29 August 2007

Uganda: KIU Medical School Accredited

Kampala — KAMPALA International University (KIU) medical school has been accredited, ending three years of suspense. The medical regulatory bodies in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania unanimously allowed the university to teach and graduate its medical students.

"The three bodies were satisfied with the standards pertaining to training of medical doctors in the university and have agreed to recognise its medical graduates," a statement read.

It was signed by the Kenya Medical and Dentists Board executive officer, Daniel Yumbya, Palloty Luena , the registrar of the Medical Council of Tanganyika and Dr. John Ndiku, the registrar of the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council.

The decision, the statement said, followed a visit to KIU's School of Health Sciences last month.

The university has been in the spotlight since 2004 when the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) accused it of illegally running a medical school that was not accredited.

"The process of establishing a professional programme requires that the institution must consult the professional body," the deputy executive director NCHE, Yeko Acato, said.

The university in turn accused the council of harassment and trying to prevent it from competing with other medical schools.

The school was officially opened by President Yoweri Museveni in October 2004.

It runs several science programmes, including Bachelor of Science in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nursing.

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