The Principal of the College of Business and Management Sciences, Prof. Eria Hisali, has called on public officers to ensure that the country gets value for money from government project. Prof. Hisali was speaking in Jinja during a training of public officers conducted by the Public Investment Management Centre of Excellence at CoBAMS. The officers are undertaking Basic Training in public investment management.
Prof. Hisali said the University was happy to provide the training in an effort to enhance the capacity of all public officers to prepare development projects and help them understand the cycle of PIM.
“We want you to be equipped with the tools to enable you prepare a good project that will meet the standard of government’s development projects,” he emphasized.
He said he hope that the course will enable public officers to align their projects with the operational frameworks of government. “You will learn what qualifies a project to be a development project or a recurrent project. Eg the chart of accounts, program implementation plan of NDPIII.”
The manager of the PIM Centre of Excellence, Dr. Willy Kagarura, said the centre was in 2016 tasked by the World Bank to develop capacity of all public officers. The centre has designed developed courses at 3 levels ie. Basic Training in PIM, Intermediate and Advanced level training.
“Today, we are conducting the first level, which should be undertaken by all public officers,” Dr. Kagarura said. The course, the Centre manager said emphasizes project preparation and covers project concept note writing, project profile, Integrated Bank of Projects (IBP) and feasibility studies.
One of the trainees, Ms. Apio Priscilla from Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited said the training has given her insight into PIM and also knowledge to improve presentation of project concepts and profiling.
The 4-day training, conducted in collaboration with MoFPED and National Planning Authority has drawn participants from different ministries and government agencies including URA, IGG, Mulago Hospital, NCHE, Diary Development Authority, National Population Council, Kabale University, UTB, MoFPED, Office of the President, UBOS, UEGCL and Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development among others.
Going forward, the centre will conduct the intermediate training in January 2023.
2nd Cohort: Training on Investment Appraisal & Risk Analysis starts
The Public Investment Management (PIM) Centre of Excellence, at the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS), on January 30, 2023 resumed training of its second cohort. The participants will undergo two-weeks training in Investment Appraisal and Risk Analysis in Jinja.
Speaking at the start of the training, Prof. Eria Hisali, the Principal of CoBAMS, appreciated the participants for taking off time to undertake the course. He also appreciated the government through the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MOFPED) for the continued financial support to the centre’s activities.
The government has given funding to the tune of UShs3.5 billion to the training centre to provide PIM capacity building to cover the whole government project management cycle.
Prof. Hisali informed the trainees, drawn from different government agencies, that the training will equip them with practical skills applicable to their jobs. “Many projects are being funded by development agencies and banks but many people don’t have the skills to manage these projects,” Prof. Hisali said.
This, the Principal said is the gap that the centre wants to bridge. The Center of Excellence will work closely with the MoFPED as well as other MDAs that handle Public Investments with the main goal of increasing Returns on Investments by maximizing efficiency as well as effectiveness in the whole project cycle through improved capacity building at all stages.
The training is conducted by trainers from Cambridge Resources International, MoFPED and Makerere University.
Prof. Bbaale hands over Deanship to Prof. Okumu
Prof. Edward Bbaale on January 16, 2023 handed over Deanship of the School of Economics to Prof. Ibrahim Okumu Mike. This follows Prof. Bbaale’s appointment as the Director of the Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT). The handover was witnessed by members of staff, the College Human Resources Officer, a representative from the Internal Audit Directorate and the Deputy Principal, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS).
While handing over, Prof. Bbaale thanked the members of staff for the support offered to him during his tenure of 8 years. He especially thanked the Heads of Department, the internship and examination coordinators for the support rendered to him. Over the last 8 years, the school has registered several achievements which include growth in enrollment, improvement in teaching and learning, research and publications as well as building partnerships and collaborations.
The school has since installed white boards in all classes to replace the traditional chalk boards. The school also procured some ICT equipment for its staff. The school successfully reviewed all its programs and also introduced two new graduate programs; MSc Investment and Economic Modelling and Msc. Development Economics. The school, as noted by the outgoing Dean has maintained a good culture of research and publications.
The outgoing Dean pointed out some challenges that need to be addressed. These include limited lecture and office space, limited finances, limited number of professors, the low propensity of staff to conduct graduate teaching, non-functional computer laboratories, increased examination malpractice among students and the low completion rates especially among graduate students. “Addressing these challenges requires concerted efforts from all of us academic, administrative and support staff,” Prof. Bbaale said.
In his acceptance speech, Prof. Okumu said he hopes to enhance the research output of the school. “The zeal to deliver is there,” he emphasized. He shared his plans for the school which included building international relationships in an effort to start international reviews of Masters and PhD thesis, improving web presence of all staff members, grow the numbers of collaborations and starting of a mentorship program for graduate students.
The Deputy Principal, Prof. Bruno Yawe, congratulated both professors upon their new appointments and wished them good service to the university. He pledged management’s support to the new Dean as well as Prof. Bbaale.
HEED-Africa: Call for Master’s, PhD, Staff & Visiting Scholars Mobility Scholarship Applications 2023
Harmonization of Entrepreneurship Education for Sustainable Development of Africa (HEED-Africa) project is made up of a consortium of partner universities from Africa and Europe. The consortium comprises of Addis Ababa University, Coordinating Institution (Ethiopia), the University of Ghana (Ghana), Milpark Education (South Africa), Makerere University (Uganda), Kyambogo University (Uganda) and the University of Wolverhampton (United Kingdom).
HEED-Africa strives to foster the development of student and staff academic exchange through a systematic academic mobility flows framework in joint study, researches, academic activities, and mobility agreements across five regional higher education institutions.
The main objective of HEED-Africa is to develop and implement harmonized knowledge ecosystems in entrepreneurship through embedding. It also aims to create the learning conditions to increase the ability of graduates to become job creators rather than job seekers administrative staff.
HEED-Africa calls for outstanding students from African universities to apply for Academic Mobility Scholarship-2023 in different Master’s Degree and PhD Programme fields of study as well as academic and administrative staff to apply and join one of the five African universities for a short-term Visiting Scholars Academic Mobility.
HEED-Africa will offer a total of 35, 27 and 9 Scholarships for Master’s, PhD and Visiting Scholars respectively.
Applications Deadline is 30th January, 2023, and online applications will be closed at 14.00 GMT.
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