Word from the Vice-Chancellor
Until 2005 when MMU was opened, the whole region of Central Western Uganda had lacked any form of University education with a focus on the identified needs of the communities. A large catchment area of MMU encompassing the districts of Bundibugyo, Kabarole, Kamwenge, Kibale, Kyenjonjo, Kasese, Kyegegwa and Ntoroko had lagged behind in higher education for too long. This year 2015, we celebrate one decade of MMU contributing towards closing those gaps. Through the strategic plan 2011-2021 (see chapter 2) we aim to exceed the NCHE requirements for the issuance of a charter.
The number of Alumni from MMU has continuously grown from 103 in 2008 to a total of 2,440 in 2014. Through the community bursary scheme we help the needy but intelligent members of the communities in Uganda. The bursaries are given through regional and Buganda Kingdoms, religious institutions, and regional local governments. In 2011/12 academic year alone, the university gave an impressive 815,478,000 shillings as community bursaries.
Furthermore, MMU Mgt is mindful of the quality of academic staff and programs on offer. We employ 222 people; 29 administrators, 124 academic staff and 69 support and technical staff. Currently 39 members of staff are undertaking further national and international studies at Ph.D (13), masters and postgraduate diploma (13) and other levels , e. g. professional courses.
This anniversary booklet demonstrates MMU’s high rate and level of sustained quality improvement and developments. MMU Mgt takes the opportunity to seek the support of the Government of Uganda (GoU) and all MMU supporters, donors, partners and friends to address the emerging challenges of the 2nd decade together, in particular infrastructure.
GoU has every opportunity to benefit by supporting an established and progressive community University in Central Western Uganda. We call upon the Rwenzori Districts to support our appeal. In addition, they should budget to ‘top-up’ the bursaries for some of their citizens as MMU-students. This healthy partnership will enhance quality education, research and community services for the social, economic and cultural development of the region and nation.
MMU mgt & staff are working tirelessly for ever new ‚Heights for Progress‘
Prof. Dr. John M. Kasenene
READ THROUGH OUR ANNIVERSARY BOOK
10 -years- MMU: (visions, struggles, achievements)
Anniversary Book Chapter 1
“Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come”
(Victor Hugo, French Author)
Mountains of the Moon University has travelled a decade into unknown lands, but with unwavering compass towards ‚heights for progress‘ for the youth of the Rwenzori region to access affordable and impactful education.
This chapter tells the story of MMU‘s journey along major achievements and milestones as well as through the eyes of those who conceived and ‚equipped‘ the journey between 2000 and 2005; and those who joined the travel party in 2004/2005 when MMU received its provisional license from Uganda‘s National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
Anniversary Book Chapter 2
MMU founders, leadership and staff
“Founders are important not because they are the only ones whose work has value, but rather because a great founder can bring out the best work from everybody at his company”
(Peter Thiel, PayPal founder, venture capitalist and book author)
There would be no MMU today if it was not for the people who founded it. They came up with the idea and nurtured and developed it into a concept. The founders invested a great deal of personal resources, in particular time, into mobilising resources, networks and partnerships for the concept to turn into an organization, registered under the (company) laws of Uganda and ultimately licensed by Uganda‘s National Council for Higher Education to operate as a university.
Founding means starting. It also means to lay the foundation. Therefore, this chapter presents the governance structure upon which MMU is founded, and the persons who have been providing leadership through it. The chapter also appreciates the people who work for and with MMU, then and now.
Anniversary Book Chapter 3
“The schools are the heart chamber of the university. The schools ensure relevance and quality of university teaching and determine the quality of the university ‚product‘, that is the graduate.”
(Prof. John. M. Kasenene, Vice-Chancellor MMU)
The selection and scope of a university‘s school reflect its strategy and positioning. MMU was founded with 4 academic departments which grew eventually into schools, a 5th school was added in 2011. MMU schools keep evolving as the university looks for a balance between the required staff capacity, equipment particularly for science subjects, and demand from potential students.
This chapter starts with a brief of the administrative departments that serve the back-office for MMU‘s schools.
The chapter then presents each of the five current schools of MMU: Agriculture and Environmental Sciences; Business and Management Studies including public administration and community development; Education (teachers‘ training); and Health Sciences including (since 2012) Nursing and Midwifery; and last but not least Informatics and Computing.
Anniversary Book Chapter 4
Partnerships for “Heights for Progress”
“Companies forge partnerships for many reasons, and partnerships are becoming a cornerstone of many business models. Companies create alliances to optimize their business models, reduce risk, or acquire resources.”
(Osterwalder/Pigneur, 2010, Business Model Generation – A handbook for visionaries, game changers and challengers, New Jersey (USA), Loc667)
Without partnerships, no organization can come to be, nor can it continue to perform for long. At the same time, the ability to attract partners is a strong quality measure of vision and mission, strategy and leadership of an organization.
MMU has attracted and incited many partners – academic institutions, development agencies, enterprises and others – to support it and to engage with it. This chapter displays their invaluable contributions.
MMU, through the reputation and perseverance of its leadership, has been able to attract many international partners. They contributed several billion of Ugandan Shillings to infrastructure development, equipment and professional and academic training at MMU. Without these partners, MMU would not have reached where it is today.