Education Innovation Africa

Professor Deirdre Carabine attended the Education Innovation Africa Conference in Nairobi last week. She was a panelist speaking about the future of mobile learning on the African continent. It was an exciting topic and generated a lot of discussion from the attendees (around 120 experts in the delivery of education at all levels). Her main point was that while the future of mobile learning is certainly clear, stakeholders are coming to appreciate its benefits rather slowly. All panelists spoke convincingly about the need to sensitize more people about the benefits of learning online rather than in the traditional brick and motor institution that is becoming increasingly expensive. You can visit the conference website at: http://www.educationinnovationafrica.com/.

 

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Here at Virtual University of Uganda, we think we are finally beginning to make inroads into the market for mobile learning as more professionals are coming to appreciate its benefits. A very powerful example of the flexibility of mobile learning: three weeks ago one of our Kenyan students had to leave the Live Classroom halfway through the discussion because he had to catch a flight from Nairobi to Mombassa. Ten minutes later he was back “in class” in the taxi to the airport via his smart phone!

Visit our website to find out more about us and what we do; and read about our approach to online learning at our Open Access Publications site.

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Behind the scenes at Virtual University of Uganda

P1090476our campus in Kampala

Virtual University of Uganda (VUU) was granted a licence from the Uganda National Council for Higher Education in 2011, and we have been growing steadily since. We are proud to be pioneering elearning in Uganda and the region, and we are gradually becoming more well known even outside the continent. We had our first graduation in July and it was a colourful and happy occasion presided over by our Chancellor Lady Justice Flavia Senoga Anglin. Our friends on Facebook number almost 27,000, and we are also very visible on Twitter and Google+.

Our students come from, among other places, Uganda, the Philippines, the UK, Belgium, Tanzania, Malawi, South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Burundi, and Kenya, including a number of Ugandan professionals living abroad). Our staff are sourced globally, regionally, and nationally and represent Belgium, Ireland, The Netherlands, England, Scotland, Uganda, Tanzania, Cameron, Italy, and Bolivia. We are a hard-working group and undertake all our tasks with professionalism and integrity.

Our Vice Chancellor is the veteran Belgian educationalist Professor Dr Michel Lejeune. He studied in Belgium, Oxford, and Canada, and holds two PhD degrees from Louvain. Having been a high court judge in Belgium, he was the founder Vice Chancellor at Uganda Martyrs University, and later the Deputy Executive Director at the Uganda National Council for Higher Education.  Those of you who know him, will remember that he is uncompromising about quality in higher education.

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Second in command is Professor Dr Deirdre Carabine, Director of Programmes (Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs). She studied in Belfast, Paris, Munich, and Dublin, and is also the holder of two PhDs. She came to Uganda in 1993 to work at Uganda Martyrs University, and by the time she left, she was Deputy Vice Chancellor (AA), having also headed the Institute of Ethics and Development Studies and set up the School of Postgraduate Studies. She then founded International Health Sciences University before moving on to become founder Vice Chancellor at Virtual University of Uganda. She is passionate about online learning and has overall responsibility to ensure that all teaching and learning materials are of the best possible quality. She is also chief editor for the VUU Open Access Resources Series.

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The Chairman of our Board of Trustees is Professor Dr Charles Olweny, senior oncologist and educationalist, and previously VC at Uganda Martyrs University; the Chairman of our University Governing Council is Professor Dr Patrick Mangheni, formerly CEO of RENU, the Research and Education Network of Uganda. The other members of our full-time staff include Ms Lindo Victoria Ndagire, University Secretary in the Registry, and Mr Vincent Oloya in the Finance Office. All other staff members are contracted to teach courses in their areas of expertise. Our current programme leaders are Dr Ashis Brahma (Holland), Professor Adalbertus Kamanzi (Tanzania), Drs Arjan de Jaeger (The Netherlands), and Drs Jimmy Opoka (Uganda). I think you will agree that we are a diverse but well-qualified team.

It is because we have a very sleek physical infrastructure that we can concentrate on quality multi-media materials that make the student learning experience more enjoyable. This is what our Learning Platform looks like:

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You simply log on, go to your classroom, and learn! Simple. And we are always on hand to help you. We are proud of the fact that we offer premier student support both within and outside traditional office hours. So you do not have to travel to the university EVER: except perhaps if you wish to attend graduation! All registration, learning, Live Classes, and examinations are done online. All you need is a reliable internet connection. No more traffic jams as you struggle to reach the university at 6.00pm four evenings a week! Learn while you earn, as we say, and, most conveniently, learn at your own pace and in your own place!

If you would like to be part of this revolution in learning, visit our website to find out more about us. Currently, we offer Master’s degrees in Public Health, ICT4Development, Executive MBA (with Oil and Gas specialization and Hospitality Management coming soon), and MA International Development. We also offer a number of free online course each year (called LOOCs — Little Open Online Courses). These lead to postgraduate certification. We also offer training programmes for university staff who wish to learn how to be an online lecturer or how to manage an eLearning Platform.

To contact us, visit the website,  phone Victoria on +256 312 202137 or +256 772 202137, or mail Victoria at infovuu@virtualuni.ac.ug. You can also call in to our campus at 425 Zzimwe (Church) Road, Muyenga, Kampala (opposite Tankhill Parade).

We look forward to welcoming you as our student!

Virtual Classrooms

Visit us today online to find out more about the postgraduate programmes we offer and how you could study online wherever you are in the world.

A virtual classroom for the 21st century.

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A Paperless University

David Okwii’s write up gives a good and well-written account of what we do here at VUU. You can read it here. David works at http://www.dignited.com.

New Programme at VUU

Postgraduate Diploma Business Administration and Executive MBA

This new programme at VUU is intended for working professionals who need to update and consolidate the skills necessary to operate in the fast-changing business world of today. The courses offered in the programme build on participants’ existing professional skills, and constitute an advanced study of best business practices both in the African and international contexts.

The demand for competent and creative business leaders and managers who will take business practice to the next level in the African context is undisputed today given the situation and realities on the ground. Transforming existing business practices will not happen overnight but will happen when sufficient numbers of business professionals adhere to best business practices. African business practices 3.0 will not only make business practices more efficient in terms of human and financial resources, but will also have a knock-on effect in terms of the region’s social and economic development.

The programme builds on existing skills to ensure that resulting practices are taken to the next level. All courses in the programme are built to ensure that local realities are taken into account while at the same time looking to international best practices to bring business realities and practices in the region into line with international standards and practices.

One competitive advantage of this programme is that it acknowledges the fact that business executives lead busy lives and need the flexibility to study at their own pace and in their own time. The second competitive advantage is that the programme tutors are sourced globally with a mix of strong practical and academic skills so that best business practices are at the heart of this programme which is offered entirely online so that busy professionals can access learning materials 24/7.

All courses in the programme will not only focus on the new and emerging technologies available today that enhance and facilitate best business practices but also on professionalism and ethical decision-making in order to take business practices to the next level.

The practicum – which takes the place of a dissertation at Executive MBA level allows programme participants to test drive their new skills in the real business world.

Programme Objective

The overall aim of the programme is to develop a cadre of dynamic, creative, and highly-trained business professionals who have the knowledge and skills necessary to bring about change in existing business practices in the East Africa region.

Target Group

The target group is comprised of graduate professionals who have three-five years working experience and who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills through online study.

Programme Structure

The programme comprises eleven courses taken over two calendar years, with approximately two months for each course. It is envisaged that students will spend eight hours study per week, in addition to one Live Classroom session, with sufficient opportunity to participate in Chat Sessions with tutors on a weekly basis.

PGDBA / EMBA Programme Structure*

PGDBA 101 Strategic Leadership and Management Skills 3 CU
PGDBA 102 Managing People in Organizations 3 CU
PGDBA 103 Corporate Governance and Integrity 3 CU

PGDBA 104 Financial Management 3 CU
PGDBA 105 Strategic Procurement Management 3 CU
PGDBA 106 Contemporary Marketing Strategies and Practices 3 CU
PGDBA 107 Putting the e into Business: Technology Management 3 CU
PGDBA 108 Accounting for Management 3 CU
PGDBA 109 Operations Management Skills 3 CU
PGDBA 110 Creative Corporate Entrepreneurship 3 CU

* These individual courses may also be taken as stand-alone certificate courses as part of Continuous Professional Development. Any of the three parts of the programme may also be taken as postgraduate certificate courses.

Continuation to Master’s Practicum

On successful completion of the courses leading to a PG Diploma in Business Administration, having gained a CGPA of 3.0 and above in the taught courses, and passing an interview, candidates may be invited to register as a Master’s candidate and proceed to embark on the practicum which will be guided by a regional / international expert in the field of study chosen.

EMBA 201 Practicum 6 CU

Total Credit Units Executive MBA: 39 CU
Core Teaching Staff

Professor Dr Victor van Reijswoud, Professor ICT and eLearning, VUU
Professor Dr Douglas Nisbet, Royal Gordon University
Mr Patrick Mugambe, Uganda Management Institute
Professor Dr Deirdre Carabine, Virtual University of Uganda
Professor Dr Michel Lejeune, Virtual University of Uganda

Our teaching staff have been recruited on the basis of both academic and hands-on business experience and together they have accumulated more than 150 years experience in academic and business life. Other teaching staff are being recruited in the East Africa region so that we give our students a truly global perspective on world business today.

Reading Materials
VUU hosts an Open Access library on its Moodle Platform with over 50 million up-to-date databases, resources, and full-text ebooks.

Open Access Publishing

VUU has made a platform available for Open Access publications. We are currently seeking papers on all aspects of development, public health, and icts for development.

Visit our site at: http://openaccess.virtualuni.ac.ug/

You can also visit our open access collection on our website at: http://www.virtualuni.ac.ug