E-Learning in Uganda should be structured to meet the realities.

E-Learning in Uganda should be structured to meet the realities.

I am writing to briefly respond to the issues you raised in your article published in TND News titled, "Uganda’s online learning is a white elephant for practical subjects and courses." First and foremost, elearning should be part of learning. This means it should be embedded into the normal learning routine in schools, especially secondary schools, and universities. In this case, learning is done within the framework (environment) of the school, managed and supervised by teachers. This is a method that is most agreeable and widely used world over. It means teachers or lecturers continue normal teaching in class, but supplement it using elearning, e.g. giving online assignments, viewing simulations etc. The other way is purely online learning, as it is being done now in Uganda, with students & teachers far apart. In this case, teachers dump material into the elearning platform and students receive and complete activities. In this situation, I agree with you that it is not fit for science (STEM) &...
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Higher Education in the New Cities: more needs to be done to uplift science education

Higher Education in the New Cities: more needs to be done to uplift science education

As of June 2020, Uganda only had one city, Kampala. Interestingly, by August 2020, it had 10 more. In July it was Arua, Gulu, Mbale, Jinja, Masaka, Mbarara, and Fort Portal that were elevated from municipalities to cities. Then in August 2020, Lira, Soroti and Hoima were also upgraded. The number then rises to 11 cities in Uganda. This article looks at the 2020 admissions data in the 4 public universities in the 4 selected cities. These are Muni University (Arua), Gulu University, Lira University and Soroti University.Lira University. LU admitted a total of 342 students under private admissions scheme, with girls constituting 44% of this figure. Furthermore, under government admissions, 76 have been admitted under national merit scheme, and 22 under district quota scheme.  This brings the total sum 440 new students admitted for undergraduate studies. This number excludes post graduate admissions.Now, let us look at the geographical distribution to students under private admissions. Applicants admitted from Lira district...
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Government sponsorship: District Quota admissions for academic year 2020/2021 for Lango sub region

Government sponsorship: District Quota admissions for academic year 2020/2021 for Lango sub region

Makerere University has released a list of students admitted to public universities under the district quota scheme. Government sponsors 4000 students for undergraduate studies to public universities through for three schemes. There is national merit, district quota scheme and sports & disability. The option is through the loan scheme.Overall, a total of 1,157 students were admitted under this scheme, which allocates a fix number of slots to each district. Makerere University got the lions share and took 646, Lira University (22), Gulu University (54), Muni University (24), Kyambogo University (182), and Mbarara University of Science & Technology got 50. Others are Kabale University (30), Busitema University (36), Makerere University Business School got 90, and Soroti University got 23. You can get the full list with all districts here.Below is the full of list of students admitted under district quota scheme from Lango sub region.  LIRA U3266/508 ADONG Maria (EDA)-MAKERERE UNIVERSITYU0008/520 AKOT Debra (FIN)-MAKERERE UNIVERSITYU2192/569 OTIM Ivan (MEC)-MAKERERE UNIVERSITYU3266/550 OGENA Allan...
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Study opportunities aboard for young Ugandans

Study opportunities aboard for young Ugandans

If you are interested in study opportunities abroad, this is the time to intensify your search and preparations. Scholarships in both English-speaking & Non-speaking countries in Europe, Pacific and America start calling for applications in August & September each year. These include Ireland, UK, Australia, New Zealand, U.S, Canada. Others are Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Germany, and Japan. It is important to intending applicants to be on look out. Today, we bring two opportunities. Ireland Fellowship Programme 2021 The application process is on-going. The Ireland Fellows Programme enables early to mid-career professionals from eligible countries, with leadership potential, to benefit from a prestigious, world-class, quality education contributing to capacity building. It offers selected students the opportunity to undertake a fully funded one-year master’s level programme at a higher education institution (HEI) in Ireland. The award covers programme fees, flights, accommodation and living costs. Eligible master’s level programmes in Ireland commence in August or September each year and, depending on the programme, will...
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The RUFORUM/MasterCard Foundation Masters Scholarships Admission List – Gulu University 2020/2021

The RUFORUM/MasterCard Foundation Masters Scholarships Admission List – Gulu University 2020/2021

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 85 Universities in 36 African countries, in partnership with Mastercard Foundation, Gulu University and Egerton University are implementing an eight year post graduate scholarship program aimed at transforming African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, technology, business and innovation for rural agricultural transformation. The program started in 2016 and will run up to 2024 at Gulu University. The implementing universities for this programme are Gulu University in Uganda and Egerton University in Kenya. This scholarship opportunity is open to African students of all race, colour, descent and who in particular are economically disadvantaged and those coming from conflict and post-conflict areas of Africa. The applicant has to be in position to qualify for admission into undergraduate and/or postgraduate programs at Gulu University and/or Egerton University as listed above. Students already having a scholarship of any kind are not eligible...
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