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New Varsity VC Promises Research, Knowledge Based Education

The newly appointed vice chancellor of Jinja road based Victoria University, Dr Krishna N. Sharma, has vowed to change the way education is delivered in Uganda by adopting a research and knowledge driven teaching methods.

He was speaking at the Guild Meet and Greet Students Expo over the weekend. The evening event was attended by Victoria University students, management, secondary school students from select schools and other guests.

Dr. Sharma, who brings to Victoria University a wealth of experience having taught in six African countries, the last before coming to Uganda being Cameroon, says students should come out of university with more than a university degree paper but without knowledge.

“Students go to some universities and come out with the paper, not knowledge but the paper, I promise that when you come out of Victoria University, you will have the paper, you will have the knowledge, and you will have research papers publications,” he said.

The senior academician who has published over 200 publications in the medical field revealed that the University has international collaborations for international internships.

“Just compare a person coming out of university with say a bachelor of computer science and you coming out of Victoria University with a degree, published research papers, knowledge, international internship and innovations,” he boosted.

Victoria University seems to be walking the talk. The guild president Peter Isiko and six other students from the faculty of ICT showcased a mobile security app they called Nisaidiewhich will help users in times of emergencies and in the fighting crime.

“Each and every student in the faculty who presented a paper had an idea. At the moment, students are getting free mentors, free facilities. So when they go out of Victoria University, they have their business setup.”

“What I want you to do is think out of the box, do what you love to do but again there is a difference between what you want to do and what you want to be.” Dr. Sharma said in a message directed to some of the secondary school students who were in attendance.

He encouraged high school students who attended the evening event to always visit Victoria University for career guidance. Guests who turned for the event toured the school facilities and interacted with the University teaching staff.

Sudhir Hotels Get Tripadvisor Certificates Of Excellence

The tourism sector in Uganda got a massive boost when Sudhir Ruparelia’s hotels Speke Resort Munyonyo and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort were awarded with TripAdvisor's prestigious CertificateOfExcellence for 2017.

“We're honored to announce that we've received the TripAdvisor's prestigious CertificateOfExcellence for 2017 for the 3rd consecutive year. A massive thank you to all our customers for their amazing reviews and support,” a note sent out to customers in an email said.

Ajit Singh, Rooms Division Manager, said ‘we are always striving to become the best and to serve our guests and will continue to do so in the future. Do give us your feedback if you have stayed with us.

TripAdvisor, Inc., is an American travel website company providing hotels booking as well as reviews of travel-related content. It also includes interactive travel forums, according to Wikipedia.

Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort is a luxurious Five star hotel-resort in Kampala. The resort is located in Munyonyo, Makindye Division, in the southeastern part of Kampala, along the northern shores of Lake Victoria. The resort was commissioned in 2007 and served as the host venue of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2007.

Speke Resort Munyonyo is 5 star hotel in Uganda conveniently located 12 km from the capital Kampala. The hotel offers you the ultimate in luxury accommodation in Kampala and has leisure facilities together with the finest conference and business meeting location in East Africa.

Summit To Discuss Mozambique’s First Deepwater Gas Field Development

The announcement last month from Eni and the Mozambican Government on signing the Coral South floating LNG facility became the first of its kind for the African nation.

This marks the start of an implementation phase for the gas industry of Mozambique, with more such deals expected to move from planning phase into fruition, the economy will see the benefits from this new business in the country.

The Mozambique Gas Summit & Exhibition taking place in October will extensively cover the latest developments in Mozambique’s gas industry. The event will be organized by acclaimed oil and gas events company, the CWC Group, in partnership with Mozambique’s national hydrocarbon’s company ENH. Participants can expect to get the full update on the Coral South FLNG project from the country’s senior decision makers.

Senior Speaker List Includes:

  • H.E. Leticia Deusina da Silva Klemens, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Republic of Mozambique
  • Dr. Vasco Nhabinde, Director of Directorate of Economic and Finance Studies, Ministry of Economy & Finance
  • Dr. Omar Mithá, Chairman/CEO, ENH
  • Dr. Carlos Zacarias, President, INP

The Summit, to be held over 3 days in October, is widely supported by industry stakeholders including ExxonMobil, Anadarko & Mozambique LNG, BP, TechnipFMC, SASOL, Siemens and Alugas providing a unique opportunity to access and do business with these and many more key companies all under one roof.

Exciting features have been announced for this year’s summit, which will seek to increase attendee’s participation:

  • Outstanding Women Forum with our distinguished Guest of Honour Ms. Graça Machel (Drinks sponsored by ExxonMobil)
  • Roundtable Discussions
  • Mozambique Gas & LNG Awards Evening
  • 2nd National University Contest (Sponsored by BP)
  • Fully dedicated National Content Day
  • 3 Day International Exhibition

Africa TechNet Stakeholders Commit To Fight Against Climate Change

On the initiative of United Cities and Local governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) the Constituent General Assembly of the Network of Chief Technical Officers of Cities and Territories of Africa (Africa TechNet) was held from 03 to 05 July 2017 at Ivotel Hotel, of Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire).

90 City Chief Technical Officers (CTOs) from 41 African countries took part in the meeting that witnessed the election of the members of the governing team of the ‘Africa TechNet’ Network, for a three year term of office.

Ms. Eng Christine Adongo Ogut “Chief Officer Environment, Energy and Water” of Nairobi City County Government (Kenya) was elected President of Africa TechNet.

The Presidency of the body was completed by four Vice-Presidents representing the other African Regions: West Africa (Ms. Adam Habsou Anza, Chief Engineer of the City of Niamey, Niger); Northern Africa (Mr. Nour-Eddine Abdelkhalek, Chief Engineer of the City of Casablanca, Morocco); Central Africa (Mr. Kimina Itum Boneyk, Chief Engineer of the City of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of  Congo), Southern Africa (Mr. Maliwa Brifrey Muchuu, “Director of Engineering Services” of Lusaka City Council, Zambia).

The main goals of this Network are to:

  • Organize the common voice and representation of the Chief Technical Officers of municipal and territorial governments at the national, regional and continental levels;
  • Disseminate the good practices in the management of cities and territorial governments;
  • Build up the professional capacities and the performance of the members of the network and their capacities to improve the delivery of services to the people.

In this respect, the participants were given two days of training on the topic “TerritorialDevelopment and climate change: realities, constraints and opportunities,” conducted by the association ENERGIES 2050, a partner of UCLG Africa in the setting up of a ‘Task Force’ to prepare the access of African cities to climate finance and notably Green Climate Fund, which shall enter into operation in 2020.

The members of the Africa TechNet Network undertook to contribute to the work of the Observatory on the access of the people to basic services in cities and sub-national governments in Africa. The first results will be presented at the Africities 8 Summit scheduled to take place from 04 to 08 December 2018 in Brazzaville, Congo.

The Abidjan meeting was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior and Security of the Republic of Ivory Coast, the Union of Towns and Municipalities of Ivory Coast (UVICOCI), the Assembly of the Regions and Districts of Ivory Coast (ARDCI) and the association ENERGIES 2050.

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