Christa Oluka (in green top) receives a certificate of participation from Maimuna Tarishi, the permanent secretary in Tanzanian Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (Photo by Ivan Naijuka)
BY IVAN NAIJUKA
The recently concluded science and technology exhibition organised by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) exposed Uganda Christian University’s (UCU) challenges in the science courses.While other institutions had various tangible scientific models on display, UCU’s stall was filled with brochures and copies of The Standard.
The Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Tanzania, Prof Simon Msangila, mooted a challenge to UCU in this regard.“What are you exhibiting? Do you offer any science courses? Why are you not exhibiting them?” Prof Msangila asked.
Approximately 70 per cent of the people who visited UCU stalls were asking about science courses. In spite of this, the UCU stall was always crowded since it was the only university from Uganda.It should be noted that in its 2012-2018 strategic plan, the university sets its target on increasing the percentage of science courses to 30. Procuring modern laboratory equipment is among the top priorities for the 2016/17 financial year.Ms Christa Oluka, the UCU admissions manager, commended TCU for the invitation to the exhibition.
“The exhibition came at a time when students had received their Advanced level results. I commend the university for availing such an opportunity of reaching out to distant prospective students.“Most of the students were afraid of the procedures they would pass through to study from Uganda, but the team from UCU told them about what it takes,” Ms Oluka said
Speaking at the closing ceremony, the Tanzanian Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ms Maimuna Tarishi, acclaimed Ugandans for their advances in the academia.“The ministry recently expelled students who joined institutions of higher learning without qualifications and also closed some of those institutions. Higher education is becoming a challenge. We need to change the way we do business so as to fit into the ever growing number of job seekers,” Tarishi said. “We need to reposition ourselves to make a difference in whatever we do.”
UCU was represented by Ganzi Isharaza, the Communication and Marketing manager; Connie Musisi, the Career Development and Placement officer; Nicholas Mpairwe, an administrative assistant in the registration office; Ivan Naijuka, the Public Relations assistant and Christa Oluka, the team leader.