UMU installs 4th Vice Chancellor

UMU installs 4th Vice Chancellor

Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) on Thursday 17th March 2022, officially installed the 4th and newly appointed Vice Chancellor, Prof. Patrick Edrin Kyamanywa. The installation Ceremony was officiated by the University Chancellor, His Lordship Rt. Rev. Joseph Antony Zziwa at the Main Campus Nkozi. The event which also dubbed as the birthday and feast day of the new VC was graced by the new UMU Patron, His Grace Paul Ssemogerere, Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese.

The Chancellor, Rt. Rev. Joseph Antony Zziwa extended his warm welcome to Prof. Patrick Kyamanywa and assured him unwavering support from the Uganda Episcopal Conference and urged staff and students to cooperate with him as he takes on the mantle of steering UMU to the next level. “I wish you a fruitful Ministry at UMU and pray that with your leadership, the University will continue to grow from strength to strength,” he prayed. Bishop Zziwa also extended his appreciation to the outgoing Vice Chancellor, Rev. Prof. John Chrysostom Maviiri for his great contribution to Uganda Martyrs University as well as his predecessors, Prof. Charles Olweny and Prof. Michel Lejeune for building a strong firm foundation which has enabled UMU to win national and international recognition.

The Chairperson of UMU Governing Council, Rt. Rev. Sanctus Lino Wanok congratulated the University Management, Alumni, Staff and Students upon receiving such an experienced and learned fellow as the new Vice Chancellor and urged full support to his vision of making UMU a University of international repute. The Outgoing Vice Chancellor, Prof. John Chrysostom Maviiri appreciated the Uganda Episcopal Conference, Governing Council, Management, Alumni, Staff, Students and the neighboring community for the conducive working environment, teamwork and support that enabled him to work diligently. He requested that the same support be extended to his successor.

In his farewell remarks to the outgoing Vice Chancellor, the UMUSU President, Kisakye Cassious David, praised Prof. Maviiri for his humility that enabled him build close relationships with the staff and students. He highlighted Prof. Maviiri’s numerous achievements in academics, research and student activities among others that helped UMU withstand the challenges of COVID 19. “As you embark on your new journey, we shall continue to support and pray for you. Feel free to always come back, UMU doors will always be open to receive you because this is your home,”
he said.

In his inaugural speech as the new Vice Chancellor, Prof. Patrick Edrin Kyamanywa highlighted that his vision is to have UMU as a sustainable university of international repute and the preferred center for education, research and innovation, where students, faculty and staff are able to achieve their fullest potential to influence local, national and global development and social transformation. “Our education, training, research and community engagement shall aim at influencing social development and transformation, addressing the real needs of communities at local, regional and global levels,” he said. Prof. Kyamanywa added that for him to be able to achieve his dream, it will require a culture of quality and great customer experience, which can only be built on solid competence, confidence,
character and creativity. He therefore urged for full support from all UMU stakeholders to enable the University thrive sustainably. “My role as a team leader is going to be that of a catalyst in this process as we create the UMU
we all dream of so that when we are long gone, history will judge us favorably,” the new VC stressed.

The newly installed Vice Chancellor, Prof. Patrick Edrin Kyamanywa is a Professor of general Surgery, a global health expert and a medical educator. He had his medical training at Makerere University and has been an international scholar in the UK and Germany. He holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, University of Leeds UK; a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Leadership of Innovation and Change from York St. John University in England. He attended surgical training at Manheim Teaching Hospital of Heidelberg University in Germany. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the UK and the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSESCA) where he is examiner. Prof. Kyamanywa is a well published researcher with interest in Health Professionals’ Education and Global Health and serves as a reviewer for many professional medical and surgical scientific journals.

Prof. Kyamanywa is a transformative leader with a long experience in higher education leadership and transformation at national and international level. He is a former Deputy Vice Chancellor of Kampala International University’s Western Campus, acting Principal College of Medicine and Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, at the University of Rwanda. Prof. Kyamanywa began his higher education career at the Department of Surgery – Mbarara University of Science and Technology. He is a member of several academic and professional bodies and associations.

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