2016 in retrospect

2016 was, overall, a good year for Virtual University of Uganda. Our student numbers are creeping slowly up, and we are confident we will be able to reach our targets this year and be sustainable for the future thereafter. Not only are our student numbers rising, we are also adding to our administrative staff.

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Mrs Maria Renee Rada joined us as Programme Leader in ICT4D and as IT Consultant. Her contributions to our young university are most appreciated.

One significant event occurred towards the end of the year: on 9 December, VUU turned 5.This is still a small figure but it is a sign that we are moving on and gaining strength and acclaim. Our international body of teaching staff continues to provide us with premier services from England, Holland, Belgium, Ireland, Scotland, Tanzania, Bolivia, Malaysia, and, of course, Uganda.

We are currently working on new programmes in the management area (human resource and organizational behaviour) and are hoping to recruit students for these programmes for the August intake. We continue adding courses to our Corporate Academy, this year Spanish and Excel (and we continue to offer Moodle training and courses for librarians).

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Our Vice Chancellor Prof. Lejeune was busy this year with his work as Chairman of the Board of Directors of RENU (Research and Education Network) and as Chair of the Uganda Vice Chancellors’ Forum. Both organizations are happy to gain from his many years of experience in higher education in Africa.

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Professor Carabine was in demand on the conference circuit this year. In May she spoke at Education Innovation Africa in Nairobi; in December she gave the keynote address at the UbuntuNet Alliance conference in Kampala, and she participated in a panel discussion at the Times Higher Education Summit on BRICS and Emerging Economies in Johannesburg, also in December.

Our coverage in the Times Higher Education sparked a number of engagements ), not least of which was a podcast for The Academic Citizen on virtual learning in Uganda which came out in October. And an article about the first five years of VUU will appear in an upcoming issue of World University News.

On the social front, we enjoyed our Drop-in Day in May, and many students and well-wishers came to chat and exchange experiences.

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Our second graduation, presided over by Chancellor Lady Justice Flavia Senoga Anglin, was held in July where our first honorary award (M.Phil) was given to Mr Ahmed Ibrahim Ahmed Bholim for services to accountancy in East Africa.

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It has been a busy year indeed and we look forward to an even more exciting 2017. With new programmes and new staff, we hope to forge even deeper alliances with sister universities across the globe. Wish us well as we pioneer online learning in Sub-Saharan Africa!

eLearning in Africa

Although Virtual University of Uganda will not be attending this year’s eLearning Africa Conference, we are making sure to keep up with all the latest news and innovations on the elearning scene. We know we are at the cutting edge of online teaching and learning on the continent, and we are proud to be spear-heading this development. We have just completed our Strategic Plan for the next 5 years and are pleased to announce that we will be adding two new specializations to the Executive MBA programme: Tourism and Hospitality Management and Health Services Management. These are in addition to our already-existing Oil and Gas specialization. Indeed we have come a long way from chalk and talk to click and learn!

You can keep up with all the recent news at: http://ela-newsportal.com/

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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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Teaching and Learning Online

Teaching online may well be the future for most academics worldwide. However, transitioning to an online or mixed-mode way of teaching and learning can be difficult: old mind-sets are hard to change. We are all used to the 1 teacher – 100 students (or more) scenario, teaching (or dictating) for 1 timetable hour in 1 classroom with a black (or white) board and, perhaps, a projector for the ubiquitous powerpoint presentation!

But times are fast changing. While it is difficult for many institutions to bring elearning on board — staff and student resistance and fear, inadequate resources, lack of IT skills, poor support from management …. we at VUU believe that the time is now to take the plunge. We have launched three postgraduate programmes entirely online, and while it has not all been plain sailing, it has worked! Our students are full elearning students.

Having been there and done that, so to speak, we at VUU now want to share our knowledge and experiences. To this end, we are organizing a series of training programmes for third-level institutions and their staff. The first of these is on eTutoring. Should you wish to take this course (or you know someone who might be interested), please visit our Academic Website for more details and access to the online Application Form.

www. virtualuni.ac.ug/vuu-corporate-academy/

 

VUU Academy for Corporate Learning

VUU Academy for Corporate Learning
in partnership with Human Capacity Development Consult
supporting Uganda’s competitiveness strategy through world-class training

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The Virtual University of Uganda (VUU) Academy for Corporate Learning is an industry outreach initiative established to provide innovative, world-class, short courses focused on enhancing Uganda’s competitiveness through continuous improvement of the workforce. Innovative courses have been designed to fit specific needs of the private sector, public sector, civil society as well as personal needs. The courses offered focus on designing and providing innovative Performance-Improvement Training (PIT) addressing specific capacity needs of the corporate world within the region. The Academy has a fixed schedule for open courses at the University premises but also responds to requests by organizations that wish to have in-house training.

Our Academy employs creative, unique learning methods. Our training process is carefully worked out in great detail with the learning needs of corporate executives in mind. The facilitators set out to give clients not just training, but a life-changing learning experience. From the content and packaging of course materials to the organization of learning sessions, each course is a living manifestation of innovation. All training sessions will be highly interactive and hands-on sessions focused on empowering participants with the practical tools and insights necessary to champion transformative change in their organizations.

Our Upcoming Courses and Training Sessions

Our 2-day Executive Courses, which are facilitated by expert coaches, cost UGX 400,000/=,  inclusive of breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and course materials. 3-day courses cost UGX 600,000/=

Time Management for Personal Effectiveness, 18-19 April 2013
This course is especially designed for busy executives, professionals who combine work and study and young professionals at the start of their career.
We all have 24 hours in a day. The single-most factor responsible for our personal effectiveness lies in how we use our time. This is a course on how to undertake a Time Management Revolution at a personal level. In this training you discover that time management is more than being a punctuality freak. You will learn how to analyze your Personal Engagement Cycle and develop criteria for prioritizing your engagements. At the centre of it all is the art and science of decision making, coupled with amercing the right skills and tools to execute tasks in the most optimal way. You will learn how to identify High-Impact Actions (HIA) that lead to your targets and goals everyday. For managers, leaders and supervisors, this training empowers you to help others do their job better in order to achieve organizational goals.

Leadership, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution: The Mandela Model, 26-27 April 2013
This specially designed course targets leaders of all kinds and all levels.
The training is modeled on the outstanding leadership, negotiation and conflict management astuteness of Nelson Mandela. It explores the phenomenon of Mandela as a living embodiment of Emotional Intelligence and how he successfully applied self-mastery and empathy in negotiation and conflict transformation in different situations. Augmented by Stephen Covey’s all-time principles as expounded in the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, the training will empower participants with hands-on tools and techniques for transformational leadership, negotiation and conflict management without creating losers.

Applying the Blue Ocean Strategy Approach to Strategic Thinking, 2-3 May 2013
The course targets CEOs, Board Members, Directors and Managers of all types of organizations.
Red Ocean Strategy metaphorically represents the common place scenario where competitors are fiercely fighting for a market share of the existing “small” market. The bleeding begotten of fierce competition turns the ocean red. Blue Ocean Strategy on the other hand, avoids the necessity to fight by making competition irrelevant. In this training, participants will learn how to discover, explore, create and profit from untapped markets, thereby establishing a blue ocean territory around them. It’s about becoming an industry leader and game changer rather than playing the game following the limiting rules set by existing competitors. Any organization can do it. This training teaches you how!

Our Next Courses

Creativity and Innovations Management, 8, 9, 10 May 2013
This course is designed for CEOs, HR Managers, Product Development Managers, Customer Care Managers, Sales and Marketing Managers, ICT Managers, Quality Assurance Managers, PROs, Consultants, Heads of Units in Government Departments, NGO Executives, Heads of Units in Higher Education Institutions.
Systems Thinking and Change Management, 13-14 May 2013
The course targets CEOs, and other corporate leaders and managers at all levels in organizations.
Strategic Customer Service Management, 16-17 May 2013
For Customer Service Managers, Product Development Managers, Business Development Managers, HR Managers, CEOs, Senior Managers, Mid-Managers and other corporate strategists.
Emotional Intelligence for Managers, 23-24 May 2013
For CEOs, and other corporate leaders and managers at all levels in organizations.
Strategic Management in Practice, 30-31 May 2013
The training targets CEOs, Board Members and Managers at different levels in organizations.
Building Talent Management Systems at the Workplace, 6-7 June 2013
This course is especially designed for HR Managers, CEOs Senior Managers and Mid-Managers.
Transforming Organizational Culture for the 21st Century, 13-14 June 2013
This course targets CEOs, HR Managers, Board Members, Directors, other corporate leaders and OD consultants.
Appreciative Inquiry Skills for Corporate Strategists: Tools and Techniques, 20-21 June 2013
The course targets CEOs, Board Members and Managers of all sorts of organizations.
Managing Social Media for Public Relations and Marketing, 1-2 July 2013
The course targets Sales and Marketing Managers, PROs, Small Business Owners and Civil Society Activists.
Managing Workplace Learning and Staff Development, 4-5 July 2013
This course is especially designed for HR Managers, CEOs Senior Managers and Mid-Managers.
Team Building and Supervisory Leadership, 8-9 July 2013
This course is designed for managers, team leaders and supervisors at different levels in organizations.

Contact us

Mr Ambrose Kibuuka, CEO Human Capacity Development Consult and Co-ordinator VUU Academy for Corporate Learning
Virtual University of Uganda
425 Zzimwe (Church) Road – Muyenga Kampala
tel: (+256) 0312 202 137 mobile: 0752 648226
mail: corporateacademy@virtualuni.ac.ug
university website: http://www.virtualuni.ac.ug
academy website: http://corporateacademy.virtualuni.ac.ug