A day after he handed over the Vice Chancellorship role at Makerere, University, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba has started his own university.
The Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) now brings the number of privately owned universities operating in the country to 31.
According to a copy of a registration certificate obtained by Saturday Monitor from the registrar of companies, the university was registered on August 30.
“Many people had sent me on a sabbatical leave but I don’t think that is the most important thing I can do. I needed to remain relevant to the country’s education sector and the private sector, and here we go,” Prof. Baryamureeba said at the unveiling of university.
He added, “But I am still loyal to Makerere, when they give me students to supervise or when there is a course where they need my expertise, I will take that up.”
In the meantime, the university is focusing on partnering with foreign universities to ensure that the latter’s programs are accessible to Ugandans through online and face to face modes at reasonable rates.
For the academic that open October 1, the university located at Twed towers will offer Information Technology degree, masters and certificate programs from Indian based Amity online University.
However, though he did not disclose details, the university will soon enter into agreement with two UK universities and three USA universities.
However he said that once the institution finalizes the criteria of obtaining license from the National Council of Higher Education, it will start offering local degree programs.
The opening of the university however could be a threat to several institutions especially in way of competing for human resource.
“We have already signed seven lecturers from different universities and we are only awaiting them to resign their posts from wherever they have been because we are giving them full time employment,” Prof, Baryamureeba said.
He added, “This is a free market economy and therefore you choose what suits you.”