By Patrick Opio
Senior communications Officer
A Team from Kyambogo University staff headed by Dr Sr. Maria Goreti, visited Lira University to benchmark on best practices and skills in Quality Assurance management.
Lira University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Jasper Ogwal Okeng explained that the overarching objective of the Quality Assurance Directorate established is to oversee all the operations of the University. “This is to ensure that minimum internal and external quality standards are met by overseeing the processes of accreditation of new programs and courses, financial and administrative issues and procedures,” Prof. Ogwal Okeng asserts. The KYU Team visited Lira University on 9th May 2023.
The VC revealed that Lira University’s technical staff develops or reviews the quality assurance framework, plans, tools, and strategies for approval by the University Council or other relevant decision making organs of the University.
“With Quality Assurance Unit in place, Lira University doesn’t condone or relent on examinations cheating…any student or staff implicated in examinations malpractice is punished severely,” Prof. Ogwal Okeng warns.
The Vice Chancellor said that with the University’s QA Directorate in place, a QA Policy has already been passed by the Council for implementation by the technical staff.
He added that the Quality Assurance Committee of the Council advises and monitors quality assurance requirements for teaching, learning, research and community outreach programs.
Prof. Ogwal Okeng says that Quality Assurance Directorate, headed by Assoc. Prof. Edward Ojuka, provides technical and professional support to the various academic and administrative units in the implementation or enhancement of quality assurance systems within the University.
“Our QA Directorate is charged with the duty of planning, implementing and continually improving the quality management systems of the University in conformity with universally accepted standards,” the VC explains.
He added that Lira University Quality Assurance Team also evaluates quality assurance or inspection reports from all faculties and departments of the University including examinations contents, marking and awards and grading and finally communicates quality management targets, shortfalls, remedial measures, improved processes and procedures.
Kyambogo University’s QA Directorate Head, Dr. Sr. Maria Goretti expressed happiness with Lira University Management in handling QA issues. “Lira University is very organised in QA management. We shall copy what you are doing here to Kyambogo ….it is impressive and practicable,” Dr Sr. Goretti applauds.