth programs. He added that the academy compliment government initiate to digitize education.

Timothy Ssejoba, Principal Education Officer, Higher Education-Ministry of Education, noted that the academy is a platform for global interaction where the ability for students to connect with one another and the rest of the world becomes real and easy, especially for the Higher Education segment.

Cynthia Ayeza, the JUMP editor for Education category expressed optimism of the Academy saying, “the conversational-style tutorials which move away from the typical lecture-hall style, will fuse theory and practice in one, which is an opportunity for wholesome learning. I encourage young people to take advantage of this opportunity because it will give them the opportunity to access beneficial information at the tip of their fingers.

“It also means that those who are financially unable to afford formal education at institutions of higher learning will be able to learn at a minimal initial cost (buying a simcard and MiFi), and thereafter at no cost to them if they are subscribed with Vodafone. Furthermore, anyone that is interested in learning beyond their own field of study will be able to expand their knowledge base by having access to a variety of subject-specific videos, by simply logging onto”.

Jump, the unique online content platform, according to John Ndego, Chief Executive Officer- Vodafone Uganda, was launched in an increasingly digitized Africa and astonishing opportunities emerge when young people connect. “These ambitious young and driven crops of innovators are unstoppable. Matched with our aspiration to empower young people, we have continued to deliver our creativity through digitised education.

We are cognisant that education is the key to the successful transformation and development of any country; and Vodafone is proud to take the lead in this digital learning space through the launch of the JUMP Academy”, said John Ndego, Chief Executive Officer- Vodafone Uganda. 

The JUMP Academy comprises a series of recorded lecture videos that cut across various subjects based on the Uganda university curriculum. The 15 minutes videos will show topical tutorials by different lecturers and will be uploaded regularly.

Some of the pioneering and partner lecturers on the Academy include Mr. Nicholas Ndahura - Faculty of Human Nutrition and Home Economics, Kyambogo University University; and Ms. Prever Mukasa – Faculty of Communication, African Bible University, and Ruth Tile – Faculty of Humanities, Victoria University. The program kicks off with topics on Human Nutrition, Communication and Marketing & Advertising.

Sheraton Kampala Hotel Hires New Executive Chef

Sheraton Kampala Hotel last week announced that Vinz Karlsen has joined the team as the new Executive Chef. He joins with extensive experience, having worked in some top luxury hotels brands like Le Meridien, Intercontinental Hotel groups, Scandic Hotel Eremitage and many others, and has over 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, serving more than half of those as an executive chef.

His exposure to numerous cultures and Countries has enabled him to learn Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, French and English which are internationally recognized languages. Chef Karlsen’s experience spans across both managerial and kitchen duties. He acknowledges, however, that his new role presents unique challenges, most importantly is to ensure consistent quality of food from the kitchen. 

Commenting on his new role, Mr. Karlsen said; “I am very grateful to Sheraton Kampala Hotel for giving me the opportunity to showcase my talent, experience and also to learn from this new amazing culture. I take up this responsibility with gratitude and a lot of enthusiasm to work with the existing team as we continue to raise the standards and quality of the hotel. I already feel positive energy from the team.” 

Sheraton Kampala Hotel continuously strengthens its position in the hospitality industry and more specifically in the Hotel business by hiring very talented personnel , both local and international. Vinz comes with a lot of experience having worked in different countries in Europe and Asia. 

“We welcome Mr. Vinz Karlsen to Sheraton family and we wish him all the best. We hired Vinz because we believe he adds a lot of value to our team not only because of his expertise but also his appealing personality which we strongly trust it will be resourceful to the team and the hotel. As a hotel we dedicated to give our customers the best service and we believe quality human resource is a contributor to achieving this and thus the reason we have hired people like Mr. Vinz Karlsen,” remarked Mr. Jean Philippe Bittencourt, the hotel’s General Manager. 

Chef Vinz Karlsen inherits a remarkable standard set by the outgoing Chef Dhanushka Kumara who truly revolutionized the food quality at Sheraton Kampala Hotel. Sheraton Kampala is now one of the most renowned hotels in Uganda with a good variety of different cuisines from around the world.

Customers To Receive Prudential Bonus

Prudential Assurance Uganda Limited announced that customers will receive a bonus of 4 per cent for 2016 on their sum assured: A sum assured is a guaranteed amount paid at maturity or any other claimable event

The bonus applies to the following Prudential products: Pru Lifesaver, Pru Lifeplus and Pru EduSave. Which is an easy way for customers to save for their children’s education and protect the future of their loved ones. Prudential invests money in carefully chosen assets on behalf of customers, who receive a share of the profits as a bonus each year, provided they pay their premiums regularly.

Arjun Mallik, Chief Executive Officer Prudential Uganda, said: “As a business, we are focussed on helping our customers achieve their goals – be it saving for their children’s education through Pru Edusave or building a nest egg for the future and we will always deliver on promise.

“I urge all customers to pay premiums in time to ensure the financial future of their loved ones is always protected” He added This bonus will be awarded to all policyholders whose policies were active on their policy anniversary in 2016.


Buliisa Resettlement Coordination Committee Inaugurated

By George Busiinge 

Government of Uganda together with the oil companies Total E&P Uganda and Tullow Uganda Operations have formed and inaugurated the Buliisa District Resettlement Coordination Committee (DIRCO), to raise awareness of resettlement requirements and fostering cooperation.

Mr. Simon Agaba Kinene was elected Chairperson and Mr. Bernard Tugume was elected Secretary of the 16-member Committee unopposed at a ceremony that took place at Buliisa district resource center on Tuesday April 11, 2017. Mr. Kinene is also the Buliisa District Chairperson and Mr. Tugume is the Buliisa District Senior Lands Management Officer.

The Committee comprises of the Chief Administrative Officer, Resident District Commissioner, Local Council (LC) V Chairman, LC3 chairpersons of Ngwedo, Kigwera, Butiaba, Buliisa, Biiso, Kihungya and Buliisa Town Council and District Lands Officer.

Other members include; representatives of the District Land Board, NGO forum, Bunyoro Kingdom, Buliisa District Community -Development Officer, Women Council representative, Total and Tullow representatives, Petroleum Authority of Uganda and Community Liaison Officers of the contractors.

As government of Uganda and the oil companies move into the development phase to prepare for the production of Uganda’s oil, this will necessitate land acquisition for temporary access and permanent occupation as well as easements for the establishment of production facilities such as roads, pipelines, well pads and a Central Processing Facility among other infrastructures,

The need for acquisition will involve the preparation of a number of Resettlement Action Plans (RAPs) which will be conducted by Atacama Consulting in association with Synergy Global Consulting Limited and Nomad Consulting, on behalf of Government and Oil companies.

DIRCO will act as the primary interface between Total and Tullow, the local Resettlement Planning Committees composed of the concerned persons and the Resettlement Advisory Committee (RAC) at central level. The committee will also function as the primary vehicle for the dissemination of information to the affected communities.

The preparation of the RAP requires regular engagement with key stakeholders where advice and support will be sought. Mr. Kinene called for a high level of transparency among the stakeholders in order to register success in the oil and gas sector.

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