Vice Chancellor

PROFESSOR PAUL WAAKO

Busitema is Unique in that it is a multi-campus university created in the rural areas of the country unlike many Universities like Makerere and Kyambogo which are in the capital city. By Virtue of its location Busitema University has extremely high potential to impact on rural communities all over East Africa. The University is committed to making itself a leading centre of academic and professional excellence in the country.

We take pride in helping our students reach their goals and succeed in their careers by equipping them with knowledge and hands-on skills that make them functionally competitive, nationally and internationally. Our academic activities are enriched by meaningful community engagement and collaboration with other institutions, government and industry. We maintain strong industry links to ensure students gain vital experience while they learn, with courses carefully tailored to incorporate new and emerging industry trends and practices. All our undergraduate courses include some form of work – related learning, such as placement, on campus work experience, and projects. To ensure quality, all our academic programmes are accredited by the National Council for Higher Education. Each year a growing number of students who graduate from Busitema University, having been well prepared, go on to make impact in industry, in government and the public sector as well as in nongovernmental organizations.

In addition to academics, students have opportunities to develop new relationships, many of which will last a lifetime. Leadership capacity building is prioritized so as to prepare students to play leadership roles in society. Recreational activities are also promoted and we encourage all our students to participate in at least one of the very many cultural and sporting activities offered by the University.

Research efforts are being directed towards relevant knowledge production, efficient knowledge dissemination and innovation for sustainable development and enhancement of quality of life. In order to ensure effective and efficient transfer of knowledge, partnerships and networks are being formed with local communities, private sector, local and central governments, and non- governmental organizations. The University has a strong commitment to engage with the national agenda, and to build sustainable communities for future generations.

We are making conscious efforts to internationalize the University by establishing linkages between us and Universities all over the world. These linkages enable us exchange staff and students, undertake collaborative research, develop joint curricula and make the University develop world class standards. The University has also established links with professional networks, and the private sector. Our staff and students have opportunities to obtain international experience by attending international conferences as well as paying visits to other universities outside Uganda. I welcome more partnerships with the University in the creation of invaluable opportunities for information sharing, collaboration and intellectual interaction.
Making a choice of Busitema University for academic or professional pursuit, partnership, or a visit is an investment one will never regret. It is my greatest pleasure to welcome all.

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Profile

Professor Paul Waako is the second Vice Chancellor of Busitema University, a public University focusing on science and technology. Professor Waako is the Founder Dean, of the Faculty of Health Sciences. He has vast academic experience having held various positions at the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Makerere University, Uganda. In additional to obtaining a PhD in Clinical Pharmacology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, he was made a Senior Research Fellow at Queen Mary University, London and a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences. Professor Waako brings 24 years of professional experience to Busitema University.

He has previously served as consultant to several USAID-supported programs, member of the seven-man World Health Organization (WHO) – International Union of Basic and Clinical pharmacology (IUPHAR) joint task force for developing Clinical Pharmacology in Africa; Member of the task force for the establishment of Kabale University Medical School and has been Visiting Professor and External examiner at several Universities. He has also served on several national and international technical committees. These include the Pharmacovigilance, and the Traditional and Complementary Medicines committees of the National Drug Authority, The Uganda Medicines Control Authority Bill drafting committee, National task force for policy formulation on Traditional and Complementary Medicines, Ministry of Health taskforce for the development of a new Health Promotion Policy for Uganda and the East, Central and Southern African Health Community (ESCA) working group on Human resources for Health.

Professor Waako spearheaded the development of an innovative health training curriculum at Busitema University Faculty of Health Sciences. The training program provides for a vibrant Community Based Education Research and Service (COBERS) program with students undergoing community placement for four weeks each academic year for the first 3 years of training. With COBERS, a strong team of preceptors have been trained to support students and students gain skills in research proposal writing and linking theory to actual practice in the community.

Professor Waako is married to Engineer Ziria Tibalwa Waako – An Electrical Engineer and they are