Kyambogo University recently hosted the National Multiplication Workshop 2022. The workshop attracted participants from over eight universities which among others included: Uganda Christian University, Makerere University Business School, Busitema University, Islamic University in Uganda, Kampala International University, Nkumba University, Lira University, Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Muni University and was hosted by Kyambogo University.
While addressing the participants at the workshop, Prof Maria Gorreti N. Musoke the Kyambogo University DVC AA, appreciated the initiators of the project stating that the outcomes are going to have a sustainable impact on higher education. She also appreciated the fact that the university has partners who have made this project possible. Academic staff that include: Assoc. Prof Joyce Ayikoru, Dr. Elizabeth Kyazike and Dr. Patrick Ojok have benefited from DAAD support. These are our ambassadors and we would like to have more benefit from this project. Uganda is diverse with refugees, international students, different cultures and so much more.
At the University level, we must discuss how to manage diversity. At Kyambogo we have the Special Needs Faculty, Disability Centre, access for the disabled, representatives for the disabled at the University Council with guides and interpreters, International Relations Office, Gender Office etc.
“People at Kyambogo are appointed on merit we don’t have affirmative action; people compete. Diversity shouldn’t exclude or make some people uncomfortable. It should respect differences because twins have differences”. Prof Maria added
Prof Christine Onyango, the DVC Academic, Research and Outreach at Taita Taveta University in Kenya, said that Leadership and Performance Management (PM) are mutually intertwined.
She also noted that leadership must be innovative, accommodative and inclusive and should be about change and the leader needs more than management skills to be successful, adding that leaving a legacy is an evaluation process of a person’s performance with reward/punishments as an outcome of it (self-assessment, peer assessment).
“More than that PM aims to align and improve the performance of an individual to meet the overall organizational goal. In order to measure, there must be objective tools and regular M&E for sustainability”. Prof Christine noted.