BY STAFF WRITER
The Vice Chancellor, Dr John Senyonyi, has said that private universities face major challenges in their running.
High taxes imposed on construction, the lack of government funding for research, and not being reflected on the Joint Admissions Board forms for secondary school leavers, are some of the problems that private universities face.
“All these challenges affect us. Taxation, for example, can be done in a more friendly way, by reducing the taxes imposed on private institutions, considering that we are not profit making organisations,” Senyonyi said
He was addressing a committee of ten Ugandan MPs who visited Uganda Christian University to discuss challenges faced by higher institutions of learning.
The meeting, which took place in the Principal’s Hall on November 9, was chaired by Connie Nakayenze Galiwango, the woman MP of Mbale District.
She said the committee wanted to know some of the challenges and the amendments that can be made to make universities better.
“We would like to credit UCU for being one of the model universities that has managed to handle many challenges,” Nakayenze said.
“Uganda Christian University is one the model institutions that other institutions should emulate for the way in which the institution handles challenges,” she added.
The Director of Student’s Affairs (DOSA) at UCU, Mrs Olive Ayo Birabi, said it would be prudent if some sports scholarships were considered for private university students.
“Many of our students go and represent the country in various sports competitions and their particular universities are expected to facilitate them. Given the fact that these students are representing the country, the Government should consider giving scholarships to such sportsmen and women,” she said.
The other difficulties that were identified included difficulties faced by international students in getting visas, political interference, and lack of qualified people in particular fields.
The MPs said they would consider the deliberations in forging a way forward to assist private universities operate better.
The committee members included Margaret Baba Diri, woman MP Koboko District, Paul Omoru, MP Dokolo South, Jacob Opolot, MP Pallisa District, and Sheila Mwiine Kabaije, woman MP Kiruhura District.