International University of East Africa (IUEA) recently marked seven years anniversary with Mr. and Miss IUEA Beauty contest. Felix Oketcho talked to IUEA Vice Chancellor Dr. EmekaAkaezuwa and below is a summary of what transpired.
Kindly give us a brief about the International University of East Africa?
The International University of East Africa (IUEA) is a private University licensed by National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
IUEA’s main campus is located in Kansanga, Kampala, Uganda, and draws students from East Africa, and from the rest of the world. IUEA celebrates a multi-cultural atmosphere with students from many countries.
“IUEA is a thriving international community of scholars and students engaged in the pursuit of advanced knowledge, practical skills and human values. At IUEA we are dedicated to producing excellent graduates who are masters of their chosen fields of study, highly employable, and capable of creating new products and building new companies as entrepreneurs”, Hassan Alwi Member of the International University of E.A Board of Trustees said.
IUEA offers many programmes including undergraduate and post-graduate degrees.
IUEA also offers the International Foundation Program (IFP), CISCO, special language classes and short course certificates that prepare students for both employment and entry into academic qualifications.
All certificates, diplomas, degrees and master qualifications are designed to ensure that students get maximum expertise in the use of technology and complete their program armed with an excellent education that includes practical experience and skills for employment and entrepreneurship.
IUEA recently marked seven years of existence. What makes IUEA unique?
IUEA is different because it provides high quality education that combines theory and practical skills. Our programmes emphasize job creation to improve economic outlook of the country. We also engage directly with students to take interest in their academic, professional and personal development while at university. Practical skills are an important objective of this. It is from this all-inclusive and dynamic learning experience that makes an IUEA qualification unique.
Our innovations and better programmes have kept us ahead of university competition for students. This is why students have won several innovation projects and show cased in many national and regional newspapers and televisions. Our innovative quality programmes and in fact that we pay attention to our students. We have innovative, curriculum that attract student’s modern first university to introduce robotics in Uganda.
Our curriculum deals with modern technology, mobile money systems that teach in Africa. Robotics and artificial intelligence on practical level.
“We design and achieve programmes from scratch, build systems and robotics in practical way,”
Our reputation has grown because of quality modern curriculum that address problems of day and tomorrow.
As new university we created for the future our way of doing things has changed the old-fashioned
Please take us through key milestone achievements the university has registered in the last seven years of existence?
We have been highly voted by the public as best private university teaching practical and modern curriculum that has impacted the continent.
We have been able to introduce modern curriculum that focuses on modern learning skills combined with practicals.
We have been able to introduce robotics teaching in Uganda a programme that has impact lives of innovators and created first sustainable innovations lab in Africa.
International University of E.A currently tops in cyber security and block chain technology and mobile money systems development.
We have been able to establish and use technology to spur agriculture and farming innovation that has tackled issues related climate change adaptation.
The biggest challenge African continent faces today is youth unemployment despite numerous universities available to teach and produce large number of graduates.
In your perspective as vice chancellor of most prestigious university in Africa, What should done to tackle this challenge?
I call for immediate curriculum revision at higher education level. This notion of teaching theory will not help our continent and young people. We need to combine theory and practicals in our university programmes and produce graduates who can think, be innovative and confident in their chosen field and with identifiable competences. Our current education system is archaic and old-fashioned and it’s based on passing exams.
We need a combination of theory, practical knowledge and skills to solve society problems.
We need an education system that will change assessment methods in teaching and examinations so that it becomes project based. This will enhance people’s confidence and skills right from primary to the secondary level and beyond and generate the innovators of the future – something that is desperately needed by industry as well as society.
Any plans for the future?
We intend to roll out virtual education to fit with digital migration. This will afford more people in the continent to study online without travelling to Uganda.
We also intend to collaborate with the National Curriculum Development Centre and the National Council for Higher Education to review university prograsmmes that have an impact to society. We totally believe that what universities are teaching are old-fashioned and we are willing to show them the way to modern teaching programmes.
We have already started the collaboration with private universities and private sector where we show case our technology and teaching courses.
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