Victoria University has appointed a new university council which will oversee the smooth running of the institution for the next three years.
Dr David Byatike Matovu was appointed the chairperson while Dr Martin J. Aliker became the university chancellor. Addressing journalists at the Jinja road-based university in Kampala on Friday, Victoria University’s proprietor, business mogul Sudhir Ruparelia, said there was an increase in the population of students completing their A-level education and this was an opportunity to give them a good university education.
“I welcome the new council and [I am sure] the people on the council have vast experience in different fields such as education, public service, science and technology, business, among others,” he said.
Other council members include Joseph N. Biribonwa, who will be the vice chairperson; former Lady Justice Mary I. D. Maitum, James Kalebbo, William Bazeyo, Joram Kahenano and Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa as members.
Dr Stephen Robert Isabalija, the university vice chancellor, said the university would give an opportunity to students who are working since their academic programmes were designed to cater for their busy schedules.
“We are located in the middle of the city for easy accessibility and we have programmes catering for all categories of students; we have evening, weekend, short courses and general programmes that suit all classes of people,” Dr Isabalija said.
Dr David Byatike Matovu said that their first step would be looking for and enrolling quality students.
“We want to produce quality students. We know that most S.6’s first choice is Makerere, Mubs and Kyambogo, among other universities. What we are going to do is to work on changing of the mindset and make them see that they are in a university like any other university around the country,” he explained.
“We will work on students’ parents’ and teachers’ mindsets towards change; they should know they are here for a purpose,” he added.
The university currently has about 100 continuing students who are doing degree courses in Public health and Public health sciences, Business and management, Science and technology and Public administration.
They also offer short courses in Oil and gas, Gas laws, certificate in Quality and Patient safety in health care, among others. Great emphasis has been placed on Nursing.
“We believe we should change the trend of nursing in Uganda. We want to ensure that students gain valuable and specialist skills which are up to date, pertinent, saleable and responsive to community health care needs now and in the future,” Matovu said.
Victoria University-Uganda was established in 2011 by Edulink Holdings Limited, a private company that invests internationally in tertiary institutions. The university was initially affiliated to the University of Buckingham, UK and was later bought by the Ruparelia Group.