22 November 2012

Uganda: NCHE Insists on Review of KIU PHDs

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The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has written to the management of Kampala International University (KIU) again seeking evidence that the institution had capacity to teach and award over 40 doctorate degrees at once.

KIU defied an earlier directive by NCHE last week to halt the awarding of 46 PhDs, until the body verifies the awards.

"I have written to them to give us more details. We asked for certain information but what they sent us was only about 5% of what we asked for," the NCHE executive director, Prof A.B Kasozi, told the New Vision.

"I asked for all the programmes undertaken by the Phds candidates but they only sent three. It is difficult for us to tell whether the rest were accredited by us," he stated.

"My instinct tells me that on the surface, the University may not have had the capacity to award that number of doctorate degrees. I licensed KIU and I know what they have and don't have," Kasozi said.

He said the University officials had misunderstood his queries but vowed to proceed with investigations.

"When I asked for that information, they took it that I was interfering with their work. But that is my job: to have oversight and protect the public," he stated.

"We will look at all the information they give us. We may be wrong. But if we find that they did not conform to the guidelines, Council will meet and determine the next course of action," he said.

The University awarded honorary doctorates to Dr. Margaret Mungherera, a renowned psychiatrist, and the Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly, Margaret Zziwa.

A total of 46 students were awarded scholarly PhDs at the ninth graduation ceremony at the main campus in Kampala on Saturday.

KIU spokesperson Chris Mubiru showed the New Vision a copy of a letter from NCHE approving the programmes. The letter signed by the NCHE deputy executive director, Michael Lejeune, was addressed to the then senior university deputy vice-chancellor, Yusufu Sadiq, in 2009.

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