By Julius Mugaga Tukacungurwa/ Umoja Standard.
Lugogo, Kampala-Uganda: John John Jacob, the International University of East Africa’s Consultant has sought Ugandan government to invited investors to create and produce for Ugandans not to repatriate profits and expertise.
Jacob argued that Ugandans have incredible brains but lack expertise to put it into use and it is against this background that he believed that if Ugandans were equipped with required skills, they would produce for themselves and save the country from incurring exorbitant import duties.
“Uganda is spending a lot on importing various products which may actually be produced here so I believe if Ugandans are equipped with require expertise, it becomes a key diver in promoting Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU)”. He stated.
He cited an example of Electric bike which is an innovation of students of International University of East Africa (IUEA) because the institution invests a lot in local and top innovations, this will help to retain the dollars spent outside there by boosting BUBU.
Important to note.
Kansanga–based International University of East Africa (IUEA) was established in 2010 and is one of Uganda’s private chartered University by the Uganda National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) which was approved in September 2022.
“A Charter is the highest license an institution of higher learning can attain from the regulators and this can be granted only by the Head of State on the evidence that the university meets the requirements and standards of academic excellence set by the Uganda National Council for Higher Education and the Ministry of Education.
Out of the 52 private Universities and other tertiary degree awarding institutions in Uganda, IUEA is one of the handful with a charter.
A chartergrant signifiess that the institution ssufficiently demonstrates its ability in providing environment that supports and nurtures quality education which IUEA has done majorly in technological prowess.
According to section 103(a) of the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act of 2001 as amended; a chartered University means a university is placed at the same level public Universities and can award Bachelor’s Degree, Masters and PhD.
Jacob pointed that IUEA’s major focus is maintain their No.1 position in offering Technological practical skills to provide a generation of workforce that is efficient for Uganda as a country, region and international level.
“We do this in order to complement our economy with best service in the field of technology as the country’s vision is to suit in the 4th industrial revolution and live by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations”. He stated.
He revealed that because of the University’s high-quality performance, students from over 52 countries across the globe have been attracted to pursue their programs with IUEA because excellent education and practical skills is at the helm of everything.
“Ninety percent of students are employed before finishing studies because nowadays, organizations hire employees not because of their qualifications but due to their competence, efficiency and effectiveness, integrity, character, commitment and other valuable qualities”. He remarked.
He informed that at the exhibition, IUEA came to network with other exhibitors in line with what they do citing that they only can grow by association by sourcing like- minded people especially in technological line.
He stated that this year’s exhibition is to help them connect, create and collaborate with resourceful exhibitors who will at the end of the day add value on what they do as a university.
He encouraged Ugandans especially parents who have children who are studying to interest them in technological courses and programs as this is the trend the country is taking.