Random Thoughts

Random Thoughts

UGANDA MARTYRS UNIVERSITY

Some corrective after-thought, not so random! A few days ago I was reading a blog, Jacana Days, from my “Irish colleague” on her experience in Nkozi. Well I must say the picture was pretty grim and one wonders how she managed to stick it out there. I must admit that there was a lot of […]

UGANDA MARTYRS UNIVERSITY

Part 6 University Library and Farm In my previous blog I mentioned the university library and the university farm. It was a challenge to put up a library worth the name of university library. In fact, one cannot talk of a university if it does not have a top rated library put at the disposal […]

UGANDA MARTYRS UNIVERSITY

Part 5 Setting up Faculties and Institutes So there we were: Uganda Martyrs University was up and running. All things were progressing smoothly, and we were creating a good routine which we hoped would be helpful for the development of the university. Infrastructure and rehabilitation works continued, and during the first academic year some interested […]

UGANDA MARTYRS UNIVERSITY

Part 4. The First academic year We were all set up by the end of August and had just a few remaining things to put in place. The Registrar, Bernard, was finalizing paperwork for the first students and I had had some Senate meetings to discuss academic matters.The first official start of the first academic […]

UGANDA MARTYRS UNIVERSITY

Part 3 Arrival of the containers In no time we had reached the end of June and already repair works were in full swing at the campus. Three halls of residence were cleaned, and water and electricity checked and repaired. There is no need to tell you the condition in which we found this infrastructure […]

UGANDA MARTYRS UNIVERSITY

Part 3. Arrival of the containers In no time we had reached the end of June and already repair works were in full swing at the campus. Three halls of residence were cleaned, and water and electricity checked and repaired. There is no need to tell you the condition in which we found this infrastructure […]

UGANDA MARTYRS UNIVERSITY

PART 2. Departure and arrival So on June 1 1993, I was at Brussels Airport with my suitcases and some of my siblings who had come to say goodbye and good luck. I was in a great mood as I was going back to a land I loved and starting a new project: Uganda Martyrs […]

Uganda Martyrs University

Part 1 Preparations So there I was, appointed to set up a university in the heart of Africa. Sometimes you wonder why you are asked to do certain things, but do not think too long because you may not do anything! My first plan was to complete my current assignments, university teaching until March 1993 […]

EXILE

In 1982 I had been “kindly” requested to leave Uganda. So on 11 August 1982 I found myself onboard a Sabena flight to Brussels, and I arrived there in the late hours of the day. The reception was low key, no flowers nor red carpet! I explained in simple words what had happened and everyone […]

GGABA NATIONAL SEMINARY

In 1975, after eights months in Europe for some leave interspersed with a six-month stint at Oxford University where I followed a course on medical ethics, I returned to Uganda to take up a new post at Ggaba National Seminary. The rector of the place came to Mushanga to pick me up with all my […]

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