Bishop Olwa pledges to support UCU hi-tech learning

By Frank Obonyo
Forget about traditional methods of operation, Uganda Christian University (UCU) is going hi-tech.

The new Chairperson of the University Council, Rt. Rev. Prof. Alfred Olwa, has applauded UCU for responding to the times by continuing to offer quality education through online teaching and learning, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

He paid a maiden visit to the UCU Main Campus in Mukono, where he held a meeting with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Rev. Dr. John Kitayimbwa, and the Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Administration, Mr. David Mugawe.

Prof. Mushengyezi in his briefing said “we have rolled out the UCU Alpha Management Information System (MIS), which was developed by UCU staff. The MIS will enable UCU become a modern 21st Century e-campus. The system will increase our efficiency and cost effectiveness, thus allowing for more money to be channelled to staff welfare, research and development.”

The University has successfully conducted online Law Pre-Entry Exams and administered Take-Home Examinations to its students. UCU has also scheduled its online semester to commence on 15th October 2020, and is to hold its first virtual Graduation on 18th December, 2020.

Bishop Olwa thanked UCU Management for the great strides and encouraged them to always strive for excellence and also embrace team work. He pledged to support Management in achieving the above initiatives and he said that this is a strategic time to take UCU forward.

The University has registered a number of other landmarks in the last six months as follows: The UCU School of Medicine and UCU School of Dentistry were permitted by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) and Uganda Medical and Dental Practioners’ Council to recruit and train students. The NCHE also granted UCU to conduct Online Distance e-Learning (ODeL).

Prof. Mushengyezi said that UCU will forge strategic partnerships with both the academia and the private sector in research and innovations. He hopes to grow UCU’s research profile and grant funding. “UCU needs to grow other streams of income”, he emphasised.

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