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Private University Owners Blast Government Officials Over Bureaucracies

Private University owners have blasted Ministry of Education and National Council of Higher Education officials for being bureaucratic and slow in executing their roles in facilitating education related policies.

They also accuse officials at two government agencies of corruption saying these bottlenecks are subotaging their investments.

“We are serious perturbed and frustrated by the slow,bureaucratic and corrupt method of work ethics exhibited by Ministry of Education and National Council of Higher Education officials,”Resident Director of International University of East Africa Hassan Alwi noted.

“Every thing you consult on officials ask for money and deal dull around yet we as private sector investors need quick decisions on matter affecting our investments,” he added.
“We are not fighting government agencies but they should help us have smooth operations to advance our businesses,” Alwi clarified.

International University of East Africa(IUEA) for instance applied for a license to acquire a charter three years ago and have their virtual education curriculum programme approved in November but in vain.

According to Alwi, management is considering with drawing their expansion plan a development where more Ugandans would be employed if established.

A strategic plan seen by this reporter indicates that IUEA had planned to open six regional branches country wide.

IUEA the technological University of choice teaches top best global cutting edge courses like entrepreneurship,robotics, IT innovations,engineering and technology with emphasis on hands on practical skills in Africa.

IUEA recently signed memorandum of understanding with global institute MIT to roll out virtual education but in vain.

The new education paradigm shift first of its kind in Africa aims to offer modem teaching where students can study without physical movement on real time through access of internet,smart phone’s at their convenience.

Pro. Badru Katerega, Kampala University Vice Chancellor asked government to ease the process of acquiring work permits especially for eternal professor who come into the country to further provide expert training and research.

Hassan Basajjabalaba of Kampala International University appealed to called for closer collaboration with government in extending higher education and building demand driven human resource for the country.

Reacting to the development, Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda challenged universities to teach relevant and hands on courses to facilitate job creation.

Rugunda says this in line with National aspiration and realization of vision 2040.

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