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Environmentalists Reach Out Kids With Disabilities Ahead Of Green Festival

Uganda's Little Hands Go Green and NEMA Uganda joined Cheshire Services Uganda, a local Non Governmental Organization working with Persons with Disabilities and Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children to plant trees at Kyambogo Primary School in the suburbs of Kampala ahead of the Green Festival 2017.

This, officials of Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green said, is a way of bridging the disability gap and promoting Inclusiveness of children with disabilities in our society.

“For a long time, little hands go green has pushed and carried out environmental conservation education in primary schools across Uganda and Rwanda but had not deliberately set out to purposely include children with disabilities directly in the campaign,” Joseph Masembe, the CEO of environmental organization said in a statement.

He added, “This tree planting exercise therefore is the start of a deliberate push and a call to all Ugandans in general to ensure that persons with disabilities are respected and given an opportunity to enjoy a better life by empowering them to take part in the greening efforts as well.”

The exercise which took place Friday afternoon attracted top NEMA Uganda officials led by the executive director Dr. Tom Okurut, celebrated music DJs Slick Stuart and Roger. They participated in the planting of fruit trees.

Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green will on third of September (3rd/9/2017) host parents, guardians and their children at Kololo Airstrip at the annual Kids Green Festival where children are taught the importance of planting trees. Each child who attends the festival takes home a fruit tree seedling of his or her choice.

Can Victoria University Be The University Of Choice For Millennials?

Victoria university is doing all that is in their powers to be the preferred high learning institution in Uganda by making the right investment especially in the teaching staff since it already has the state of art facilities at their jinja road based campus.

Bank rolled by renowned businessman Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, the future of Victoria University is guaranteed if we go by the successes of other education establishments like Kampala Parents’ School, Kampala International School Uganda and Delhi International Public School.

The relationship between Dr. Ruparelia and Victoria University is something Dr. Terry Kahuma, the dean faculty of sciences and technology pointed out during last week’s Victoria University Open Day which was attended by about 1500 secondary school students from different carefull selected schools.

Dr. Kahuma says Dr. Ruparelia hunger to excel as a businessman is catalyzing the development and eventual success of the University.  The dean said that they are ‘driven by Dr. Ruparelia’s vision’ because ‘everything he touches turns to gold’.

Victoria University was founded in 2011 by an English education conglomerate but struggled to take off. Dr. Ruparelia saved the University from failing when he purchased for monies that was not disclosed. He turned it around and now the young university is a leading private University.

At the start of this year, new deans were brought in to revamp the University as consolidate their leadership in the market. Therefore Dr. Kahuma, faculty of science and technology, Dr. Sujaan Negi, faculty of Humanities and social sciences and for business were hired. Dr. Stefan Lawoko, faculty of health science, replaced Dr. Krishna N. Sharma who was made vice chancellor. 

As vice chancellor, Dr. Sharma is committed to turning around the energetic university by introducing new concepts. Already the university is focused on fronting research, innovativeness, publication of research findings and mandatory internship as key tools to churn out already experience graduates ready for the market.

Because we leave in a global village, Victoria University, according to Dr. Sharma, is employing an international approach to their teaching methodologies so that graduates from the university can easily get employed and work outside Uganda.

“We collaborate with international universities in India, Pakistan, Mauritius, Canada and Sweden. We are sending our students to different countries so that they can have international exposure,” Dr. Sharma said.

“Are you going to look for the job only in Kampala, no, we stay in a global village and you should know what is happening elsewhere. We prepare our students for international market,” he explained further. 

Dr. Sharma’s assertions are supported by Dr. Kahuma who said the University is ‘instituted in an international approach with state of the art facilities to deliver high education in an enabling environment to achieve maximum learning outcomes for international and national students’.

“While other universities in Uganda aim at mass education which is characterized by congestion in classes, squeezed spaces, crowded libraries resulting in a pool of poorly educated and underexposed graduates the philosophy at Victoria University is different,” Dr. Kahuma narrated.

The faculty of science and technology which Dr. Kahuma heads was carefully designed to match the skills need by the employers in Uganda and world over. He says the courses offered by the faculty are geared towards enabling students to be self employed and to employ others.

“The courses are also designed to be an innovator and to create products that are useful to the community. We give education will enable students to research more and to be creators,” he explained, adding that the University facilities equip students to attain skills and expectations of a good career.

 

My Focus Remains Research, Innovation, Publication And Outreach, Varsity VC Speaks Out

Victoria University Kampala is the fastest growing young private university in Uganda. It was established in 2011.  It is located at iconic Victoria Towers on Jinja Road at the famous Esso Corner.

Below is an interview we conducted with the new Victoria University Vice Chancellor, a renowned international academician, young innovator and prolific author- Dr. Krishna N. Sharma

Briefly tell us about you as an individual, your record in the academic world and what you bring to Victoria University, now in the capacity of Vice Chancellor?

I am basically an academician and author with medical background. I have more than hundred publications and have supervised more than 60 researches. I have many dreams for the university as a Vice Chancellor, and I am sure I am going to take the University with the help of my colleagues. My focus still remains on research, innovation, publication and outreach.

What reasons attracted you to come and work at Victoria University and how has your background benefitted the University for the time you have been working as dean faculty of health sciences?

It is a young university and here you get an opportunity to “create” history and leave legacy. VU provides good environment, autonomy, research opportunities and nice human resource policy. I don’t see a reason why shouldn’t it attract an academician.

As far as my contribution as a dean is concerned, I brought collaborations, organized free international workshop, and worked on Quality Assurance. There are few other projects coming soon from the faculty of health sciences.

I am happy to share with you that this faculty is now being led by Prof. Stephen Lawoko- an eminent researcher with more than 50 publications and more than 28 years experience in Sweden.

You said when you had just joined Victoria University that it has potential, how does it compare to other international universities in developing countries like Cameroon where you have taught?

It is a new age university with fresh ideas and young energy. Unlike many international universities, it has a very experienced and active university council that gives academic freedom to the academicians.

Our faculty is well qualified and internationally exposed. I think the strongest aspect is that, in VU, we all work as a strong team with same vision and mission.

You have published hundreds of books and research papers; do you see yourself transforming this desire and ability to write to Victoria University students? Are they up to the task, those you have interacted with so far?

Writing is not as difficult as we think. If you have something to valuable to tell, you can be an author. Fortunately, we provide our students international exposure and so they have a lot to share. They are well grounded in research and very active in outreach.

Our deans also have published very good number of researches. I believe that we have already spread the vibe of research and publication. I assure you that you are going to read lot of researches and books from our students in near future.

What unique courses do you have that give you leverage over other private universities? What do you intend to achieve by teaching these courses?

Let me be honest with you. It’s not only the programs but also the delivery of programs and our state of the art facilities that make us different. The curricula of our programs in all the faculties – faculty of health science, faculty of science and technology, faculty of business and management, faculty of humanities and social sciences, and department of oil and gas is totally market driven.

As an academic institution, our responsibility is to train the students so that they may secure their places and succeed. We motivate our students to focus more on gaining knowledge and skills rather than marks and papers.

Victoria University talks of state of the art facilities, what exactly are these facilities, elaborate more?

Though we are located at the heart of Kampala, our building is soundproof to provide a peaceful learning environment. All of our classrooms are fully air conditioned and equipped with smart-board, overhead projector, speakers, computer system etc.

Our student-computer ratio, book-student ratio etc are excellent. We provide free internet and laptop to our students. Our labs are very modern, advanced and fully functional. We have the most advanced and most expensive medical manikin in Uganda.

We also make the environment comfortable for students. We believe more in participant-facilitator relation than student-lecturer relation. Apart from having a nice restaurant, our students have students’ lounge where they can grab their cup of coffee, warm their food in microwave and have discussions.

The August/September intake is just around the corner, why should someone come to study at Victoria University and not any other university in Uganda and the world? And how many intakes do you have in a year and how can someone join the University?

Our lecturers come from both the academic and professional background. They teach our students from their experience in field. We also find mandatory internships for all our students as we have made it mandatory. So when our student completes a program, he or she already has lot of experience and links that may assure his or her success.

We have two intakes in a year, one in January-February and another one in August-September. Our admission process is very simple. I would suggest students to visit our campus and meet our admission officer and career counselor. You can also apply online by visiting www.vu.ac.ug.

We noticed that there are many students coming from outside Uganda – non-nationals – where do you get them and what attracts them to Victoria University?

We have students from various countries of different continents e.g. Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Nigeria, Burundi, Eritrea, Somalia, DRC, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Canada, Lebanon etc. I think, apart from our flexible fees payment system and open door policy; it is our curricula, teaching methodology, facilities, teaching and learning environment, international exposure and international internships that attract them to us.

Do you make as much effort to stay in touch with your international alumni as you do with your home students?

Of course we do! The student-university relation is very unique. If I may use personification, a university should be a students’ mentor. She should not discriminate based on being home students and international alumni.

You have signed some partnerships with international educational institutions, how are students benefiting?

Our partnerships and collaborations are benefiting our students from many aspects. Can you imagine that our clinical sciences students recently saved more than 1,500 USD each as one of our partners provided them a very expensive and modern skill training for free? Our students have many more benefits by our partnerships for research collaboration, student exchange program, staff exchange program, internships etc.

Where do you see Victoria University in five to ten years?

I see Victoria University as the first choice research driven University nurturing a holistic person and contributing to regional and global development.

Interpol Clears Socialite Jackson Pemba

Interpol in Kampala has issued a certificate of good conduct to Tanzanian born businessman Pemba Jackson Akim. Pemba has been reportedly been arrested by Uganda police on a couple of times. It now looks like he has no case to answer to the authorities.

 “This is to certify that according to the criminal records maintained in Uganda, Pemba Jackson Akim, holder of Passport Number 517521005 issued by the Government of the United Kingdom has never been convicted of any criminal offence or come to adverse police notice,” Nabirye Lukiya said in the police letter confirming the issuance of the certificate of good conduct.

The letter adds, “This information on this certificate is as of the date of the issue. The certificate is issued without any alterations or erasure and it is valid for six (6) months from the date of issue.” 

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