Victoria University Kampala has hired four deans to head the Faculty of Business and Management, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology and Faculty of Health Sciences. The dean offices fell vacant when the university separated ways with previous office bearers.
Two of the hired deans have already started work. These are Dr. Krishna N. Sharma and former executive director of Uganda National Bureau of Standards Dr Terry Kahuma. Dr Sharma is now dean of Faculty of Health Sciences while Dr Kahuma is dean of Faculty of Science and Technology.
Dr. Sharma is a renowned academician, celebrity physiotherapist and prolific author while Dr Terry Kahuma is an academician and professional engineer. Dr Sharma is the youngest author to write over 120 books of which more than 20 were bestsellers. He has previously worked as a dean at a Cameroonian university.
Dr. Kahuma holds a PHD in power system engineering. He comes to the university with vast engineering knowledge having worked with defunct Uganda Electricity Board and Uganda Electricity Transmission Company. He holds notable management experience too.
Dr. Krishna N. Sharma, under the Faculty of Health Sciences will be in charge of courses like Bachelor of Science in Public Health (3 Years), Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNS) (4 Years), Bachelor of Midwifery Science (2 Years) and Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition & Dietetics (BHND) (4 Years).
Dr Kahuma, under the Faculty of Science and Technology, will be in charge of Bachelor of Computer Science (3 Years), Bachelor of Business in Information Systems (3 Years), Bachelor of Business Computing (3 Years) and Bachelor of Information Technology (3 Years. Both faculties teach diploma and certificate courses.
Dr. Kahuma says he was impressed to join Victoria University because of what the University is trying to achieve and how it is achieving it. “When I looked at the materials (buildings, location, classroom infrastructure etc), I realized that it is a good opportunity to pass on what I know to these young people,” Kahuma stated.
He has taught at three universities in Nigeria and Makerere University where he started as a teaching assistant. “This (teaching at a University) is not entirely new to me. We are going to develop practical courses in electrical, electronic and telecom engineering. At the moment, the university runs ICT courses but we want to introduce practical courses in faculty of science and technology,”
Kahuma, during his stay at Victoria University, is also looking at strengthening and broadening partnerships with other external universities and institutions so that they can outsource what they cannot offer to their students.
Victoria University, a high rising learning institution in Uganda, is committed to making a major contribution to higher education, not just in Uganda particularly, but in all of East Africa, by establishing high quality programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
The university is as a research driven and motivated by the needs of society and the need to create scholars empowered to provide cutting edge solutions. Its state of the art facilities, outstanding staff, condusive learning environment and accessible campus have made it an attractive learning center.