Address DRC- Uganda Boarder Conflicts Before They Escalate To Anarchy

"We are living in fear, our families back in Uganda don't know if we are alive or dead; when we were arrested, some of our colleagues tried to run away and were killed and us who survived have not made any contact with our families; we have been detained for more than two month and not taken to any court."  Narrates the three Ugandan fishermen, Mr. Wambale Brian 31 years, Musah George 68 and Patrick ... 42 who were arrested by the Congolese soldiers in July 2018. 

This revelation was given to me during my recent visit to the province of North Kivu in Goma DRC where I was invited to participate in a cross broader meeting under the Great Lakes Coalition for the Conservation of Natural Resources (GLCCNR) ( a loose coalition of CSOs from Uganda, Rwanda and DRC).  From the meeting, I was given a rare opportunity to visit them in one of the military barracks where they are being detained waiting to be transferred to Kinshasa, the capital of DRC. 

The three fishermen insist they were fishing on the Uganda waters but the Congolese soldiers rounded them up and arrested them while those who tried to ran away, were shot dead. They have not did not get the opportunity to bury their friends instead they are being locked in a military barracks in Congo leaving their families in agony of their whereabouts.   

The unfortunate incident happened in July 2018, when the Ugandan soldiers and that of the DRC engaged in fatal fights around Lake Edward, which saw over 37 Ugandans and Congolese nationals die or go missing. Among those who survived are Mr. Wambale Brian, Musa George and Patrick (I didn't get his second name clearly) but have little or no hope if they will ever come back home, Uganda. 

It is very unfortunate that the fishing conflict around Lake Edward, which runs along the border between southwestern Uganda and northeastern DRC, has continued to raise tensions over the years with each accusing the other of illegally fishing in their waters. These conflicts stands to betray the good neighborly relations between the two countries, which share several natural resources including Lake Albert, Lake Edward, the greater Virunga National Park, Queen Elizabeth national park among others. 

The DRC and Uganda governments have diplomatic relations and agreements governing the use and conservation of transboundary natural resources which include the Ngordoto agreement of 2007 on Bilateral relations, the 1986 Agreement on establishing a joint permanent cooperation, the 1990 agreement of cooperation for the explorations of hydrocarbons and exploitation of common fields and the Luanda the Luanda agreement on cooperation and normalization of relations 2002. 

All these agreement signed by both counties provide basis for the diplomatic relations to manage  solve the conflict on the boarder but they are not following. In fact, both countries are party to the Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region under the frameworks of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). This pact, which binds both Uganda and the DRC to promote peace and development, which should be used to promote peace is being ignored by both governments, resulting in the death, arrests and detention of several nationals. 

The fact that both Uganda and the DRC are signatory to the above pact makes it incumbent upon them to use non-violence means in resolving conflicts and disputes, undertake mutual defense where necessary as opposed to fighting each other, fight against the illegal exploitation of natural resources, and not fight fishing communities and engage in judicial cooperation among others. 

Instead of finding amicable solutions to the challenges, the two neighboring countries have continued to have tense relationship at certain points in time the Congolese have accused Ugandan forces of encroaching on their territory, while Ugandan authorities have complained that the DRC does not do enough to fight militia activity near the border. These conflicts could escalate further and affect negatively on the ongoing oil developments in the region. 

These continuous conflicts could negatively impact on the Uganda's oil industry where government and oil companies are in the advanced stages of commencing oil production where a number of key oil infrastructure is being put in place including the Tilenga project located at the tail end of lake albert just about nearly 15 km to DRC. In addition, the planned crude oil pipeline, feeder pipelines, central processing facilities. These facilities will be located around or near the border with the DRC, which has had a bitter relationship on the shared resources. 

Therefore, the government of Uganda and DRC should honor the signed agreement and speed up the full implementation and compliance to protect the communities and developments along the border for the peaceful coexistence of the two countries. 

The two government take all the necessary efforts to demarcate the boarder and or harmonize the fishing laws used at the shared water bodies ensure that the fishermen who use the lake as a primary source of livelihoods understand and implement them. This will prevent future conflicts and arrests undermining the security of these countries.     

Finally, the two governments must use their diplomatic relations and unconditionally release the fishermen who have been arrested in specific countries so to release tension and have them united with their families. 

Samuel Okulony 

Programmes and research Coordinator 

Africa Institute for Energy Governance 

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How Djibouti Like Zambia Is About To Loose Its Port To China

Beijing's cumulative loans to Africa since 2000 amounted to $124-billion by 2016, according to figures compiled by the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI).

Djibouti is projected to take on public debt worth around 88 percent of the country's overall $1.72 billion GDP, with China owning the lion's share of it.

On March 2018, Djibouti signed a partnership agreement with a Singaporean company that works with China Merchants Port Holdings Co. or CMPort—the same state-owned corporation that gained control of the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka—to build the Doraleh Multipurpose Port.

In recent years, China has emerged as a key investor and a generous, ready and easy lender to African countries.

Beijing's cumulative loans to Africa since 2000 amounted to $124-billion by 2016, according to figures compiled by the China-Africa Research Initiative (CARI) at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in the United States.

Angola, Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo respectively, were the top beneficiaries of these loans. Angola's oil-related loans worth $21.2 billion since 2000 total roughly a quarter of cumulative Chinese loans to the entire continent.

"Half of those loans were given in the past four years," Janet Eom, an associate researcher at CARI, told DW. "So Africa's debt to China is becoming more of a concern moving forward."

While African Presidents are  at least this time round somehow exempted from the indignity of being talked down while clutching their begging bowls at western capitals before a few notes is thrown into their bowls, the readily available Chinese loans are not entirely risk free. 

Economists and other international financial institutions are becoming increasingly worried that the East Asian giant under a careful disguised "debt trap" diplomacy is burying many developing and poor countries in massive debt and then forcing the highly indebted countries to hand over some of their key infrastructures' such as the case of Sri Lanka. 

One such African country that is exhibiting all the red flag signals of going Sri Lankan and now Zambian way is Djibouti. 

Djibouti lies more than 2,500 miles from Sri Lanka but the East African country faces a predicament similar to what its peer across the sea confronted in 2017, after borrowing more money from China than it could pay back. 

In both countries, the money went to infrastructure projects under the aegis of China's Belt and Road Initiative. 

Sri Lanka racked up more than $8 billion worth of debt to Chinese sovereign-backed banks at interest rates as high as 7 percent reaching a level too high to service.

With nearly all its revenue going toward debt repayment, in 2017 after being pushed to the wall, Sri Lanka threw in the towel and handed over the Chinese-built port at Hambantota under a 99-year lease with China having a 70 percent stake.

Djibouti is projected to take on public debt worth around 88 percent of the country's overall $1.72 billion GDP, with China owning the lion's share of it, according to a report published in March by the Center for Global Development. 

At the end of 2016 China owned 82% of Djibouti's external debt. 

On March 2018, Djibouti signed a partnership agreement with a Singaporean company that works with China Merchants Port Holdings Co. or CMPort—the same state-owned corporation that gained control of the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka—to build the Doraleh Multipurpose Port. 

That project was completed in May 2017. 

The port is significant not only because it sits next to China's only overseas military base  but also because it is the main access point for American, French, Italian and Japanese bases in Djibouti and is used — because of its strategic location — by parts of the U.S. military that operate in Africa, the Middle East and beyond. 

One concern is that the Djibouti government, facing mounting debt and increasing dependence on extracting rents, would be pressured to hand over control of Camp Lemonnier to China. 

In a letter to National Security Advisor John Bolton in May, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), two members of the Senate Armed Service Committee, wrote that Djibouti's  President Guelleh seems willing to "sell his country to the highest bidder," undermining U.S. military interests.  

"Djibouti's now identified as one of those countries that are at high risk of debt distress. So, that should be sending off all sorts of alarm bells for Djiboutians as well as for the countries that really rely on Djibouti, such as the United States," said Joshua Meservey, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation.

And that's not all, China is not done yet with Djibouti, Beijing has been earmarked the country as one of 68 countries set to be involved in its ambitious One Belt and One Road Initiative (OBOR).  

Problem is eight of the 68 countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative currently face unsustainable debt levels, according the Center for Global Development's report.  

The eight nations are Djibouti, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, the Maldives, Mongolia, Montenegro, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.  

As past experiences have shown the eight nations will certainly be enticed to chew more than they can swallow and by the end of it end up being even poorer than they are now. 

As the cradle of mankind continues to sink deeper into debt condemning future generations to economic slavery, the late Whitney Houston feat Deborah Cox classic 'Same Script, Different Cast'  has never rang truer.

Total Commences Specialised Training Of Oil & Gas Manpower

Total E&P Uganda, the lead company on the Tilenga and EACOP Projects has unveiled the first batch of welding students to be trained as part of the welders training programme launched earlier this year.

The welders form the 1st batch of 25 out of the 200 students targeted for this initiative. The shortlisted candidates will undertake specialised training in 2G and 4G coded welding levels in line with the industry standards and requirements.

The training comes at a time when the company is preparing for a Final Investment Decision on the Tilenga and EACOP projects which will kick start the construction phase of the projects.

The training is therefore aimed at enhancing the employability of Ugandans from the Albertine region and East African Crude Oil Pipeline areas.

The commencement of the training follows a transparent selection process carried out by the training consultant The Assessment and Skilling Centre (TASC) with the involvement of the local leaders from the Albertine districts and along the pipeline route in Uganda.

So far, two training centers have been set up, one in Buliisa to cater for candidates from the Albertine districts, and the other in Lwengo district to cater for candidates from the pipeline districts.

Each batch of 25 candidates will undergo 3 months training which will involve technical classroom training as well as practical welding.

While speaking at the unveiling ceremony held at Buhimba Technical Institute in Hoima recenty, Total E&P Uganda Integrated Project Representative Jean Yves Petit said the programme is very important. 

"It signifies our commitment not only to the development of Uganda’s oil project but also to the empowerment of Ugandans to take an active and crucial part in the overall development of the oil project in Uganda.

“It is a strong commitment on our part specifically towards our host communities as all of the welders being trained here today originate from the areas around the pipeline districts and the Albertine region.”

The training will enhance the students’ knowledge and skills in order to meet the anticipated demands of the project as well as also ensure adherence to the highest standards of Quality, Health, Safety and Environment.

At the conclusion of the training, the students will be internationally certified welders of the American Welding Society Standard if they pass Certification tests. This will increase their employability not only within the oil and gas sector in Uganda but also in other sectors and in other countries.

“The training of the welding students comes at a crucial time in the project cycle as we prepare for the Final Investment Decision for the Tilenga and EACOP projects.

When this decision is taken, we can all expect that activities will rapidly increase shortly thereafter as we start construction of all the project facilities such as the Central Processing Facility and the pipelines.

The importance therefore of these welders cannot be understated. They are receiving training that is of international standards and this will make them employable not only in Uganda but internationally”, said Petit

"We are equally happy to announce that we have decided to train welder inspectors because quality control is absolutely key in the industry," Petit revealed.

The welders training programme is expected to equip 200 students with the highest level of oil and gas welding skills. The programme is fully funded by Total E&P Uganda.

Total E&P Uganda has also partnered with GIZ, the German development agency through a Memorandum of Understanding under which GIZ will use its expertise and experience in capacity building programmes to closely monitor the project’s implementation

Equatorial Guinea Warns Of African Asset Grab By Oil Majors

The return of oil majors to African exploration projects as upstream spending recovers threatens to slow down, rather than accelerate, the pace of new finds in the region, Equatorial Guinea’s energy minister has warned.

With oil prices recovering to $70/b this year, interest in Africa’s oil and gas potential has been reignited, with profit-making oil majors picking up exploration acreage abandoned by less cash-rich independents. 

But oil majors can often take longer to assess, prioritize, execute and appraise frontier exploration drilling compared to more nimble, tightly focused independent explorers, Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima told S&P Global Platts. 

“Majors are like big elephants, they are very slow. That means that the development of fast-tracking initiatives will slow down,” he said on the sidelines of an oil conference in Cape Town. 

Acknowledging that deep-pocketed global oil majors are well suited to developing existing discoveries, he said the return of oil and gas “superpowers” to African exploration drilling makes less sense. 

“Majors have big portfolios and take time to evaluate, they definitely slow down exploration, that’s the negative part.” 


Oil majors have emerged leaner and cash-flow positive from the downturn, and competition is heating up for quality exploration acreage to rebuild resources depleted during the spending slump. 

Last October, Total took a majority stake in a Namibian block, and one in South Africa, from UK-based independent Impact Oil and Gas.

Shell secured its first exploration acreage offshore Mauritania in July while ExxonMobil acquired stakes in Namibian fields from both Portugal’s Galp in February and from minnow Azinam in August. 

Meanwhile Total has consolidated its position in Uganda’s maiden oil fields in recent years while BP is building its African natural gas assets in Egypt, Mauritania and Senegal. 

“What are the majors like Total, Exxon, Shell seeing that the rest of us are not? The independents are leaving but the majors are coming back, and are coming very aggressively,” Obiang Lima said. 

In Equatorial Guinea, ExxonMobil is still assessing the commerciality of its Avestruz oil find announced in late 2017, which lies close to the oil major’s Zafiro field in Equatorial Guinea’s northern maritime area. 


Equatorial Guinea became OPEC’s smallest producer, behind its neighbor Gabon, in May last year and is currently pumping around 120,000 b/d of crude, according to S&P Global Platts estimates. 

But the Central African country is struggling to halt the decline in its oil production with new projects to offset an average 10% annual decline in output from its existing fields. 

Obiang Lima said he expects the country to be producing “at least” 120,000 b/d of crude in 2020 but is looking to new discoveries to boost the figure. 

Including condensates from its gas-rich producing fields and LNG, which don’t count under OPEC production targets, Obiang Lima said the country is producing a total of around 300,000 b/d of oil equivalent. 

He said Equatorial Guinea will launch a new exploration bidding round in January next year in the hope of attracting new upstream spending across the country’s oil and gas basins. 

Companies with existing upstream acreage in the country, which include ExxonMobil, Kosmos, Ophir, Marathon, and Noble Energy, will also be expected to commit to more spending as part of upcoming license extension talks, he said. 

“We need someone to go into the next cycle. We need to drill, that’s the only way and we want companies that are willing to do that. If you want to be in Equatorial Guinea, you drill. If you don’t want to drill, we’ll look for someone else,” he said. 

Equatorial Guinea began producing oil in 1995 and saw its production peak at 425,000 b/d in 2004. Before joining OPEC, Obiang Lima had said he hoped the country could recover its oil production to around 300,000 b/d by 2020, before raising it to 500,000 b/d within five years.

We Must Prepare Students To Be Able To Create Jobs - VC Victoria University

In 2010, a new private university, Victoria University, opened its door to Ugandans who wanted to pursue post secondary education but wanted something different from what the existing universities were offering.

However, it was not smooth sailing for Edulink Holdings Limited which owned the university at the time. Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia came to the rescue and in 2013, Victoria University, became part of the Ruparelia Group.

The University was  moved from its original home on Kiira road to Victoria Towers on Jinja Road, opposite Dewinton Road in the accessible city center.

In this interview, the vice chancellor Dr. Krishna N. Sharma expounds on the abilities and future of the University.

 What is the difference between the Victoria University of five
years back and the one of today 2018?

Victoria University is growing on a steady progress, every university grows slowly and universities are not like secondary schools, where you can keep loading in students on short term basis. You know any university is a universal thing, it doesn’t handle only teaching, it has many responsibilities, it does teaching, community engagements, research and publication .

when we talk about the university progression we talk about all the aspects. When we started we had only four programs in 2010 but now we have 20 programs, we have reviewed all our curricular with in these five years and the beautiful thing is that government doesn’t stop you from keeping reviewing your curricular in order to do something extra to your students.

When it comes to publications, we are building up capacity and just with in 2017 we published 25 publications including two books and our students have published because right now we have 5-6 publications in the pipeline.

On community engagement, we are moving because we keep going to camps to do the stress tests, counseling and apart from that our students have new creation, they have set new small nutrition groups in schools. 

Right now if you visit primary schools in Kamwokya pupils will tell you what to eat or not what to eat, how to clean your hands in homes and communities they are living in courtesy of knowledge they got from our students.

These students do their research within the community. So when you talk of progression, yes we are moving.

Where do you see Victoria University going within the next 10
years or more?

we have many plans but the education system is such a dynamic field, you cannot say that you are going to do A-B-D-C. We have bigger plans, we are going to start more masters programs, we are going to have more international collaborations like now we are in touch with Iceland government for a project, and we are in touch with one Swedish company and some hospitals to help them in research.

In future we are going to focus much on research and innovations. And certainly we shall set up branches in the next 10 or 15 years, in other parts of the country, that’s the plan but initially we wanted to first build up our expendable own campus in Kampala. so once we grow and become bigger then we shall expand this campus. 

What makes Victoria University different from other universities in Uganda?
Let me start with the different aspects of personalities of students or the student’s life. When you went to university trust me you went to study and pass the examination.

For example you may have some good friends you studied with and they are of big ranks in government and you can call them and say hi, and that kind of environment is what we want to give to our students and not only on national level but also internationally.

In lifestyle, were are in the heart of the town, they have that exposure, a person can come from the village and then learns how to live in high society.

When new students come here and see the cleanliness here after spending with us three years they will not want
to see dirty environment in their homes or where they are employed.

They also want to keep the open roof policy. We don’t treat them as students, we treat them as participants and our methodology of teaching is very beautiful I can tell you.

What do you do to students who come from far? Does university have students’ halls of residence?
First of all we don’t differentiate our students, we treat all of them equally, we identify their challenges and we sort it.

Those who want to rent hostels they can rent, our hostels are located just near at Nkrumah road about five minutes from here, students who come from abroad, we pick them on the first trip, our admissions office help them for visa .

Every year we see thousands and thousands graduating and joining
street life, searching for jobs, but with little success. Who should we blame for this unemployment in Uganda? Government?

I think government is not a problem, what else do you expect from government? The first problem is the thousands and thousands of graduates.

You cannot teach one thousands while you are graduating one thousand. Teach the number of students that you can handle. You see in developed countries like in India if anyone wants to start nursing school, the nursing council has to come and tell you the number of students your supposed to teach.

What is lacking in Uganda is technical skill, students go to classroom, a lecturer comes and you know professors have their own problems all over the world. They want students to read what is written in the book but the book is outdated, which is different with Victoria University.

We teach knowledge, attitude and skills. In UK or other developed countries I don’t think people die to get government jobs, graduates want to work for themselves because they have knowledge and skill. Literally governments around the world cannot employ every one.

It’s us the institutions that must prepare students for the market. For example we have mentored some of our students at Victoria University to start up their own Uganda it’s only our nursing students that do dissection not anywhere else. Uganda’s problem of unemployment is the poor quality of graduates institutions produce.


UNOC’s Chair Inspires Victoria University Graduands

While many young adults look at completing university undergraduate education as a conquest and a prestigious achievement, experience differs, with many people who have been down that murky waters saying it is the beginning of real life.

Graduating from university comes with its responsibilities and challenges especially in a country like Uganda where opportunities don’t come easily. It takes being innovative, assertive and lucky to get going.

And as students of Victoria University graduated at Kabira Country Club in Bukoto, Kampala, a world of certainty for many waited them. But in all this, they were chanced to have a man of reason among them to pep talk them and prepare them for a life of chasing opportunities.

Dr. Emmanuel Katongole who spoke at the third graduation ceremony of Victoria University is a man respected for his accomplishments - rising from a peasantry life to one of the most influential business people in Uganda’s corporate circles.

Addressing the graduating students, Dr Katongole, astute as ever, made mention of the things that these young adults must do to sail through the next life of laboring, finding your footing and contributing to the building the country.

Now that that these now graduates are going into the job market, he tips that employers are looking for a graduate from a well managed university like Victoria University. He says employers are looking for a person with ethics and integrity, transparency, quality, accountability and ability to execute assignments.   

“Thirty three years ago, at my graduation, as I sat and listened to the chancellor of Makerere University then, the vice chancellor, chairman of council and the commencement speaker then, I was filled with dreams.

“Dreams that I too would contribute something to the country but also to empower myself and my family. I know these are the same dreams that you have.Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy, neither will it be that easy for you.

“But what matters is the drive, the desire that you are going to succeed, the determination, the dedication but above all it is the discipline and resolve that you put in,” 

Dr. Katongole was born in 1962 to illiterate village parents. They could not even write their names, he says, but he managed to beat all odds including losing his father who had moved to Kampala city as a labourer at a tender age of four leaving all responsibility to raise him to a woman who had no job. 

Determination, discipline, hard work, luck, academic excellence and resilience of his illiterate mother saw attend some of the best schools in the country enroute to completing university at Makerere University.

Dr. Katongole is now currently the Executive Chairman of Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited (CQCIL) the only company in Sub-Saharan Africa authorized to manufacture triple-combination anti retro-viral drugs.They also make malaria treatment drugs. He concurrently serves as chairman of the Uganda National Oil Company and other corporate boards including ABSA Bank. 

Over 22 African countries are using malaria  drugs from his CIPLA, registering close to 9bn malaria treatments per year. Becaus of CIPLA and Dr. Katongole malaria deaths in Uganda reduced from 400 to less than 200 per month. He has a dream of seeing a malaria free world.

We Are Focused On Building A Unique University - Dr. Martin Aliker Of Victoria University

The Chancellor of Victoria University Dr. Martin Aliker says they are focusing all their energies on putting in place a unique university not only for people to come and access higher education but to get transformed human beings that think for themselves and ready to provide solutions to life’s challenges.  

The astute retired dental surgeon and established businessman who took over chancellorship of Victoria University in 2013 when the University was adopted by Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia made the revelation at the University’s third graduation ceremony which took place at Kabira Country Club in Bukoto, Kampala, last Friday.

“As a University, we are focused on building Victoria University into a Unique university. It is pleasing to see that the vice chancellor and his team are dedicated to achieving this goal. I urge you to maintain these principles and even aim higher,” Dr. Aliker said in his speech shortly before conferring degrees, diplomas and certificates to students who graduated.

“The type and quality of graduates a university produces is reflected in his or her competence. Today, there are many universities but to survive, Victoria University must offer strong programs. Our graduates must meet global standards & be admissible in any university,” he explained.

Dr. Aliker said to be the best Victoria University must earn it. He noted that while Victoria University can acknowledge work being done by other universities, theirs must have an edge by outing better qualified students. “This is our goal and we are determined to attain it,” he vowed.

He tipped graduating students to maintain networks they have made while at school because they will need them in the future. “Take up responsibilities in government, the private sector and other walks of life.”

Over 40 students graduated. In the same light, the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Krishna N. Sharma, said they are working at having more programs to be taught at the University. Already Victoria University has rolled out its maters degree program, the two year MBA. He called on students to be good ambassador of the University.

The guild president, Maria Peggy Nabunya, in her speech, said the University has done its best to make students excel. “The University has provided an environment to learn and be able to compete in the job market. To many education is a luxury but at Victoria University, it is not.”


Victoria University Sign Digital Health Diagnostic Software MoU With Swedish Firm

The use of technology to offer healthcare is proving to be a necessity especially in developing countries like Uganda where there is usually a shortage of health workers. To meet this need, innovators are coming up with the right tools each day.

One such tool is AITOPYA, a computer based software powered by artificial intelligence, that helps health workers and patients find solutions to illness and probable diagnosis. AITOPYA is a product of Swedish firm Byon8.

Last week, Victoria University, Byon8 and One World Health (OWH) medical center in Masindi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement and evaluate the efficiency of the Artificial Intelligent (AI) Diagnostic Support platform (AITOPYA) in a Ugandan context.

The MoU facilitates the implementation of a one year pilot project at three OWH clinics in Masindi. The dean faculty of health sciences at Victoria University, Professor Stephen Lawoko, said during this time the applicability, feasibility, effectiveness and efficiency of AITOPYA will be tested.

Victoria University research team will lead the work of evaluating the use of an AI digital tool for increasing efficiency and improving quality of care while Byon8 will install the needed AITOPYA hard and software at the clinics and train staff at the clinics. The purpose of training is to teach health workers how to use the platform in the most efficient way.  

One World Health medical center in Masindi offers a full scope of healthcare services to the community, delivered by trained nationals. Prof. Lawoko said over 2000 members of community are helped by the center.

“Victoria University will spearhead the research component of this project. Researchers from the faculty of health sciences and some from outside Uganda will join us in carrying out this research with the aim of collecting data, analyze this data and publish it in our peer review journals.” Prof Lawoko said at the signing of the MoU which happened at Victoria University.

Josef Murad, the CEO of Byon8, said they were driven by motivation and purpose when designing AITOPYA. He said AITOPYA is a software for professionals and for patients. “They can use the software to input patient data from anywhere they are, for example at home,”

“The software will use this information to calculate the most probable diagnosis. It can also enable remote consultations via video chats. It also gives health professionals a chance to follow up on patients remotely. They don’t have to actually go to where the patient is.

“It also works as a health resource that gives patients recommendations 24/7, for example what they should eat and this prevents diseases. It automates documentation and administration.’ Murad said shortly before signing the MoU in Kampala.

Victoria University Rolls Out MBA Program

Victoria University has rolled out its first ever masters degree program, Master of Business Administration (MBA), this semester. The MBA falls under the faculty of business and management and will be a two year course.

Speaking to Earthfinds, the dean faculty of business and management at Victoria University, Dr. Omotayo Adegbuyi said they have been cleared by Uganda National Council for Higher Education, the government agency that regulates the education sector in the country.

Prof. Adegbuyi said is an open professional course which admits anybody who wants to improve their business acumen. It has been divided into four semesters, the fourth being reserved for research, internship and compiling dissertation.  

“It is a practical course which helps you apply what has been taught to you. It can help you get promoted through the ranks to the top, the CEO. It enhances your performance at you workplace,” Prof Adegbuyi.

Under the MBA, students will be studying finance, marketing, management, research methods, human resource, planning and development, quality and systems, international business, consultancy, decision making, entrepreneurship and information among other topics.

Victoria University has four faculties - faculty of health sciences; business and management; science and technology and humanities and social sciences. Under these faculties a number of degree, diploma and certificates are taught.



Why You Should Enroll Your Child At KISU

Kampala International School Uganda (KISU) opened its door to teach Ugandan children in 1993, at its Bukoto campus. It has since grown to be the leading international school in Uganda.

KISU provides a broad, balanced curriculum based upon the National Curriculum for England, IGCSEs (Cambridge) and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, adapted to reflect the international nature of the school’s community and its location in Uganda.

KISU, located at Plot No. 447, Block 213, Old Kira Road, Bukoto, Kampala, Uganda boosts of State-of-the-art facilities including four science labs, three computer labs, three music rooms, three performance areas, an indoor gym, outdoor basketball court, 25 metre eight lane competition swimming pool, two libraries, smart boards in most classrooms and a five acre playing field.

Students participate in an extensive range of extracurricular activities including outdoor education and overseas trips, to diverse destinations such as The UK, France, Italy, Mount Kilimanjaro and a yearly ski trip in Europe. The holistic education also fosters involvement in community building activities..

Through its Early Years Programme, Primary Programme, Secondary Programme and IB Programme, KISU promote high standards across the curriculum in an environment where good quality teaching and learning take place and support each child in achieving their full potential.

The school recognises, respects and celebrates the multicultural and international diversity of our school community. It encourages active, creative and independent learners who take pride in all that they do by providing a safe, welcoming, secure and stimulating environment in which positive self-esteem, acceptance and understanding are promoted.

KISU’s bespoke curriculum model has been carefully designed to offer seamless progression across the whole age range, be relevant to social, cultural and geographical context, suit the needs of students as learners, take account of the needs of families who are often moving on to new international contexts after three or four years and to incorporate the pedagogical values, principles and approaches that we as educationalists believe in and know to result in learning that is deep, lasting and transferable.

KISU is fully accredited by CIS and are also an IBO “World School”. KISU has a very strong record for academic achievement with results for the IB Diploma that are consistently and significantly above the world average.

KISU sends students to the best universities around the world (predominantly in the UK, US and Canada).

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