Victoria university is doing all that is in their powers to be the preferred high learning institution in Uganda by making the right investment especially in the teaching staff since it already has the state of art facilities at their jinja road based campus.
Bank rolled by renowned businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, the future of Victoria University is guaranteed if we go by the successes of other education establishments like Kampala Parents’ School, Kampala International School Uganda and Delhi International Public School.
The relationship between Dr. Ruparelia and Victoria University is something Dr. Terry Kahuma, the dean faculty of sciences and technology pointed out during last week’s Victoria University Open Day which was attended by about 1500 secondary school students from different carefull selected schools.
Dr. Kahuma says Dr. Ruparelia hunger to excel as a businessman is catalyzing the development and eventual success of the University. The dean said that they are ‘driven by Dr. Ruparelia’s vision’ because ‘everything he touches turns to gold’.
Victoria University was founded in 2011 by an English education conglomerate but struggled to take off. Dr. Ruparelia saved the University from failing when he purchased for monies that was not disclosed. He turned it around and now the young university is a leading private University.
At the start of this year, new deans were brought in to revamp the University as consolidate their leadership in the market. Therefore Dr. Kahuma, faculty of science and technology, Dr. Sujaan Negi, faculty of Humanities and social sciences and for business were hired. Dr. Stefan Lawoko, faculty of health science, replaced Dr. Krishna N. Sharma who was made vice chancellor.
As vice chancellor, Dr. Sharma is committed to turning around the energetic university by introducing new concepts. Already the university is focused on fronting research, innovativeness, publication of research findings and mandatory internship as key tools to churn out already experience graduates ready for the market.
Because we leave in a global village, Victoria University, according to Dr. Sharma, is employing an international approach to their teaching methodologies so that graduates from the university can easily get employed and work outside Uganda.
“We collaborate with international universities in India, Pakistan, Mauritius, Canada and Sweden. We are sending our students to different countries so that they can have international exposure,” Dr. Sharma said.
“Are you going to look for the job only in Kampala, no, we stay in a global village and you should know what is happening elsewhere. We prepare our students for international market,” he explained further.
Dr. Sharma’s assertions are supported by Dr. Kahuma who said the University is ‘instituted in an international approach with state of the art facilities to deliver high education in an enabling environment to achieve maximum learning outcomes for international and national students’.
“While other universities in Uganda aim at mass education which is characterized by congestion in classes, squeezed spaces, crowded libraries resulting in a pool of poorly educated and underexposed graduates the philosophy at Victoria University is different,” Dr. Kahuma narrated.
The faculty of science and technology which Dr. Kahuma heads was carefully designed to match the skills need by the employers in Uganda and world over. He says the courses offered by the faculty are geared towards enabling students to be self employed and to employ others.
“The courses are also designed to be an innovator and to create products that are useful to the community. We give education will enable students to research more and to be creators,” he explained, adding that the University facilities equip students to attain skills and expectations of a good career.