University education is the final lap in a student’s knowledge acquisition race and for that matter it must be of top quality. Parents when choosing a university for their children are very demanding. They want their children to go to a quality university.
In Uganda, there are quite a number of public and private universities. Some make the cut as good universities, some don’t. Sometimes amidst this variety, picking out the university that suites your needs as a learner can be troubling. Often times many students end at institutions that doesn’t address their needs.
As one of the top private universities in Uganda, Victoria University stands out as a fulcrum of academic excellence, offering a fresh and intellectually thriving environment for studying. It has rapidly risen as a learning center of choice for many students. It has nurtured critical and progressive thinkers.
In an interview, Victoria University vice-chancellor, Dr Stephen R Isabalija, the Jinja based learning institution offers first class facilities that makes learning a joy. These include State of the Art Clinical skills Lab and Simulation Centre, fully Air Conditioned Lecture Rooms, State of the Art computer Lab, spacious Student Lounge and modern Reference Library.
Victoria University is located in the middle of Kampala City, precisely on Jinja Road, opposite Dewinton Road, providing convenience and accessibility to all our students. This makes it easily accessible and makes it easy for students come in and attend lessons without much hustle.
Victoria University is the first and only University located principally at the heart of Kampala city. Student’s accommodation Hostels are also conveniently located within the city.
Demand Driven Courses
The University provides over 40 degree, diploma and certificate courses that have been bravely selected to meet modern day job market demands in different fields. Ahead of the August intake which is still ongoing, the University introduced short oil and gas courses for people working in the oil sector. This was an addition to other oil and gas courses the University offers.
Some of the degree courses the University offers under the Business and Management department include Business Administration, Procurement and Logistics, Banking and Finance, Bachelor of International Business (BIB).
Under the Humanities & Social Sciences department, the University teaches courses like Public Administration, Social Work & Social Administration, Journalism and Media Studies, Human Resource Management, International Relations and Diplomatic Studies and Tourism and Hotel Management.
Under the Science and Technology department, the university offers Computer Science, Business Information Systems, Business Computing, Information Technology while under the HEALTH SCIENCES department, students can study Public Health. Environmental Health Science, Midwifery Science, Nursing Sciences and Nutrition & Dietetics. You can find similar courses under degree and certificate level.
Research Driven Education
High quality good value courses need to be backed by a solid reputation of research, the vice chancellor explained in an interview. Therefore Dr Isabalija believes that through research driven education, Victoria University wants to be the best University in East and Central Africa.
Victoria University has already partnered with global institutions like IP3 Washington and Coventry University to help build its research capacity.
Victoria University is home to Ugandans, Rwandese, Tanzanians, South Sudanese, Barundi, Congolese, Indians, Zimbabweans, Cameroonians, Sierre Leoneans, Ethiopians, Eritreans, Somalis, Nigerians, and Ghanaian & Gambians, among many other nationalies.
With students coming from over 20 countries, Victoria University puts itself on the forefront as an international University with an open door policy that welcomes people from different walks of life. This policy endears it to foreigners who are living or intend to live in Uganda.
“Your experience and career advancement at Victoria University will help you gain responsible and technically challenging positions in life. Be assured of increased sense of self-esteem and a feeling of accomplishment and personal satisfaction when you enroll for a course at Victoria University. You will find welcoming classmates, engaging faculties, and a built-in community that will help you feel at home.” The University said in a statement.
Employment Oriented Education
No one goes to university without the desire to get a job or create one. Therefore preparing students for employment is a key mantle under which Victoria University operates. The University makes sure that graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills required for a successful career.
Input is provided from researchers, current market and industry practitioners, professional bodies to ensure that the curriculum and content fed to learners are up-to-date and relevant. The University has a dedicated Career Service team which is always at hand to assist students on embarking on their chosen career after graduation.
The University has also nurtured a very good working relationship with government ministries, agencies and departments and the private sector institutions and market leaders. Through this relationship they are able to get internship positions for their students for hands on training in a working environment.
Dr. Isabalija confesses that getting the right tutors to teach students to the level Victoria University desires is a hard task especially for demanding courses like oil and gas and health related courses.
He however reveals that they have managed to assemble a teaching staff that is doing a good job. The Ruparelia Group which owns the University has cut a niche in the education sector and ensured that the University does not only have the right facilities but also personnel.
For example, the admissions office provides a comprehensive resource for prospective students and current students to make the process of admissions hassle-free, flawless and as straightforward as possible while the University Council is a deliberative and broadly representative forum which exists to consider the activities of the University in all its phases.