Elizabeth Namuli

Elizabeth Namuli

COVID19: Victoria University Reveals Date To Commence Online Classes

President Yoweri Museveni recently guided that the education sector should be systematically be reopened by first allowing medical students to return to their respective training centers.

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHEE) also communicated to universities it has had inspected and found fit to reopen permitting them to conduct online classes or e-learning.

And through the faculty of health sciences, Victoria University has announced that it will start conducting online classes for its students on the 28th September 2020.

The Ag.Vice Chancellor of Victoria University Bill Nkeeto said the reopening of schools for students undertaking health-related courses will curb the human resource gap in the health sector.

Nkeeto emphasized that they will continue to follow strict guidelines and SOP recommendations issued by the ministry of health and other government agencies and experts.

Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) through its member bodies has been working hard to ensure that education resumes following the issuance of COVID-19 SOP guidelines which were issued in September 2020.

The NCHE conducted an inspection of the Victoria University e-learning facilities and was convinced that this Premier University was ready to start its online teaching programmes for its students.

The permission is valid for twelve (12) months or the duration of the COVID-19 crisis as will be determined by the relevant authorities and renewal can be applied for at least (2) months before the expiry of the (12) twelve months period if necessary.


Ruparelia Foundation Donates Computers To Journalism Institute

Ruparelia Foundation through Kampala Parents’ School has donated 10 computers to African Institute for Investigative Journalism.

The donation was handed over to Solomon Sserwanja, the Institute’s Executive Director, Mrs. Daphine Kato the Principal Kampala Parents School.

Mrs. Kato represented Rajiv Ruparelia one of the directors of Ruparelia Foundation. Gareth Onyango, the General Manager Premier Advertising, a Ruparelia Group company, was also present.

Onyango said the donation by Ruparelia Foundation is meant to support E-learning in schools in order to help students to access classwork and digital learning resources online while schools are closed.

He noted that Ruparelia Foundation recognizes the importance of education adding that in any endeavor are committed to help support this mission by giving back to the communities through such assistances.

Solomon Sserwanja also thanked Ruparelia Foundation for extending a hand and said that the computers will help the beneficiaries to access technology and continue with their classes during the lockdown.

African Institute for Investigative Journalism is a media organization focusing on providing investigative journalism at home on the African continent.

Speke Group Of Hotels Nominated In World Luxury Hotel Awards

Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort and Speke Resort and Conference Centre have been nominated in this year’s World Luxury Hotel Awards for the excellent work they exhibited in 2019 as services providers in the global hospitality business.

Both hotels owned by Speke Group of Hotels have previous won at the World Luxury Hotel Awards with Speke Resort winning the best lakeside luxury resort in Africa at the 2019 World Luxury Hotels Awards in Finland and Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort winning at the 2018 event in Indonesia.

“We are thrilled to announce that we have been nominated for the World Luxury Hotel Awards. Thank you for your support throughout all these years!” Speke Resort, which is part of the larger Speke Group of Hotels said in a brief message on their social media pages.

The World Luxury Hotel Awards, established in 2006, celebrate achievements in the luxury hotel industry offering international recognition as voted by guests, travelers and industry players alike.

Over 300 000 international travelers nominate and vote each year for their favorite hotels, during a four-week period to select the winners. The Awards have over 100 categories with 2000 hotels profiled and nominated.

The two sister hotels early this month won the travellers' choice winner’s award at the 18th annual Travelers’ Choice Awards organized by TripAdvisor for their excellent work in 2019.

While the world is battling with the COVID19 pandemic, service providers in the hospitality industry, which has received much of the virus’ brunt, are remaining hopeful that all will return to normal; and celebrations as such reignite confidence in the industry.  


COVID-19 Forces Victoria University To Slash Tuition Fees By 50 Percent

The coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic has had a hit on the education sector. The pandemic, because of the destruction it has had on people’s incomes, has also made it hard for people to afford education.

And in a reactionary move, the management of Victoria University Monday announced a 50% discount on tuition fees as a response to the devastation the COVID-29 pandemic has had on the education sector in Uganda.

The discount which commences September this year will benefit new and continuing students, including non-Ugandan students. The discount will affect all courses offered at the university.

The university directors Sudhir and Rajiv Ruparelia while addressing the press conference to announce the discount emphasized the need to make education affordable and accessible.

“The decision was taken to reduce the fees because of the global pandemic that has come in. We believe that quality education should be affordable to Ugandan students. The current economic situation is not good and we have used his opportunity to give back to the society by reducing our fees," Rajiv said.

“This pandemic is not only for today, it will be here for the next 2 to 3 years so the fees structure will remain stable for long time to come and we will review it in consultation with students’ body, university council and the market but I don’t see us raising fees for the next 2-3 years” Dr Sudhir noted.

The Chairman of Victoria University Council, Atike Matovu said that the University made a decision to reduce the fees structure to ensure continuity of learning by the students at affordable rates.

“University ought to make sound and bold moves to ensure learning continues and thus cut on tuition. Victoria realized that quality education should be acceptable by all and therefore has taken a drastic positive step,” he said.

The acting Vice Chancellor, Victoria University, Bill Nkeeto noted that in order to foster innovation and create a positive social and economic impact, the reduction in the cost of education is a tailored made support to government efforts of building a better society post COVID19.

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