By Andrew Ssenyonga
This is the first time in Uganda that any top leader of a university pens a performance contract
Kyambogo University vice chancellor Prof. Eli Katunguka on Wednesday signed a five performance contract aimed at transforming the university into a truly international, research active institution with better qualified staff, adequate facilities and ICT infrastructure, producing high quality relevant and skilled graduates.
“On my part, there are targets that have been set for me to achieve over the next five years; on the part of the council, there are obligations to do with providing the necessary resources for me to achieve the set targets,” he said.
During the ceremony at the university, Katunguka also noted that the move would improve performance of the leadership of the university.
“So, today is a historic occasion in the life of this university when the vice chancellor, who is the top executive of the university, signs a performance contract with the chairman council,” he said.
He added that this will ensure that each leader contributes on the achievement of the overall vision of the university, which is to be the centre of academic and professional excellence.
“The signing of the contract today should send a signal to the staff that it is no longer business as usual,” he warned.
The university council chairman, Prof. John Okedi, disclosed that this is the first time in Uganda that any top leader of a university pens a performance contract with the council.
“In many government institution people have been awarded with permanent and pensionable contract but this one needs review of one’s performance every after a given period of time,” he explained.
Okedi said that Katunguka shall be responsible for the academic, administrative and financial affairs of the university.
“This is a huge task and it means that he is responsible for everything in the university including cleanliness, security, student affairs, roads, lighting, money among others,” he explained.
The University secretary, Charles Okello, noted that the contract is premised in line with the strategic plan of the university which is identified in five pillars.
“These include teaching and learning, research, innovation and knowledge generation, physical infrastructure, facilities and ICT development, institutional development (human resources, financial resource, and policies) and strategic marketing.