Virtual University of Uganda

Introduction
The Virtual University of Uganda is fully licenced by the Uganda National Council for Higher Education. As the first online university in the region, we are proud to be part of the technological revolution in tertiary education.

We aim to bring premier learning resources to professionals in the fields of public health and international development who wish to obtain a postgraduate qualification without having to take time off work or travel to an outside country. Our staff are experienced academics who are recruited locally, regionally, and internationally. VUU programmes are accessed through our dedicated learning platform (Moodle) hosted by UP Learning in The Netherlands. Our vast Open Access Digital Library is available to staff, students, and the general public 24/7.

We are working with Mbarara University of Science and Technology to deliver a world-class ICT for Development programme fully online, and University of Africa to make our online business administration programme available in Zambia and Southern Africa.

As a private-not-for-profit institution, the mission of the Virtual University of Uganda is to achieve excellence in tertiary education provision through providing quality programmes of the highest standards to students who will contribute to positive development in society.

The aim of the university is three-fold:

First: VUU strives to become the leading provider of quality online education for students who can learn (while they earn) at their own pace and in their own place, and who will, through receiving tertiary education of the highest quality, become instruments of positive change in their workplaces and in society, thereby contributing to development.

Second: the university is committed tol help build capacity in Uganda's traditional universities by sharing knowledge and providing support to academic and IT Departments to digitize existing print-based distance-learning materials and to set up new online programmes.

Third: the VUU aims to become a hub for online education in the East and Central Africa region. To this end, the VUU programmes will be offered initially in English and later in French.

The major objective of the university is to train professionals who can contribute meaningfully to the positive development of their country in the sectors that are, and will be, vital not only to Uganda but also to the region, in the coming decades. Thus, the Virtual University of Uganda will bring tertiary education of the highest international standards to Uganda in order to prepare the coming generation, who are tomorrow's leaders, to participate fully and meaningfully in the country's development.

Programmes Overview

Our postgraduate programmes blend cutting-edge theoretical knowledge and practical training so that graduates are well equipped to contribute to their fields nationally, regionally, and globally.

All VUU programmes are delivered via an e-learning platform and are entirely online. This means that all learning materials are accessed online (using Moodle), including live classes, tutorials, and discussion forums; exams are also done online at the end of each course. Apply online today and take the Admission Test soon!

Additional information
The PG Diplomas take two calendar years to complete. The Master's programmes are thirty (30) month programmes: two calendar years for courses and a further six months to submit a dissertation. In order to qualify for admission to the Master's dissertation, applicants need to have completed the requisite courses leading to a postgraduate diploma with a GPA of 3.0 or above. Qualified candidates may proceed to the Master's dissertation which will be supervised by a recognised regional or international expert in the field of study chosen.

Our Library

Our Open Access Library is a vast collection of up-to-date resources that support both student learning and staff research. It is free and open to the general public.

Corporate Academy

Our Corporate Academy website offers information about our Continuous Professional Development courses and training sessions and our IT workshops and courses.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programmes

This school also offers:

MSc

MSc in ICT for Development (online)

Online Part time 30  August 2017 Uganda Kampala

The university offers this postgraduate diploma/ degree programme (which is fully accreditated by the NCHE) in ICTs for Development for those already working in the development sector who wish to upgrade their ICT skills, ICT managers who wish to update their skills and knowledge in development, or fresh graduates on academic track. [+]

The university offers this postgraduate diploma/ degree programme (which is fully accreditated by the NCHE) in ICTs for Development for those already working in the development sector who wish to upgrade their ICT skills, ICT managers who wish to update their skills and knowledge in development, or fresh graduates on academic track. ICTs have roles to play in many areas: democracy, banking, retailing, education, marketing, gender, business, public health, human rights, environment, governance, agriculture, the media, and health. Innovative solutions to some development problems are emerging at a very fast rate. The main purpose of this programme is to train innovative ICT leaders with a thorough knowledge of the theories and methods of ICTs for development who will think outside the box to maximize the use of ICTs in particular contexts. Programme courses YPGDID 101 World Development Today PGDICT 101 Introduction to ICT4D PGDICT 102 Hardware and Networking for Development PGDID 103 Development Projects PGDICT 103 Software and Databases for Development PGDICT 104 New Internet-Based Paradigms: Moving to the Cloud PGDICT 105 Information Systems Design and Implementation PGDICT 106 ICT Policy and Regulation PGDVUU 101 Research Methodology PGDVUU 102 Ethics and Integrity - Dissertation (MSc) All these courses may also be taken as stand-alone courses as part of our Continuous Professional Development programme. Admission criteria All prospective students must meet the admission criteria as set for each programme of study in the University. The University shall follow the admission criteria as set by the National Council of Higher Education. All completed application forms should be sent to the University Secretary at the Virtual University of Uganda. For entry to the postgraduate diploma in ICTs for Development, applicants should possess a good second-class degree from a recognized institution and achieved a pass mark in the Graduate Admission Test. Ideally, applicants should have some job-related experience in their field of study. All students should have an adequate knowledge of computers and access to a reliable Internet connection, preferably owning a laptop and an Internet USB dongle. All students must have registered initially by the date stipulated in the university calendar. In order to access course materials online, students must pay the full fee for the course on the date specified. All fees are to be paid directly to the University's bank account. Bank slips or bank drafts will be acknowledged when registering for each module in a programme. [-]

MA

MA in International Development (online)

Online Part time 30  August 2017 Uganda Kampala

The university offers this postgraduate diploma/degree programme in International Development for those already working in the development sector, those who wish to specialize in development studies coming from a different undergraduate specialization, those national or expatriate employees of NGOs, embassies, and / ordevelopment organizations who wish to gain a qualification in International Development, or fresh graduates on academic track. [+]

The university offers this postgraduate diploma/degree programme in International Development for those already working in the development sector, those who wish to specialize in development studies coming from a different undergraduate specialization, those national or expatriate employees of NGOs, embassies, and / ordevelopment organizations who wish to gain a qualification in International Development, or fresh graduates on academic track. The broad aim of the programme is to provide professionals with a thorough knowledge of the theories and methods of development, as well as skills in managing development in a sustainable fashion, so as to make a lasting and tangible contribution to the global standards set by the Millennium Goals Initiative. Programme courses PGDID 101 World Development Today PGDICT 101 Introduction to ICT4D PGDID 102 Development Discourse PGDID 103 Development Projects PGDID 104 International Human Rights PGDID 105 International Relations, Intervention, and Aid PGDID 106 Gender, Women, and Development PGDID 107 Environment and Sustainable Development PGDVUU 101 Research Methodology Your text here... PGDVUU 102 Ethics and Integrity - Dissertation (MA) All these courses may also be taken as stand-alone courses as part of our Continuous Professional Development programme. Admission criteria All prospective students must meet the admission criteria as set for each programme of study in the University. The University shall follow the admission criteria as set by the National Council of Higher Education. All completed application forms should be sent to the University Secretary at the Virtual University of Uganda. For entry to the postgraduate diploma in International Development, applicants should possess a good second-class degree from a recognized institution and achieved a pass mark in the Graduate Admission Test. Ideally, applicants should have some job-related experience in their field of study. All students should have an adequate knowledge of computers and access to a reliable Internet connection, preferably owning a laptop and an Internet USB dongle. All students must have registered initially by the date stipulated in the university calendar. In order to access course materials online, students must pay the full fee for the course on the date specified. All fees are to be paid directly to the University's bank account. Bank slips or bank drafts will be acknowledged when registering for each module in a programme. [-]