Being Guild President Of Victoria University Has Been Sweet But Challenging - Peter Isiko

The history of Victoria University Kampala will barely be written without the name Peter Isiko, the University’s third guild president. The computer science student on started handed over the guild presidency to another person who name will forever re-echo in the history of the University – Maria Peggey Nabunya, the first female guild president.

In this exclusive interview Peter Isiko dwells deeper into his one year rule as the top ranking student leader of the Ruparelia Group owned University located on Jinja road in Kampala, the capital of Uganda, East Africa. Read on.

How has been your reign as guild president of Victoria University? How can you describe it?

It has been bittersweet because there have been challenges as well as accomplishments. I have had several things that I wanted and managed to do and then others that I didn’t do. But overall I will give my reign as guild president of Victoria University a 60-40 score. The 60 percent is for the achievements and the 40 percent for the challenges I faced.

Talking of challenges, what are some of these challenges?

The biggest challenge has been the response from students. When you are at Victoria University it is not the same as any other local university. The main component of the student body is not native, they are not all Ugandan.

They come from so many different cultures so their interests vary. It is hard to get them on a common ground. Obviously things like sports and clubs they try to contribute but other activities it was not so easy to get a common ground.

The other challenge was the communication gap between administration and students because of the culture issue. If you have a student from South Africa, Zimbabwe or Nigeria, the way they communicate is different from a Ugandan student, typically.

Obviously the administration can communicate something that you as a Ugandan can understand but the Nigerian may perceive it in a different way so you have to bridge the gap. Those are some of the challenges I can point out for now.

And what are some the things you have done for the University as guild president? What are your achievements?

We managed to set up a vibrate sports club where games like football, basketball and swimming are now very strong and vibrate at the university. Before there were no games the University was participating in.

We also managed to build student clubs at the university; the Rotaract Club of Victoria University was chartered. It is now a growing club with a strong a membership of 30 students.

The business club is also up and running, they are having their launch next semester, we couldn’t do it this semester but they recently had a business dinner.

I also managed to build faculty activities. For example the health science faculty, they just had their own health week. The faculty of technology had their technology boot camp under the guild council were the security mobile app was built.

Under my reign I wanted to do two things; one, to show the intellectual prowess of our student and also engage them to the outside world. These I achieved.

How has being a guild president at Victoria University impacted you at a personal level?

I have met so my people in my field, I am a computer science students, who wouldn’t otherwise listen to you twice before but now they pay close attention they say since he is a guild president let us hear what he has to say.

So at a personal level I have made connections with people who are going to help me out professionally the moment I finish university, this being my last semester.

And how has it impacted you academically?

I maintained my good grades throughout like it were but being guild president imparts more pressure on you. Instead of reading for two hours, you might find that you need to find a third extra hour to read maybe because half the time you were not in class or something like that. It gets hectic.

Would you recommend someone to join Victoria University?

Yes definitely, Victoria University is growing. It is a University that looks at high standards, a university that looks out for the best for their students so when someone joins the university they can’t leave the same way they came. They will meet very many high profile people which help their careers.

At the same time, the learning system at Victoria University is not a typical school system, its quite different. It looks out for things that will train you for the future. It is an interesting and different place to study from.

Now that you have tasted leadership as guild president, would you consider joining mainstream politics and political leaders at a national level?

After being guild president, I understand what is required of a leader but usually my principle has been that always go for leadership when there is a change you can bring to the people.

It is not about people loving you or people supporting you but sometimes it is about what change you can bring about in society or community. Right now I don’t see what I can do because my vision right now is to move in the realm of technology development and innovations.

Maybe we can wait and see what the future holds but at the moment no, I don’t see myself going into that kind of leadership.

Amazing Use Of ICT In Aviation Industry

By Dr Terry Kahuma

As a young kid, whenever a person asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would tell them “a pilot”. Till now, I marvel at how a huge vessel like an airplane is able to rise up, with so much weight, and soar the sky.

Fortunately, in my working life, I’ve been able to fly all over the world, to all continents, logging so many hours in my object of fascination. Some flights have been so long that, including long transit times, up to two or three days have passed and the first question I ask when I land is “which day of the week is it”?

A workmate of mine was so tired when he flew to the United States that he boarded a different connecting local flight and had to be assisted to board a totally unscheduled flight to his proper destination.

On one such flight, before terrorism became such a menace, as I waited for the flight to take off, I sauntered into the cockpit and asked the pilot how the plane flies all the way from Entebbe to say Amsterdam deep in the night, and even land when the pilot cannot use ordinary vision.

He told me that the on-board computers together with the GPS (global positioning system) are able to guide the flight towards the destination once the pilot enters the co-ordinates of the destination airport. Moreover, the computer operated navigation system works out the safest, most economic and most convenient route, within the confines of permission to overfly certain countries, allowable altitudes, avoidance of war zones, and taking into account other flights operating at the time.

I have since established that the GPS system is anchored on signals emitted by orbiting communication satellites which house very accurate atomic clocks which send signals continuously to a receiver in the aircraft. The receiver, aided by computers, uses the time difference in the signals sent by at least 6 of the satellites to calculate the aircraft’s position.

This determination is coupled together with the output of the IRS (Inertial Reference System) which comprises three laser gyroscopes positioned at right angles to each other and are able to detect any azimuthal movement of the plane. The on-board computers translate this into translational movement on the ground.

The plane’s Flight Management Computer takes the positions computed by the GPS and IRS and computes the actual location of the aircraft which is updated 30 times a second. Through this process, the pilot knows exactly where he/she is at any time. By the aid of other detecting and measuring devices, the forces exerted by wind are also taken into account to guide the plane accurately to the desired direction.

When other flights are using the airspace in the same area, the flights are allocated different altitudes to avoid collisions. Computers in these different flights even “talk” to each other so that when they “feel” that a collision is imminent, one becomes master and the other a slave, and the slave gets directed to move higher or lower.

Computers store all operations and communications on the flight into a data recorder and a flight recorder or black box, so as to guide investigations if an accident occurs.

Flying has been made quite a safe mode of travel by extensive use of ICT to aid navigation and flight operation, considering the low accident rate compared with the huge volume of passenger traffic.

ICT use in aviation extends to booking, scheduling, flight control, payments, radar operation, weight determination, balance of the aircraft, loading, altitude measurement, instrument landing, communication to ground-based beacons, communication to ground-based stations, instrument readings and display, warning signals, fire detection, engine performance monitoring, emergency operation, cargo tagging and tracking, etc.

All these were once only manually operated, and it is difficulty to appreciate just how pilots managed without the aid of ICT. When we study ICT, we advance the boundaries of such a wonderful industry and contribute massively to easing travel and cargo transportation.

Dr.Terry Kahuma is the Dean Faculty of Science and Technology at Victoria University Kampala

What Kind Of Entrepreneur Are You?

The role of entrepreneurship in the developing economies is progressively becoming significant. In developed and some developing nations, the advantages of entrepreneurship have been well recognised as it forms the bedrock of the industrialisation process.

Entrepreneurship as a field of study has grown fabulously over the past decade in Africa. Entrepreneurship development aids poverty alleviation when employment opportunities are created via new entrepreneurship venture start-up or the growth of existing ones.

This eventually lead to increase in social wealth through the emergence of new industries, new technology, new market, new institutional form, net increase in real productivity, and increase in income which culminates in higher living standards for the population.

What is entrepreneurship?

The process of seeking out opportunities that are unique in the microenvironment, organizing the resources needed to exploit them and building an organization to maintain the goal-seeking drive that initiated the venture is a normal view of entrepreneurship.

There is much debate and introspection when it comes to defining an entrepreneur.

Who is an Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneur is an ordinary person with an extra ordinary idea. With the idea, he has the vision on the idea and has passion to pursue the dreams. If he fails, he has the potential to bounce back.

An entrepreneur is an individual who creates something of value at a time and place where there was no such thing before. He or she initiates the development of a desirable product or service and then builds an organization to exploit it.

Types of entrepreneur

  1. Start-up entrepreneur: Start-up is an entrepreneurial venture which is typically a newly emerged, fast-growing business that aims to meet a marketplace need by developing a viable business model around innovative product, service, process or a platform. There are four subcategories of start-up entrepreneurs: inventors, the innovator, the marketer and the opportunist.

Inventors define a unique, new concept, invention or methodology. The invention may have been intuitively developed, the consequence of serendipity or the result of hours of application, as with the cold fusion process.

Innovator identifies a new technology or methodology to solve a new or existing problem. He creates solutions from scientific or technical development the goes on to market these in an industry.

Marketer identifies a need in the market place and satisfies it with a product that is newly introduced into the market or one that substitute more efficiently for existing products or services as with trivial pursuit.

Opportunist essentially a broker, an arbitrageur, matches needs with services and a commission.

  1. Joint Venture Entrepreneurs: In this form, entrepreneur takes the risk of introducing an established concept (product or service) into a new environment. An example would be the creation of a new franchise in a strange territory as with such as the opening of McDonald’s in Pushkin square, Moscow, in 1990. The Russia Russian government own owns 51 percent and McDonald’s Canada owns 49 percent. In this case George Chen, the Company’s Canadian president, assumed the entrepreneurial role of introducing an inherently American fast-food service into the then solid, authoritarian soviet society.
  2. Take over entrepreneurs: Many entrepreneurs begin their journey to success by acquiring an existing business. Ted turner, Turner begins his odyssey at 29 years of age by acquiring his father’s bankrupt billboard advertising company in 1969. He parlayed this into a number of radio stations in the Atlanta, Georgia, market as a part of the Turner broadcasting system, which now includes CNN-the international News service.
  3. The Intrepreneur: Another name for intrepreneur is corporate entrepreneur. The role of corporate entrepreneur is to renew the organisation by introducing and promoting innovation that leads to managerial productivity, new productivity, new products, and new activity. Very often this individual is a lone ranger attempting to move the corporation or bureau-racy to advanced position that management has yet to recognize. On the other hand, has more often a venture team builder who creates the environments that bring with it success. The last decade has seen heightened acceptability of the role of the entrepreneurial manager in the corporation. In defining his guidelines for a changing society Peter Drucker notes that “we need men who can build a new structure of entrepreneurship on the meaningful foundations laid these last fifty years”
  4. Serial entrepreneur: An entrepreneur who continuously comes up with new ideas and starts new businesses. As opposed to a typical entrepreneur, who will often come up with an idea, start the company, and then see it through and play an important role in the day to day functioning of the new company, a serial entrepreneur will often come up with the idea and get things started, but then give responsibility to someone else and move on to a new idea and a new venture. In Uganda such entrepreneurs are Patrick Bitature and Omar Ahmed (Mandela). Patrick Bitature is a businessman, entrepreneur and industrialist. Bitature started his business empire with a single company, Simba Telecom, then a retail chain dealership, in MTN air-time. From there he expanded into broadcasting, with the acquisition of Dembe FM radio station, followed by Simba Electronics. He also has interests in insurance, banking, hotels and resorts. Today, his businesses have subsidiaries in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria.

Omar Ahmed on the other hand owns Mandela Group. His City Tyres is one of the biggest and most successful tyre outlets in the country. His other business includes City Retread, City Oil and Café Javas. Cafes Javas found at City Oil Wandegeya, Nakumatt Shopping Mall and Kampala road have been lauded for their quality food. Mandela’s involvement in his own business and his insistence on quality customer care has contributed highly to his success.

  1. Social Entrepreneur: Social entrepreneurship can be defined as “the process of using entrepreneurial and business skills to create innovative approaches to social problems.” Social entrepreneurs seek out business opportunities that create wealth, but also improve society or make a positive impact in communities. He considers himself a social entrepreneur to the extent that all his ventures, beginning with offline and online business, have focused on the double bottom line: financial returns (doing well) and social returns (doing well). A triple bottom line social venture would also deliver healthy environmental returns. In Uganda, example includes some of the serial entrepreneurs mentioned above. These entrepreneurs are both Social and serial in nature.

Conclusion

It must be noted that entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary pursuit. Entrepreneurial opportunities may arise from various fields, including but not limited to architecture, education, engineering, natural sciences, media, communications and music. Pursuing these opportunities requires building a team with a diverse knowledge base, including finance, management, law, and technology. The question is what kind of entrepreneur are you?

By Dr Omotayo Adegbuyi PhD

Dr. Omotayo Adegbuyi is dean faculty of business and management at Victoria University

He is also a marketing consultant, Author and Entrepreneur.

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How Emphasis On Quality Education Is Propelling Victoria University To The Top

Ever since Victoria University Kampala was bought by the Ruparelia Group, there has been unprecedented growth at the Jinja road based high institution of learning. Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia has made the right investment that has turned around the university.

The university boosts of some the most update learning facilities and material which have made it a world class university. Basically the university has prioritized quality over quantity. This has ensured that their student – teacher ratio is impressive.

“Quality determines how much and how well Students learn and the extent to which their education translates into a range of personal, social and developmental benefits,” the university vice chancellor Dr. Krishna N. Sharma, says.

“At Victoria University we offer the perfect setting for our students to achieve their full potential. We have world class facilities, Ultra-modern Nursing and Health simulation skills lab and all lecture rooms are air conditioned,”

“We have a first class students lobby, top sports facilities, gyms and swimming pools. Our Campus has VISA driven ATM machines, Restaurants, parking and state of the art library,” he adds.

Dr Sharma explains that when you enroll at Victoria University you are rest assured of quality education because all our students come Prepared to Learn and leave Prepared to Succeed.

How African Early-stage Investors Pay A Critical Role In Moving Continent Forward

The place to be on November 15-16 will be Workshop 17, right in the middle of Cape Town's vibrant startup scene. Key debates will be held around the critical role investors play in supporting startup teams to launch, scale and exit.

In previous editions of the summit the importance of seed capital and strong collaboration within the ecosystem were discussed. This time the focus will be on the next steps of the investment cycle with the special theme: 'Start-Scale-Exit, Funding great startup teams poised for global success'. 250 of the most relevant early-stage investors and key stakeholders will facilitate the exchange of best practices and plot the roadmap for the future of investing on the continent.

At the Summit, there will be numerous key notes, panel discussions, roundtables and interactive workshops given by industry leaders. To set the scene, the most experienced experts will unwrap the current investment climate on the African continent.

All the ins and outs of the $40M investment secured by Andela will be released by the main players in the latest Series C round. And participants are invited to join roundtables on Angel Investing and Startup Research to share latest insights. Furthermore, this is your chance to learn from and get inspired by 10 distinguished panels on the following topics:

  • State of Play: Current Investment Climate
  • Seed stage: First investor in...
  • Addressing the gaps in the market to enable innovators across Africa to find the investment

they need.

  • Unlocking Diaspora & International capital to drive local entrepreneurship.
  • Expanding from Africa to the world.
  • Accelerating Startups to Scale-ups: How accelerators drive growth
  • Scaling for growth
  • Catalyzing smart capital for scale-ups
  • Investing with exits in mind
  • Are Impact Investors even in it for the Exit? 

Throughout the 2-day event the top 20 entrepreneurs (http://APO.af/CS7Ycr) from the XL Africa accelerator program will showcase their remarkable innovations and significant business traction. Also the World Bank will organize their policy workshop where recommendations for future programs for scale and impact in Africa will be discussed.

Headlining the Summit are renowned international and local investors – with leading African Angels representing over 20 local Angel networks and investors expected to attend from Nigeria, South Africa, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Kenya, Liberia, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire and Somalia amongst many others.

At the same time, corporate partners like Orange Telecom, Google, Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, Ringier and Github will join the event together with senior representatives from the World Bank, the IFC, the AfDB and the EU.

Additionally the 'Cape Town Innovation Tour' on November 17th aims to give participants an on-the-ground introduction to the ecosystem, access to the entrepreneurs and leaders building the sector.

Nutritionists Explains Why You Need To Plan For Your Diet

The food we eat largely dictates the health of our bodies and lives therefore there is need for everyone to watch keenly the food they consume and the consequences thereafter.

And for that matter Rebecca Suubi, a student of nutrition and dietetics at Victoria University, also co-founder of Nutrition Partner, a consultancy firm, advises that for one to maximally benefit from the food they eat must have a diet plan.

“The common mistake that people make when it comes to food is that they don’t think about the consequences of what will come out of what they are eating. They eat in the moment, they indulge,” Suubi said in an interview.

“They don’t sit down and plan for what they will eat the following day. They don’t know the why; they just eat. And when they put on weight, they start juicing. Extreme taking of those juices is something that is dangerous to your body,” she added.

 “But if we stopped and asked ourselves why we eat the way we eat, why live the way we live, then we would be more conscious about the way we take care of our health,”

She further explained she amassed enough knowledge from Victoria University in the last four years which she intends to use to educate Ugandans on good feeding practices.

Suubi says Victoria University has exposed her to different opportunities including interning at some of the country’s best medical facilities, hotels, NGOs something that has enriched her understanding of nutrition and diets.

Suubi is coming out of Victoria University a complete professional. Together with her partners Moses Ngorok and Elizabeth Abang steer into the world of self employment at Nutrition Partners. Their mission is to transform communities by promoting healthy nutritional practices.

 

Flower Exporters Get Uganda Free Zones Authority Licenses

Two of the Uganda’s leading flower growers and exporters, Rosebud and Premier Roses, received Free Zone licenses from Uganda Free Zones Authority on 27th October,2017 in a colourful ceremony held in Namulanda Parish, Ssisa Sub County, Wakiso District.

The Free Zone is aimed at promoting flower exports to meet global standards. It also helps in creating employment and the commodity processing from trading raw materials to finished goods.

The proprietor of Rosebud Limited and Premier Roses, Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia said promised to increase the production of roses and create more employment for Ugandans.

The finance minister in charge of investment Evelyn Anite commended Ruparelia for investing in the country something that has created jobs for thousands of Ugandans. Under his Ruparelia Group, Dr. Ruparelia has invested in various sectors including agriculture, real estate, finance, education and hotels.

Premier roses and Rosebud limited are the first flower farms to get the Free Zone Licenses. This is an act established by government to encourage export oriented manufacturing with hope of boosting the countries exports.

With a Free Zone license, Rosebud Ltd and Premier Roses Ltd, will be able to reduce their production costs and make our products more competitive on the international market.

Revenue Body Names Sudhir Top Best Real Estate Tax Pay

Uganda Revenue Authority, the statutory body tasked with collecting revenue for the country, has released a list of 25 top non individual rental income taxpayers and another 25 individual rental income taxpayers.

On both lists businessman Sudhir Ruparelia features prominently. Sudhir’s Meera Investment tops the list of non individual rental income payers while he individually comes second on the list of individual rental income taxpayers.

Sudhir has in the past decade invested heavily in the real estate sector which has made him one of the top landlords in Kampala. He has elected buildings like Kampala Boulevard on Kampala Road, Speke Apartments on Jinja Road. He has various arcades and hotels.

The URA said explained that the real estate sector which contributes 0.20 percent to GDP has ‘steadily grown over the years’. The revenue body said the real estate sector registered a 12 percent revenue growth in last financial year.

“We therefore encourage all the other players in renatal real estate to emulate these role models, come forth, declare and pay your taxes voluntarily as we develop Uganda together,” URA said in a published notice. 

The list of the non individual rental income tax payers also feature companies like BAT, BIDCO, Megha Industries, MULCO Textiles, Ministry of energy, Mukwano, Golf course group, Multiple ICD, PDM Uganda Limited,Capital shoppers, Tembo Steels, DFCU Limited among others.

On the list of the individual rental income tax payers where Dr. Sudhir is listed other people like Muhammed Hussein, Karim Hirji, Virani Aisha, Godfrey Kirumira, Mr. Lubega Charles, Karia Rita, Tumwesigye Mustafa, Thakkar Nita, John Muwonge and others.

INTERVIEW: We Want To Be Solutions Center – Victoria University Dean

Victoria University Kampala recently hired Nigerian associate professor Dr. Omotayo Adegbuyi as the new dean faculty of business and management. He took charge of his new office last month.

Earthfinds caught up with him for an exclusive interview to tell us what he brings to the fastest growing private university, his plans and importance of the faculty to the University. Below are the excerpts.

Dr. Omotayo, welcome to Victoria University Kampala,please briefly tell us about yourself as a person and your professional experience as an academician.

I’m an associate professor of marketing and entrepreneurship. I started my educational career at a University called Enugu State University of Technology in Nigeria where I had my first degree in Marketing.

In our country, we have what is called National Youth Service which requires that every graduate must serve his or her fatherland for one year before moving on to do other things preferred. It is a policy that is compulsory.

So I did that in 1998 at Nigerian Breweries PLC where I got practical and important marketing experience.

After the one year of youth service, I decided to further my education and went for my masters’ degree in marketing, this time at University of Lagos. When I finished my masters I went into employment. I

After years in formal employment, I got appointment to Covenant University as an assistant lecturer; it’s a private university just like you see Victoria University Kampala. That university was two years old when I joined in 2013.

Later, I applied for my PhD at Covenant University, also in marketing – all along, my life has been all about marketing. I had my PhD in 2011; eight years after I had joined as a lecturer.

 As a new University, it was not allowed to enroll students for master and PhD programs, it was after we graduated about four five sets of graduate that they allowed us to have PhD programs.

What attracted you to come to Victoria University and Uganda in particular?

 I was home and I received a phone call from a lady I didn’t know telling me about the opening at Victoria University in Kampala. Apparently they had looked at my profile and liked it.

I checked out Victoria University online and I saw that it had a good prospect; its future is bright. They sent me a questionnaire which I responded to and a few days later I was invited for an interview which we did on Skype.

Like I said before, this is a prospecting University just like when I started at Covenant University which was two years old when I joined. They are now the second biggest university in Nigeria.

So that is how I came to be here at Victoria University. Since I started with a young university, Covenant University, I said let me go and contribute to the development of Victoria University.

What should we expect from you as dean faculty of business and management studies here at Victoria University?

As a dean, I have been given responsibilities in my contract letter, very massive and a lot. I will divide them into three categories.

Number one, as a dean I am expected to coordinate academic activities of the University. To make sure lecturers are there on time and that they have quality notes they are giving to our students.

I have to also make sure that lecturers deliver their lectures using modern technology and equipment. The University has to be ranked among the best in Uganda and the world; you cannot achieve that unless you start with quality assurance with your teaching.

Apart from that, I also have to make sure students are there on time and lecturers must not miss class. Students must be proud about the lectures, how they feel about the lecturers and methods of teaching. I have to make sure the exams are of the right standards.

The second area is research. As a faculty, we are established to find solutions to problems – solution provider and center. So you need to research into the problems people, companies and community so that you come back and find solutions.

I am planning to introduce a program called Town and Gown Seminar Series. We will identify companies, invite their executives, managers to come and talk to our students. To tell them how it is done outside there. If we are talking about branding, we invite someone who is successful in branding.

Under research, we are teaching our students to write journal articles which we can publish under the name of the student and University address. The University gets to be known all over the world as a research university.

The third area is community service. No organization exists in community in isolation. We want to look at a situations where the University gives back to the community in form of corporate social responsibility.

How important is your faculty to this University and education system in the country at large?

The faculty is very key and important not only to the University but the entire economic system. We have business related courses that we offer like courses.

In this world, everybody is in business; no matter the job and business you are doing, you will need advice from our faculty.

We are planning to go into consultancy, like I said, the University is a solution tower so we are planning to go in the market and tell them that the University is organizing business clinics.

We will give them our proposal to train their staff. When we train them, they go back and see the impact. Apart from school fees, we are looking at consultancy to generate revenue for the university.

Why would a parent bring their child to the faculty of business and management here at Victoria University?

I would encourage a parent to bring a child here because the child has the prospects of establishing own business after the course. We are going to teach them how to start businesses from year one.

Another reason is all our courses are approved by the regulatory body. They have given us approval to run all those programs. So when a student finishes a program here, if they want to go and upgrade elsewhere, they can because our programs are approved and certified.

There is assurance that after the degree, our certificate is recognized worldwide. You apply for master in any university in any university in any part of the world. Also when we establish our post graduate programs, you can stay here.

Business Dean Sets Priorities At Victoria University

The new dean faculty of business and management at Victoria University Kampala, Dr. Omotayo Adegbuyi, has laid out his work plan that will see him introduce a variety of courses for the time he will be at the Jinja road based learning institution.

In an exclusive interview with Earthfinds, Dr Omotayo, a Nigerian, said he has his workload cut out in the employment contract and he will execute it to perfection. He said his plan is to divide his workload into three categories for easy of implementation.

One, as a dean he is supposed to coordinate academic activities – ensuring lecturers and students are at campus; ensure quality material is taught using the right tools among other administration issues related to academic excellence.

Two, will be adhering to the principle of conducting research because as a faculty at the university they are established to find problems and offer solutions – to be a solution center. Thirdly, Dr Omotayo said his focus will be on community engagement because no organization has lived in isolation.

“We want to look at a situation where the university gives back to the community through corporate social responsibility. We must go out there and identify people’s problems and give them solutions,” Dr. Omotayo said in an interview.

Beyond the administrative tasks, Dr Omotayo and the faculty he heads are working on introducing short courses that can benefit professionals and graduates who are not yet employed. Some of these courses will cover digital marketing and social media, entrepreneurship training among others.

Dr. Omotayo brings to Victoria University Kampala a wealth of experience having worked with one of Nigeria’s top universities, Covenant University. He holds a Phd in Marketing from the same University.

He attained his first degree in marketing from Enugu State University before enrolling at University of Lagos for the masters’ degree, also in marketing. He is an accomplished marketer having worked with some of Nigeria’s top corporation in different capacities.

The faculty of business and management offers courses like Business Administration, Procurement and Logistics, Banking and Finance, Bachelor of International Business (BIB), Science in Oil & Gas Accounting (BScOGA) and diplomas like Diploma Procurement & Logistics.

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