Prof. Geoffrey Rugege
Ugandan Universities are in Rwanda for a three-day exhibition aimed at wooing Rwandan students to the East African country.
The exhibition was organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat in partnership with Uganda Export Promotion Board.
The exhibition dubbed “Study in Uganda Universities Exhibition” is showcasing services of 12 private universities from Uganda which include Kabale University, Bugema University, Islamic University in Uganda, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, and Uganda Marty’s University Nkozi.
Others are Bishop Stuart University, Uganda Christian University, Kyambogo University, St. Lawrence University, Mountains of the Moon University, Kampala University and Gulu University.
Uganda Ministers of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Amelia Kyambadde, and Education and Sports Minister Jessica Alupo, led the.
At the opening of the exhibition on Thursday, The Executive Director of the National Council for Higher Education, Prof. Geoffrey Rugege, called on universities in the East African Community partner states to improve the quality of education.
“In order to promote the quality of education in higher institutions of learning among EAC partner states, there is a need to create a regulatory framework so that the marketable products of higher education are regulated in such a way that there are no unfair practices,” said Rugege.
He also decried the lack of a harmonised collaboration among universities and other higher institutions of learning in the community as a big problem to the quality.
According to Uganda’s Minister of Education and Sports, Jessica Alupo , Uganda is strongly committed to the continued cooperation with Rwanda through bilateral and multilateral frameworks.
She said that this so especially in the education sector. She said that through this, sustained collaboration aspirations and objectives of the two countries will be achieved.
Uganda has lately been a destination for education seekers from the region and beyond. A report by the Uganda National Council of Higher Education shows that 16,000 foreign students are currently studying at various higher institutions of learning in Uganda, while an estimated 40,000 foreign students study at the country’s secondary and primary education level.
For Rwanda in particular, 800 students are currently pursuing their studies at various Ugandan universities and other institutions of higher learning.