Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) has launched new programmes, added to the range of creative diploma, degrees and doctorate courses, designed to cater for the public needs ahead of President Museveni’s visit to grace the university’s silver jubilee celebrations.
Mr Museveni will be the main celebrant this Friday as the university marks 25 years of excellence.
While unveiling the new courses in the Auditorium at Nkozi Main Campus on Tuesday, Associate Professor Michael Mawa, Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs announced new 16 programmes including; Doctor of Philosophy in Agroecology and Food Systems, Master of Arts in Microfinance Management, Bachelor of Procurement and Supply Chain Management, Bachelor of International Business Management, Bachelor of Real Estate Management, Bachelor of Science in Development Economics, Bachelor of Science in Economics and Natural Resources Management, and Bachelor of Transport and Logistics Management.
Others are; Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Bachelor of Early Childhood Development Education, Bachelor of Inclusive Deaf Education, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Bachelor of Science in Economics and Statistics, Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication, Bachelor of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design, and Diploma in Transformative Education and Faith.
In her remark, Dr Maria Brons, manager for International Knowledge Exchange at Royal Dutch Kentalis in Netherlands encouraged universities in Uganda to bridge the challenge of language barrier by including specialised education and care for people who are deaf.
“You cater for the people who are hard of hearing, deaf blind, who do have speech language disorder, are multiple handicapped or facing autism spectrum disorder. We’re happy to share our support with UMU and we pledge to help more other tertiary institutions to link all communication gaps among the people,” she said.
Professor Chrysostom Maviiri, UMU Vice Chancellor urged lecturers and tutors in tertiary institutions to always put more emphasis on teaching technical skills and providing knowledge that students can use for immediate job opportunities after graduating.
“It’s only these technical skills and knowledge that will change the world in technologies, economics, ethics and other aspects of life. Always identify the problem, introduce new inventions and implement what is relevant for the society to develop,” he added.