KIU sets doctor graduation quota

Education minister Jessica Alupo (L) joins Somali students in a traditional dance at Kampala International University during a graduation ceremony at the school yesterday. PHOTO BY STEPHEN OTAGE


The founder and proprietor of Kampala International University, Hajj Hassan Basajjabalaba, has said the university has set a target to start producing 1,000 medical doctors in Uganda annually effective 2020.

While presiding over the university 12th graduation ceremony at the KIU campus in Kansanga, Kampala, yesterday, Mr Basajjabalaba said they have improved the academic staffing of the university by employing professors from foreign countries such as Nigeria, Korea and Cuba to address the manpower challenges which the institution has suffered since its opening.

“We have 50 professors from Nigeria, 10 from Cuba and 40 Korean staff who are helping us with putting this university on the right path in the school of engineering and health sciences,” Basajjabalaba said.

He added that with the completion of the expansion works at the Ishaka campus in Bushenyi District, KIU has developed capacity to graduate 1,000 doctors annually beginning 2020/22 academic year and the National Council for Higher Education has been supportive in advising the university where to make the necessary adjustments and improvements.

Education Minister Jessica Alupo who presided over the graduation ceremony thanked the university for the resilience it has exhibited in the last 14 years since its opening.
She said it is not a mean achievement because other institutions have failed the test of time and collapsed.

“As a country, we have been facing a challenge with the quality of education in all levels and I know that the National Council for Higher education has offered you guidelines on how to improve the quality of education,” Ms Alupo said.