KAMPALA, UGANDA: Renown businessman and entrepreneur, Dr. Patrick Bitature, has been appointed the new Chancellor of Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU), the DailyExpress has learnt.
Bitature who joins the technology-based University on a period of four (4) years with effect from 17th September 2021 will take over from His Excellency Hon. Dr. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka, the Former Vice President of the Republic of Kenya who served as the founding Chancellor of UTAMU since June 2013.
“I, Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba, in my capacity as Chairman of the Board of Directors of UTAMU do introduce to the public Dr. Patrick Bitature as the 2nd Chancellor of Uganda Technology And Management University,” reads part of the press release dated September 20 on University website.
Baryamureeba thanked His Excellency Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka for successfully steering the University over the last 8 years into a centre of academic excellence. He (Baryamureeba) said Dr. Patrick Bitature brings with him immense knowledge and experience in business development, innovation, and governance of public and private sector institutions.
“He is a person that affirms faith in business i.e., professes business. He is indeed a practice professor of business. This business giant joins UTAMU, bringing with him an international perspective that will inspire and change the mindset of today’s graduates. He is the perfect fit for the position of Chancellor of a University such as UTAMU that focuses on producing graduates that are job creators instead of job seekers” Prof Baryamureeba said.
An astute businessman and entrepreneur, Dr. Patrick Bitature is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Simba Group of Companies, an East African conglomerate, with interests in telecoms, energy production, mining, media, real estate, travel, and leisure.
Bitature holds an honorary doctorate and is a graduate of the London School of Accountancy in the United Kingdom. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
The Chancellor is the titular head of a University and confers degrees, awards diplomas, certificates and other qualifications of the University in the name of the University. The Chancellor also promotes the image of the University and may from time to time give advice to the University Council which he considers necessary for the betterment and advancement of the University’s scientific, technological, cultural and social progress.
According to Baryamureeba, Dr. Patrick Bitature shall preside for the first time as Chancellor of UTAMU at the 6th Graduation Ceremony, which will take place on the 24th of September, 2021 in Kampala, Uganda.
Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU) is a private university that was accredited by the National Council for Higher Education in March 2013, offering academic programmes at all levels of the Higher Education System with opportunities for every individual interested in pursuing university education at Certificate, Bachelors, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters and Ph.D. levels in 3 intakes of January, May and September of every year.
Prof Baryamureeba says UTAMU is mindful of its strategic plan and the perspective of education in this 21st century that emphasizes nurturing scientists, technologists, and innovators who can transform and create new knowledge.
“UTAMU is grateful to His Excellency Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka for successfully steering the University over the last 8 years into a center of academic excellence. His contribution has been central to the progress and promise of driving UTAMU to national, regional, and international stature in the service of higher education. Amidst his busy schedule, he dedicated tremendous time and effort in ensuring that the University is regionally recognized, inclusive and acknowledged as an institution of uncompromising quality that meets the needs of today’s world.” he said.
“I congratulate the UTAMU fraternity at the national, regional and international levels, as we welcome and look forward to having Dr. Patrick Bitature as Chancellor of UTAMU.” Prof Baryamureeba stated.