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KIU's Vice Chancellor Urges the Private Sector to Partner with Higher Learning Institutions


The Uganda Export Promotion Board (UEPB), a public Trade Support Institution established to coordinate the development and promotion of Uganda’s exports, on Wednesday 22nd January 2020, organized the 5th Edition of the Export Week under the Theme: "Unlocking Uganda's Export potential". The event was held at Protea Hotel by Marriott Naguru Skyz. 

The Export week is an annual 5-day public awareness and sensitization campaign involving multi-stakeholder discussion and interaction on the subject of exporting and Uganda's socio-economic development. Among the activities of this Export Week was the 4th Annual Exporters Conference. 

The conference brought together exporters, service providers, value chain actors, Government ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to discuss issues influencing the export sector. The information and views gathered were meant to inform future export work plans of MDAs that contribute to export development promotion. 

The Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Mouhamad Mpezamihigo was among the panel which discussed the “The Future of Service Exports for Uganda”

According to the Vice-Chancellor, Education is at the core of all services as he highlighted great success by Kampala International University in internationalizing Uganda Higher Education. 

"The university, a higher education institution, must always be the central key player," he said, "Therefore, we are producing for national, regional, and international needs."

Dr. Mpezamihigo further emphasized the need for Education as a Service (EaaS) is in the fact that many students do not get to achieve it regardless of their qualifications. 

"Only 35% of the students who qualify to go to the university actually get into the university system. This means we must find ways to solicit education outside the country," he explained. 

He proposed a partnership between the private sector and higher education institutions and for research and other training opportunities, so as to attract big investments.