Universities worldwide are more than ever before challenged to show their relevance and contribution to society through their known core functions of teaching, research and community outreach. Like all countries of the globe, University in Africa(whether public or private) generally and the Ugandan universities in particular have undergone series of transformations in an attempt to show their relevance and contribution to the knowledge economy as they also struggle to attain goals of their establishment.
Universities of the 21st century era are expected to instil core values among not only their students who enroll on various programmes but also the staffs .All need these stakeholders need sharpened minds, skills, competences and appropriate behavioral attitudes that reflect what society expects. Creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills are key hallmarks around which Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) delivers its academic services.
Private universities of which UTAMU is, must simultaneously meet the expectations of different stakeholders while they also strive to attain their goals and objectives of (1) Growing, (2) making profits and (3) achieving sustainability. These expectations need to be accomplished within the regulatory regimes of governments. Those in leadership and governance positions of these universities are circumstantially expected to have appropriate skills and competencies to drive the university agenda of transforming society through acting as knowledge factories. Providing up-to date information in an area of information technology is a minimum requirement for all modern university. A sound website that meets the needs and expectations of various stakeholders is fundamental.
With a strong ambition and desire to address some of the challenges that have afflicted the higher education sector and society, it was on September 11th 2012, when eminent men and women, academics and practitioners, young and old, penned down the initial documents which incubated a new private university to offer relevant education, research and community emancipation in Uganda. Uganda Technology and Management (UTAMU) was born out of the need to make a difference. The university has since been watered, and pruned by the young academics who had their stints of academic engagement at mostly public universities and other public higher educational institutions. Through their hard work and diligent service to the core values, on 11th March 2013, UTAMU was formally accredited by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) under License Number UIPLO22 to operate as a private university in Uganda.
With the liberalized policy arrangement of government, the young men and women who took charge of running the baby UTAMU worked side by side a high caliber of celebrated and experienced members of the governance structures at board of trusteeship level and university council to oversee the transformation of the university. Within this scheme of things, in just a period of just 3 years, the baby UTAMU has surely now moved from its infancy, and as of September 2015, the university had reached maturity level and is now in a high drive to attain true adulthood position.
The university has a new governance structure which is clearly indicated on the website. The university has four academic schools, and four directorates including the UTAMU graduate school, School of Business and Management, School of Computing and Engineering as well as the School of Professional and Vocational Education, Directorate of Academic affairs, Directorate of ICT and Library services, Directorate of Engagement, Research and innovation as well as the Directorate of Finance and Administration. The functions, staffing and services offered by each of the schools and directorates are clearly elaborated on our website. The university now boasts of 42 academic programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and all these are fully accredited by NCHE. The detailed description of each of these programmes and the university graduates at different levels is indicated on the website. The number of collaborations, and partnerships at local, regional and international level are also indicated. We have a specialized research and consultancy bureau that offers advisory services to a variety of stakeholders. The publications by academic staffs of the university are also indicated and it is a website that you will enjoy reading. It has all detailed information about what you need to know about the university and provides a link to each school, directorate, departments, centers as well as all academic, administrative and support staffs information.
I invite all to the university website-as we fulfil our motto-‘For an Open Mind’.
Professor Dr. Benon C Basheka