Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) has embarked yet on a new journey after welcoming officially the 4th and newly appointed Vice Chancellor, Prof. Patrick Edrin Kyamanywa.
The handover ceremony which began with a Holy Sacrifice of Mass took place today 7th December 2021, at the Main Campus Nkozi.
The new Vice Chancellor, who reported in office on 1st December, 2021 has taken over from the Acting Vice Chancellor Rev. Dr. Christopher B. Mukidi who has been occupying this office since July 2021.
In his remarks, Prof. Kyamanywa elaborated that his vision and leadership philosophy will be to see UMU become a preferred centre of education, research and innovation with full potential of students, faculty and staff working together to influence local, national and global discourse.
He challenged all stakeholders from staff, students and Alumni to be good ambassadors by telling the good story of UMU wherever they go.
He was happy to note that Uganda Martyrs University is one of the oldest private Universities in Uganda and ranked among the best Universities in Uganda and beyond but noted that a lot needs to be done in improving UMU’s visibility.
“Let us take UMU to the World and bring the World to UMU. This can be done through aggressive and liberal pursuit of innovation, creativity, change management in our programs and processes,” he noted.
In his handover remarks, the Outgoing Acting Vice Chancellor, Rev. Dr. Christopher B. Mukidi who also led the Eucharistic celebration, gave an elaborative report of UMU’s achievements, challenges and pending issues and pledged full support to the new VC.
He expressed hope that if staff, students, Alumni and the wider UMU community work together, the University will become stronger and a better place to be.
“Let me pledge my full support to you as the 4th VC of UMU. With God on our side, I am more than confident that UMU will shine,” he said.
The Vice Chairperson of UMU Governing Council, Prof. Vincent Bagire also pledged Council support to the new VC but challenged management and staff to build on past achievements by upgrading our operating system through continuous learning, commitment to the UMU philosophy, accountability, timely reporting among other values.
The event was witnessed by members of Management, staff, students and Alumni who assured full support in ensuring that the new VC achieves his vision of taking UMU to greater heights.
Prof. Patrick Edrin Kyamanywa is a Professor of Surgery, a seasoned University leader, healthcare provider and researcher. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Leadership of Innovation and Change from York St. John University in England; a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, University of Leeds UK; a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom and a founding Fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSESCA).
He attained a Master of Medicine (MMed.) in General Surgery of Makerere University; a Diploma in Business Administration and Human Resources Management (HRM) (*with distinction) in the College of Professional Management New Jersey, UK; a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) of Makerere University.
He is the former Deputy Vice Chancellor of Kampala International University Western Campus where he rose through the academic ranks of Full Professor of Surgery, Dean and Executive Director.
He has also worked as Vice Dean, Dean, Full Professor of Surgery and Acting Principal in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Rwanda.
He is an Honorary Member German ENT Surgeons’ Association and Clinical Professor of Surgery Tulane University School of Medicine New Orleans, USA among other accomplishments.