UMU ranked high on institutional performanceEmmanuel Mwebesa
Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) has been appreciated for supporting knowledge-driven
economic growth strategies like training of qualified and adaptable labor force, generating new
knowledge; providing the capacity to access existing stores of global knowledge, disseminate it,
and adapt it to local use.
This follows a benchmarking exercise supported by the World Bank in collaboration with the
Graduate School of Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, as part of the
Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) Regional
Initiative. The team of experts developed a set of key indicators and invited Universities hosting
the Word Bank-funded Centres of Excellence in Africa to participate in the study. It is against
this background that Uganda Martyrs University, the host to the African Centre of Excellence in
Agro-ecology and Livelihood Systems (ACALISE), participated in this study with the support
and leadership of ACALISE between March and April 2021.
While presenting the findings on Friday 11 th February 2022 at the Main Campus Nkozi, Eng.
Anke Weisheit, the lead consultant said this benchmarking exercise helps higher education
institutions and national governments to assess and improve their performance. According to the
final report of the World Bank, UMU had 100% data on Institutional Performance and 97% on
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Patrick Edrin Kyamanywa thanked the lead consultant, Eng. Anke
Weisheit for sharing the findings with the University adding that the report was timely given the
fact that he is still new and needed a clear situation analysis of the University. He called upon
Management and staff to ensure that they measure up to the quality that the founding members of
the University envisioned by employing the four Cs of: competence, confidence, character and
The Vice Chancellor Emeritus, Rev. Prof. John Chrysostom Maviiri appreciated UMU
Management and staff for the willingness exhibited in sharing of information that was vital for
the success of this exercise. He also thanked ACALISE for bringing UMU to the limelight and
the team’s dedication to the project.
The Head of ACALISE, Dr. Jude Ssebuwufu explained that the purpose of the PASET
Evaluation meeting was to bring together University Management and the teams/individuals that
carried out the exercise on behalf of UMU to share some key findings, lessons learnt, and to get
recommendations for a way forward. He appreciated all members who participated for their
indispensable contributions to the exercise.
After the sharing of findings, UMU Management, Staff, and Students were presented with
certificates and other gifts as a token of appreciation for their immense contribution to this