Tuesday January 8 2013

British university cuts ties with Victoria University over gay bill

By Monitor Reporter

British University of Buckingham has suspended the validation of some of the courses offered at Victoria University, Kampala, saying it’s concerned about the proposed anti-gay Bill currently before Parliament.

A January 8 statement on the University of Buckingham’s website says it has “become increasingly concerned about the proposed legislation in Uganda on homosexuality and in particular the constraints on freedom of speech in this area.”

Daily Monitor could not immediately get an official comment from Victoria University because it’s Vice Chancellor, the only official we were told could comment about the development, was in a meeting.

Established in 2010, Victoria University is a Kampala-based university offering qualifications validated by the University of Buckingham.

The Statement in full:
"Over the last few months, the University of Buckingham has been in discussions with our partners, Edulink, who own 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. 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."

Details to follow.
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