November 12, 2021

Day

UCU wins first virtual NCHE Exhibition

Uganda Christian University (UCU) has won the first virtual National Council for Higher Education Exhibition. This comes after a three-day online exhibition contest, held from 10-12 November 2021, which attracted over 50 exhibitors.

UCU emerged overall best among both public and private universities. The second runner up was Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), followed by United States International University. 

According to the panel of judges from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), UCU showcased innovations and e-services that were relevant to the theme- Innovation for Current and Emerging Challenges and Opportunities under the COVID-19

“ UCU displayed a stall that resonated well with the theme of the virtual exhibition, said Denis Omvia, the lead judge, who also noted that the UCU booth was neat. “Their booth showed a high level of organization and preparation. The UCU booth, including video uploads, was easy to navigate and download for anyone who visited the site,” he added.

The panel in its criteria keenly considered the efficacy of Virtual systems for examination administration, technological innovation, management of examination malpractice, student identification, online learning, et cetera. 

Omvia urged institutions to invest heavily in research and innovation because the future of education is virtual and that “COVID-19 is still with us”. 

How UCU won:

UCU has won the exhibition contest twice, since 2018, before it went virtual. This marks the third consecutive win for the institution. 

The UCU Learning Management System (eLearning) and the online voting platform eChagua were key innovations that impressed the panel, earning the University first place in the interuniversity contest.  Through eLearning, students are able to attend online classes, access reading materials and write examinations. Likewise, lecturers are able to teach, upload course materials (video, audio and text) and also administer assessments effectively. 

Echagua: This is the UCU online Electoral Commission platform through which students can register and vote.

Virtual Graduation: UCU continued to teach and assess students, even amidst the COVID-19 lockdowns, and managed to hold two virtual graduations i.e. December 2020 and October 2021.

Other innovations that secured UCU victory include the Law Moots, Online Pre-entry exams for UCU School of Dentistry, Medicine and the Faculty of Law. 

The Annual Higher Education Exhibition is one of the key dissemination activities of the NCHE and a premier event in the National Higher Education Calendar. It brings together various institutions from around the country to exhibit technological innovations. 

Sserwada or Bravo: Who will win the Presidency?

By Brian Muduku Derrick 

With the Guild elections edging closer, the political atmosphere at Uganda Christian University is intensifying with each passing day. Particularly, the fight for Guild President is steep as it has shaped into a battle between a lady and a gentleman.

Mirembe Racheal Sserwadda is vying for Guild Presidency

Mirembe Racheal Sserwadda

She is in her third year pursuing a Bachelor of Law at UCU.  She has a five-point programme by which she hopes to serve students.  From her telling, it will cover: The education system, students’ health, security, accountability within the Guild Government and formidable leadership.”

Sserwadda says that she wants to leave a legacy at the university.” My love to leave a legacy and impact positively on people in the community made me come out and run for this office.” she said. 

Lesson learnt so far: I have had to exercise emotional intelligence as some people are not as welcoming, ” she says. 

Main challenge so far:  The people in the other camp keep shaking tables with unnecessary accusations. Also, trust issues from some people within my camp is a problem,” she says. 

Plan-B: In case she loses, Sserwadda intends to collaborate with the ruling guild government in order to serve the students’ interests. 

Academic background: Sserwadda went to Hormisdallen Primary School and then later to Kings College Budo for her Secondary school education. 

Ayebare Phillip Bravo

Ayebare Phillip Bravo is a student in his third year pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration. He says he intends to continue the legacy left behind by the outgoing guild government. “I looked at the manifesto of Mr Amponda who is the Current Guild President and borrowed some ideas from there,” he says. 

Motivation: My passion to lead and to help others made me stand for this post. 

Ayebare Phillip Bravo is vying for Guild Presidency

Lessons: Ayebare says that he has learnt to relate with people during the campaigns.” One must have a vision. Being on good terms with the community is essential so that they can be helped,” he said. 

He adds that the opposing team has given him some challenges.” They have spread fake rumours about me, but that will not derail me. I shall continue working,” he said. 

Plan-B: Should he lose, Ayebare intends to carry on with life as a student at the university while doing what he can to support the leadership.

Academic background: He went to Greenhill Academy for Primary and later proceeded to Naalya Senior Secondary School.