The International Business Science and Technology (ISBAT) University, has pledged to maintain its teaching standards after being granted a charter by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), the regulator of higher education in Uganda.
NCHE uses accreditation as a tool for quality assurance in higher institutions of learning. It is a process through which institutions are assessed based on standards set at various stages as the institutions operate on the licence to offer higher education in the country.
Isbat which officially got the charter yesterday now joins other 11 chartered private universities in Uganda on top of the nine public universities. The other chartered private universities include; Kampala International University, Kampala University, Uganda Christian University and African Bible University among others.
According to the Executive Director of NCHE, Prof Mary Okwakol, accreditation covers aspects like; premises, staffing, educational facilities, governance, financial resources and physical facilities. In processing the applications for accreditation, the NCHE follows the provisions of the University and other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001, which empowers the Council to make regulations to ensure the provision of quality higher education.
“A charter is one of the accolades an institution should attain for provision of quality and competitive education services compared to what others institutions avail to students. The charter license will be renewed every after five years. I implore you to distinguish yourself from other teaching institutions, and offer distinguished education services,” she said.
“Uphold teaching standards and be steady fast to do what is required of you and observer all principals of good governance, improve on infrastructures, think strategically and lobby more resources for the thriving of the institution,” she said during the handing over of the charter document.
She called on the university to teach accredited programs using qualified staff and admit eligible students for training of competitive and qualified people. “Inappropriate treatment of students like sex for marks, under marking of students like it was in some institutions is intolerable,” she adding that every year, the university will be mandated to compile data to the NCHE for assessment.
The chairperson of NCHE, Prof. Elly Katunguka, who is also the vice chancellor of Kyambogo University, called on the Isbat University to invest in human resource and train its own staff to attain of PhDs.
“Work begins now to maintain the quality of education and change the way you do business. Providing poor quality education leads to unemployment,” he cautioned.
He then handed over the charter, charter certificate and the charter instrument signed by President Yoweri Museveni.
The Chancellor of the university, Fred Omach applauded NCHE, President Yoweri Museveni and the First Lady Janet Kataaha Museveni who doubles as the Minister of Education and Sports, for granting a charter status to Isbat University.
“Our education philosophy is good and suits all students in the region and world at large. We have students from over 26 countries and upon the attainment of this charter more will come on board to fulfill our dream of passing out well qualified and competitive candidates ready to take up jobs,” he said.