8 January 2013

Uganda: Victoria University Loses UK Ties Over Homosexuality

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Victoria University.

Victoria University is set to lose support from the United Kingdom citing constraints of freedom of speech and homosexuality in Uganda.

The UK based University of Buckingham posted the statement on their website on 8th January 2013 that they have been in discussion with Victoria University and have agreed to suspend the collaboration.

President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala officially launched Victoria University on 10th September 2011.

In his speech, the President saluted the Victoria University and University of Buckingham partnership as a model example of North - South business investment in the areas of Education and Health, pointing out that this would provide access to quality higher education while relieving parents and sponsors alike from the costs involved with travel, visa restrictions and upkeep abroad.

According to the statement from UK over the last few months, the University of Buckingham has been in discussions with their partners, Edulink, the owners of Victoria University in Kampala, Uganda, about our continued validation of some of Victoria University's courses.

"We have both become increasingly concerned about the proposed legislation in Uganda on homosexuality and in particular the constraints on freedom of speech in this area." The statement said.

"In the light of this we have agreed to suspend our validation on the assurance that Edulink would produce viable arrangements for existing students on our validated courses to complete their studies. We will of course assist Edulink with any validation support needed to achieve this." The statement added

However Victoria University is yet to come up with an official communication regarding this matter.

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