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.