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Foreword by Dr Alex M. Kagume the acting executive director of the National Council for Higher Education
The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) is a semi-autonomous agency of the Ministry of Education and Sports established by an Act of Parliament, the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act of 2001. It is meant to regulate and guide the establishment and management of institutions of higher learning, equate qualifications and advise the Government on higher education issues.
It is the mandate of the NCHE to disseminate information relating to the different institutions of higher education for the benefit of the people to create public awareness on higher education issues. We have shared our information with New Vision and it is being used in this Guide to help you have a credible source. It is important that you pay keen attention to what is being published to avoid being duped by individual and some unscrupulous institutions.
The information we have provided to New Vision covers only accredited institutions and programmes, which are recognised by us, as the NCHE. This University Guide by New Vision, therefore, gives you a wide range of institutions accredited by the NCHE and their categorisation for you to be able to know and differentiate the available categories. We have in this country, public and private institutions as universities, other degree-awarding institutions and tertiary institutions, from which one can make a choice for higher learning.
The University Guide is timely to guide students, parents and lecturers who are making choices for higher education studies. The public and all higher education stakeholders should take a keen interest in this guide, since it provides comprehensive information on so many issues related to higher education.
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Is your university cleared by NCHE?
Stanford, Busoga and Fairland universities are some of the institutions whose licences of operation were revoked after failing to abide by the University and other Tertiary Institutions Act (2001), according documents from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). The number of universities and tertiary institutions registering in Uganda is increasing almost every year. So, it is through the law that the NCHE is empowered to make regulations and ensure that the provision of higher education, is of good quality. Saul Waigolo, the NCHE public relations officer says parents and students need to avoid being duped. “They need to look at the published list of authentic institutions, which have been accredited.”
What it takes to operate a university
The NCHE set guidelines on the minimum requirements and standards for proprietors to focus on, before operating a university. Waigolo says all new entrants need to confirm the status of their universities before they are enrolled. “Check if it has a letter of interim authority, provisional licence or chartered.”
Letter of Interim authority
According to Waigolo, the letter is only valid for three years and during this period, a university is regarded as a project; a wording that is supposed to be included on whichever name the university plans to use, during that time.
“The word ‘project’ is an emphasis that in the three years, one is mobilising resources, putting up infrastructure and recruiting staff.” He says, at the end of the given period, one has a right to ask for more time in case they are not yet ready. Depending on how prepared one is the next step is applying for a provisional licence.