7 January 2014

Uganda: Victoria University Courses Approved

After getting new courses approved by the government, Victoria University has re-launched itself at a new address and under new management.

At a recent press conference, the university said the National Council for Higher Education had okayed 14 of its academic programmes. Formerly located along Kira road in Kamwokya, the university is now located at Victoria towers on Jinja road, next to Esso corner.

The accredited undergraduate courses include Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Procurement and Logistics under the faculty of Business and Management, Bachelor of Computer Science and Bachelor of Business Computing under the faculty of Science and Technology.

Others are Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies and Bachelor of Human Resource Management in the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Also accredited are certificate courses in Public Health, Oil and Gas law, Oil and Gas, Environmental Management and Customer care for health professionals.

"Our mission is to be a research-driven university contributing to the progression of society with an employment-oriented and knowledge-advancing skills in entrepreneurship by dedicated and professional educators in state-of-the-art facilities," said Dr Stephen Robert Isabalijja, the vice chancellor.

"Victoria University will lift educational and research achievements of the kind that will not only transform the institution but also the societies we serve."

On average, every student will pay $2,300 (Shs 6m) per year and each class will average 50 students. The university says it has capacity of 3,000 students. On January 8, 2013, students of Victoria University petitioned Parliament to intervene and overturn the abrupt closure of their university, which left many halfway into their programmes.

This followed a decision by the UK's University of Buckingham to suspend its accreditation to the campus over the anti-homosexuality bill, recently passed by Parliament but yet to be assented to.

The campus is now a member of the Ruparelia group of companies. Business tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia, the director of the university, said they were yet to offer scholarships. Officials said that for continuing students, the semester would open on January 11, while new students would report on February 11.

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