The reign of Dr. Martini Aliker as the Chancellor of Victoria came to an end this week when the University unveiled Prof John Opuda Asibo as his replacement at a ceremony that took place at the University’s Auditorium.
Victoria University described Prof Opuda, who becomes the third Chancellor, as a scholar of national and international repute. Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia, the director of the university described Prof Opuda as a man of impeccable integrity, global experience, honesty and academic competence.
Professor Opuda-Asibo is a graduate with a veterinary Medical Degree from Makerere University, he also holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a PhD in Microbiology, Epidemiology and Public Health, both from the University of Minnesota, USA.
His Public Health training has provided him with multi-sectoral knowledge application in Epidemiology (observational and analytical), Administration, Economics, Education and Governance.
Professor Opuda-Asibo, has experience in Education, Science, Cooperation, institutional Collaboration and Coordination, Negotiation, Dialogue, Cultural Interaction, Publishing, Grants awarding, Scientific Research, Organizing and Charing meetings, Harmonization of Curricula and Educational Systems the latter as a member of the Top Management Committee of the Ministry of Education, Government of Uganda.
Bill Nkeeto the Acting Vice Chancellor of the university noted that as the education institutions in the world have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the case has not been any different with the institution.
“Victoria University just like any other institution around the world has been affected by the COVID pandemic that has caused a snag in extending knowledge and skills to learners in Uganda and the rest of the region, However, we have put in place all the requirements needed for learning and we are sure that whoever joins will live by the motto Come prepared to learn, Leave prepared to succeed,” he said.
Sudhir 'wholeheartedly' appreciated the services of outgoing Chancellor Dr Aliker, for ‘the commitment, guidance, wisdom and wonderful leadership’ he accorded the university.’
"We feel indebted that we have nothing to pay you for seven years of services in which you presided over four graduations and above all cutting a new edge for Victoria University as an institution,” Sudhir said.
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