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Nkumba University Seeks Clearance to Roll Out Diploma Programs in Nursing

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Authorities at Nkumba University yesterday, 14th February 2024 engaged a team from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), in a move to seek clearance for rolling out a Diploma in Nursing and a Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery.

According to the Academic Registrar, the University has pooled resources to build and supplement its Nursing programs with Diplomas given the growing demand.

“Because we offer certificates in both programs, there have been calls from our former students and others to upgrade to Diplomas and this is why we are engaging the regulatory body to ascertain our capacity. ” Said Dr. Kiyingi.

L-R: Prof. Francis Kasekende University Secretary, Mr. Francis Ssengedo, the Quality Assurance Director, Dr. Alex Barakagira, the Dean School of Science and Dr. Frank Pio Kiyingi, the Academic Registrar, during one of the sessions

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) delegation spent a better part of the day assessing the University’s capacity to run both programs at Diploma Level.

According to the University management, the two new programs have been keenly structured to meet the growing demand for qualified nurses and midwives in the country.

The Nkumba University Quality Assurance Officer, Madam Namwanje Rosette said, “As an institution, we have all that is required to start, but the regulatory body, National For Higher Education has the final say and this inspection is key in ensuring that we operate within the requisite guidelines.”

“program eligibility entirely depends on whether we meet the standards.” She added

The assessment involved inspecting the teaching and learning facilities, verifying staff capacity and qualifications, plus corroborating course curriculum and standards.

Nursing Simulation ward was one of the facilities inspected

The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) is a semi-autonomous government agency that regulates higher education in Uganda.

It is mandated under the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act of Parliament (UOTIA, 2001) to guide on the establishment and accreditation of public and private institutions of higher education, set and coordinate national standards for admission of students to the different institutions of higher education, and ensure compliance.

NCHE Team during the inspection of the Nursing Library.

Nkumba University is now awaiting the inspection report before initiating the advertisement of the two Diploma programs that will see the institution skill healthcare professionals while adhering to national educational standards.

NU Management pause for a photo together with the delegation from NCHE
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Simon Peter Nashonji
Simon Peter Nashonji
Nashonji Simon Peter is a dynamic and multi-faceted team leader, renowned for his exceptional interpersonal skills. Having graduated with a Diploma in Journalism, Nashonji is on the cusp of completing his Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Public Relations at Nkumba University. He picked his niche and started writing with Chimp Reports in 2018. Since then, he has authored and published over 500 articles that cover Business trends, Politics, Health, Sports, and Environment. To master his craft, Nashonji offered to volunteer as an Editor of Nkumba University's News Website in 2022, a position he has held to date. On 1st July 2023, He joined the Editorial team of Ubuntu’ Magazine, a Rotary District 9214 (Uganda and Tazania) Monthly News product. Beyond the realm of academia, Nashonji is deeply involved in the governance of Airforce Senior Secondary School his Alma Mata, where he serves as a member on the Board of Directors. He is currently, the President Airforce S.S.S Alumni Society, President Samia Student's Association of Nkumba University and at the same time President of the Media Challenge Fellowship, 2023 cohort. "Opportunities multiply as they are seized and only dwindle when neglected."


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