NCHE Visitation to Nkumba UniversityHakim Mulinde
Nkumba University was visited by a delegation from the National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) on Friday, 26th September 2020. The delegation consisted of Mr. and Ms. The intention of their visit was to establish readiness of the university for the Open Distance and e-Learning (ODEL) mode of study.
Because of the current COVID19 pandemic, all forms of physical teaching were suspended in Uganda since March 2020. This was majorly to prevent and slow down the spread of coronavirus. As such, the next most viable (and safe) option would be to conduct online classes and assessments as wait we for more government directives.
The delegation met representatives from the University management including the Vice Chancellor Prof. Wilson Mande, Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Jude T. Lubega, University Secretary Assoc. Prof. Kasekende Francis, Academic Registrar Prof. Andrews P. Yiga, Dean of Social Sciences Dr. Anne Abaho, Director – School of Postgraduate Studies and Research Dr. Asiimwe Solomon, Dean of Students Kimuli Christopher, Director – Quality Assurance Mr. Francisi Ssengendo and the E-learning officer Mr. Joseph Lwevuze.
During the meeting, the university demonstrated the measures put in place to facilitate online learning such as the virtual learning environment (NUELE), digital learning content, SOPs (for instructors and other staff at the university premises) as well as all other preparations as required by the NCHE guidelines. They also visited various facilities at the university including the computer labs, TV and radio studio, library, E-learning office, server room and many more.
From the inspection, we were able to show that Nkumba university has well-equipped modern teaching and learning facilities capable of delivering quality online education. We also showed readiness to combat the spread of COVID19 into the university. Our security personnel were trained and sensitized about the coronavirus SOPs – in addition to being equipped with sanitizers, gloves, masks and temperature guns.