‘Relax licences for universities’
Posted Tuesday, October 8 2013 at 01:00
KAMPALA- Vice chancellors from all universities have proposed to the government to revise the university licensing process and allow institutions with provisional licenses be referred to as licensed universities as they strive to attain a charter status.
According to Prof Badru Katerega, the chairperson Uganda Vice Chancellor’s Forum (VCF), many private universities are stuck with the provisional licence for many years despite meeting the necessary standards, prompting the public to think that they are at same level with the newly established ones.
“When a university acquires a provisional licence, we believe it has matured and should attain the status of a licensed university as it waits getting a charter. But this missing gap creates an impression that a university which began a decade ago is as the same as one that began yesterday,” he said during the 3rd Annual Conference of VCF in Kampala at the weekend.
Out of the 30 private universities, only seven have been granted a charter status, hence their awards are equivalent in merit to those offered by the six public universities .
The university heads also resolved that the government funds projects in universities indiscriminately.