Top schools dominate 2019 UCU admissions

BY MARIA EYORU Top schools in the country have taken a lion’s share on Uganda Christian University’s (UCU) 2019 students admission list. The list, released by the admissions office last week, shows that the top schools especially those in the central region competed neck and neck in sending students to UCU. According to the list seen by The Standard, Namirembe Hillside sent the biggest number of students (94) to UCU, followed by St. Mary’s SS Kitende (90), St. Mary’s SS Kitende Annex (79), Seeta High School Mukono (76), Uganda Martyrs…

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Don’t turn universities into graveyard, students told

BY EMMANUEL OKOT Students intending to join universities and those continuing have been advised to prioritise education and desist from turning institutions of higher learning into academic graveyards. The advice was given by the Country Director of Compassion Uganda, Lenny Mugisha, during the Uganda Christian University (UCU) Pre-Campus Camp 2019 held at the main campus in Mukono in April. Mugisha noted that the university can either be a vineyard or a graveyard and that the power to make a choice between the two is in the students’ hands.  He also…

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UCU don wins Shs18m in defamation case

BY EMMANUEL OKOT Dr Richard Ssembatya has won a defamatory case against a city businessman Hajji Hassan Wasswa Bukenya who had accused him of snatching his wife.   A Magistrate’s  Court in Mengo awarded Dr Ssembatya, the head of the Department of Computing and  Information Technology, Shs18m in general damages and costs. The ruling was delivered on April 25 by the Mengo Chief Magistrate, Patience Lorna Tukundane. According to court, in 2016 Hajji Bukenya alleged that Dr Sembatya snatched his wife Sumayiya Nanyondo, a business-woman selling timber in Bwaise, a…

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DR Congo, UCU to sign MoU in education

BY EMMANUEL OKOT The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) wants to team up with Uganda Christian University to enhance research, staff exchange programmes and the ease of admission of Congolese students to the university. Currently, high-level steps are being taken to see the partnership take effect. In a meeting held in the Principal’s Hall at UCU’s main campus in Mukono last week, Timothee Lemba Munga, the education officer  at the DRC Embassy in Kampala, said his country was interested in partnering with UCU. The UCU team led by the Vice-Chancellor,…

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Matembe lobbies Govt for affirmative action in private universities

BY EMMANUEL OKOT  AND ESTHER BYOONA Former Ethics Minister, Miria Matembe, has asked government to implement affirmative action in private Universities. Matembe said that there is no reason why affirmative action is not implemented in private universities yet and vowed to lobby government to come up with a new policy.  “Private universities do not care about government policies, I am going to fight to my last breath for affirmative action to be implement in private institutions,”  Matembe angrily responded after asking the Director for Student Affairs Olive Ayo Birabi on…

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School of Medicine secures land for expansion

BY EMMANUEL OKOT  Uganda Christian University School of Medicine has secured a piece of land on Namirembe hill for its expansion, to create more lecture rooms as students numbers grow. The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Development and External Relation Mr. David Mugawe, revealed this in an interview with The Standard on Wednesday 20th March. Mr. Mugawe said so far, he can confirm that the province of the Church of Uganda has leased land at Namirembe hill, close to the  current location.  “Currently, it’s a tenancy agreement with the province that is…

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Students want universities to reduce guild nomination fees

BY EMMANUEL OKOT AND IVAN TSEBENI Students of Ugandan universities have appealed to institutions  to lower the nomination fees for the guild election, to make politics all inclusive. This plea was made during the Second National Annual Youth Convention held at  the Nkoyoyo Hall on 21st March.  The convention ran under the theme, “Commercialised Electoral Politics as a Barrier to Youth Participation”. “We can’t inclusively participate  in politics when even at our universities, nomination fees are very high,” James Ngobi a second-year student of Bachelors of Law from Makerere University…

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UCU retains best exhibitors award

BY EMMANUEL OKOT Uganda Christian University (UCU) was last weekend crowned the overall winner of the 11th Annual Higher Education Exhibition 2019 organised by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). It was the second consecutive year that  the university was ranking the best exhibitor during the same exhibition. A sharp ululation pierced through UMA showgrounds in Lugogo, Kampala on the quiet hot Saturday evening, after UCU was declared the best exhibitor and called to the podium to pick their certificate. UCU won the category of Chartered and Public Universities,…

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Mao lambasts university students over lifestyle

BY DOUGLAS OLUM The Democratic Party (DP) President General, Norbert Mao, has slammed Uganda Christian University students over anti-social lifestyles. “These days people don’t even know their neighbours. I am sure those of you who live in hostels, don’t know who lives in the next room. I’m just telling you that you can’t have a citizenship where people are disconnected. Active citizenship is about strong family bonds and then voluntary associations,” Mao said. Mao made the remarks while speaking at the 2018 UCU Law Society Symposium, held in Nkoyoyo Hall…

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