Admission of students at Victoria University Kampala for August – September intake, the second intake of the academic year, will ends at end of the month. This means that students seeking post secondary education still have a few days to join the fastest growing private University in the country.
The University located on Jinja road has proved to be the University of Choice for upcoming scholars in Uganda and on the African continent. It recently recruited deans to head the four faculties and a new vice chancellor.
The University offers various courses offered by the Faculty of Science and Technology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Faculty of Business and Management. The Vice Chancellor Dr. Krishna N. Sharma recently confirmed new faculties and courses will be introduced in 2018.
In this article we look at the diploma courses which students who have not been fortunate enough to qualify for degree courses can study. The dean faculty of science and technology Dr. Terry Kahuma recently told a meeting attended by secondary school students at the university that a diploma is as good as a degree.
“Studying a diploma is not a failure. It is as good as a degree therefore there is no reason to seat home because you didn’t qualify for a degree yet you can come here and enroll for a diplima course.” Dr. Kahuma told the teens.
Below we look at some of the diploma courses offered at the magnificent University.
Diploma Procurement & Logistics Programme
The Diploma in Procurement and Logistics Management endeavors to produce graduates with the skills and knowledge required for efficient acquisition and disposal of organization resources.
This program covers a broad spectrum of areas within the field, such as procurement, logistics, transportation, negotiations, inventory management and contract management.
The content is geared to enhance the skills set of those working in supply chain so they can carry out their supply chain activities more confidently and competently.
Diploma in Business Information systems
This is a course dealing with information systems because they play such a critical role in contemporary business organizations. Today’s systems directly affect how managers decide, plan and manage their employees, and increasingly shape what products are to be produced, where, when, and how.
The responsibility of information systems cannot be delegated to information technology gurus only, a manager must own the decision taken at the end of the day. Students who undertake this program will have relatively wider employment opportunities.
After the two year courses graduates can be employed as Business analyst, Internet service provider, Database designer and administrator.
Diploma in Information Technology
Information Technology is a critical component of modern life, and is essential to the communications that support modern society. New applications of information technology are constantly appearing; different applications are linked together forming a complex computing environment.
There is now an urgent demand for highly skilled Information Technology professionals with diverse specializations including business and management processes, the design and development of software systems. This demand is forecast to increase both in Uganda and world over.
The Diploma in Information Technology brings on board new approaches to teaching of Information Technology, combining solid engineering practices with knowledge of management and business processes
Graduates are in demand and may gain employment in a wide variety of roles such as Software engineer assistants, Systems analysts, Technology consultants and Database designers.
Diploma in International Relations & Diplomatic Studies
Diploma in International Relations & Diplomatic Studies DIRDS is an interdisciplinary field of study that focuses on the study of foreign affairs and global issues that affect states within the international system.
Graduates have get great work opportunities in Foreign Affairs, International business firms, Consultancy, Government, NGOs, International Agencies, Multinational firms, Marketing, tourism, Hospitality, Policy Development, Research, Education, Media, Market research, Journalism, Media & Public Affairs coordination & United Nations & and its attendant agencies.
Diploma in Tourism & Hotel Management
The hospitality and tourism industry has grown magnificently around the world. In East Africa alone, there is a humongous rise of Hotels, integrated resorts, Game viewing & game drives, Mountain Climbing, Gorilla Tracking, Bungee Jumping, Bird Watching, Visitors for Flora, Fauna, Lakes & Rivers, Eco-tourism sites etc.
With this diploma, you enjoy a solid foundation in hospitality studies before progressing onto a degree course. The objective of the program is to develop students' professional understanding of how hospitality and tourism organisations integrate business functions and focuses on specific departmental responsibilities as well as cross-functional management skills.
Diploma In Journalism And Media Studies
This course recognises the growing importance of Journalism, Public Relations and Media Management in Uganda. The course seeks to give students the opportunity to develop skills essential for working in the world of Media and Communications.
The course provides students with the opportunity to understand the role of media and communications in Uganda and other parts of the world. As well as examining contemporary media structures and developments, the course provides historical context for these developments.
Students who undertake this program will have relatively wider employment opportunities and can comfortably work as Journalists, Media officers and Communication Officers.
Human Resources Management
Human Resource Management is a strategic and coherent approach to the management of an organization’s most valued assets, the people working in organizations, individually and collectively to contribute to the achievement of organizational goals. Application of competencies in Human Resource Management is essential for survival of any organizations.
The Diploma in Human Resources Management enables learners to acquire competencies in attracting and selecting the best employees at the right time in the right place, motivating, and monitoring their performance for effective competitiveness to the organization.
Diploma In Banking And Finance
The Diploma Banking and Finance Program is a two-year full time programme that focuses on developing understanding of Banking and Finance Environment both locally and globally.
This prepares students for a career in Finance, Banking sector and Accountancy. It aims to provide sound knowledge to handle the operational and financial aspects in banking and finance.
The course will equip you with comprehensive knowledge and skills to enable preparation and analysis of the financial statements of the banks/companies, give insight into the concepts of cost accounting and management accounting, provide understanding of marketing concepts and activities related to the banking industry, and understand banking sector specific regulatory requirements.
The Diploma in Business Administration Program (DBBA) is another two-year program, with three flexible study modes — Day, Evening, and Weekend, to allow students to either further their education while maintaining current employment or study full- time.
This program is mainly targeting secondary school leavers and certificate level holders, who seek either a higher level qualification in order the enhance their employment prospects, or who need a strong foundation qualification in business and management to prepare them for University studies in the business and management programmes.