As jobs are being transformed by the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, there is an urgent need to re-engineer our educational system to deliver graduates that will thrive and add value in our fast-changing world. An honest conversation was had on this issue at the East-African Online Symposium organized by the Universities and Colleges Learning Center (UCLC) on September 3rd, 2020.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Finance and Administration (DVC-F&A) of Kampala International University (KIU), Assoc. Prof. Janice Busingye spoke at the symposium on the employability of graduates and the need for countries within the East African region to harmonize their educational policies.
Other notable speakers at the symposium are Dr. Vimal Shah CBS, Chairman Bidco Africa Limited Kenya; Prof. Faustine Karrani Bee, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Dodoma, Tanzania; Prof. Peter B. Kibas, Dean School of Business, Zetech University, Kenya. Also among the speakers are student representatives from East Africa, these include Mitchel Mukonyo Muoki from Egerton University Kenya and Mutware Kenny Kevin from the University of Lay Adventists, Kigali Rwanda.
According to Prof. Busingye, “Education should contribute to the needs of the society to maintain its relevance. The education we offer will determine the kind of graduates we want to see. We need to harmonize our efforts in East Africa to bridge the skill gap”
She also spoke about the role KIU is playing in bridging the skill gap in East Africa, “KIU Teaching Hospital is the only accredited medical school that offers Bachelor of Dental Surgery in Uganda”. The Teaching hospital also has one of the best medical facilities in East Africa and recently opened an ultra-modern School of Engineering Science. This is to enable the East African region to meet the required human capital needs.
As the leading private university in East Africa, the university operates two campuses in Kampala and Ishaka, both in Uganda and another university in Tanzania.