About Prof. Baryamureeba

Education & Career

Professor Venansius Baryamureeba is a Professor of Computer Science and holds a B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Computer Science among other qualifications. He began his working career at Makerere University where he served as Director and Dean. As Director and Dean he spearheaded the transformation of the small Institute of Computer Science and the Faculty of Computing and IT and by 2009 it was the largest computing faculty in the world. As Vice Chancellor of Makerere University he transformed the University into a collegiate University with large federated colleges. In the three years he was Vice Chancellor, Makerere University experienced tremendous reforms and transformations and was ranked the 4th best University in Africa for the first time in its history.

In September 2012 Prof. Baryamureeba became the founding Vice Chancellor of Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU). In just a space of less than three years, UTAMU is a household name in Uganda and the University is building regional and international partnerships. He is one of the proprietors of UTAMU.

Professor Baryamureeba is also currently the Chairperson of Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Innovation Council; Chairperson of Uganda Vice Chancellors Forum; Chairperson of Makerere University Business School Council; Chairperson of Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board; a member of Senate for both Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Busitema University and a member of the Presidential Investors Round Table – a business advisory council to the President of the Republic of Uganda among others. He previously served as the Chairperson of the Research and Education Network of Uganda (2009-2014); the Chairperson of the Inter-University Council of East Africa (2009-2010), a body that brings together all universities in the East African Community; and a member of the National Council for Higher Education (2009-2012), a body that regulates and oversees higher education in Uganda.

He is the founding Chairman and Managing Director of ICT Consults Ltd (www.ict.co.ug), a reputable ICT consultancy firm on the African continent and he has distinguished himself a consultant both in ICT and Higher Education.

Awards & Recognitions

Professor Baryamureeba is a recipient of several awards, which include among others:

  1. On Friday 3rd October 2014, The African Society for ICT (ASICT) presented a lifetime achievement award in ICT Research and Education to Professor Venansius Baryamureeba in recognition of his immense contribution to the African continent in the ICT sector in the areas of research and education.
  2. Golden Jubilee Medal, the highest civilian medal of the Republic of Uganda. On the 51st Independence celebrations that were held in Rukungiri District on 9th October 2013, HE the President of the Republic of Uganda presented him with the Golden Jubilee Medal.
  3. Amity Global Academic Excellence Award. In February 2012, he was awarded the "Amity Global Academic Excellence Award" during the Amity International Business School International Business Summit, 22nd-24th February 2012 at Amity Campus, Sector - 125, Noida, India.
  4. Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education. On 14th December 2011, he won the Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education at the Africa-India Partnership Summit Le Matinal Educational Excellence Awards 2011 held in Mauritius.
  5. TWAS-ROSSA Prize. On 20th October 2009, he won the 2009 TWAS-ROSSA Prize for Building Scientific Institutions for the African Region.
  6. Most Influential ICT Personality in Uganda. In August 2009, Professor Baryamureeba won the award of ‘Most Influential ICT Personality in Uganda’ at an awards ceremony organized by ICT Creative Ltd.
  7. Top ICT Academic Award In Africa. In 2007 I received the ‘Top ICT Educator/ Academic’ Award in Africa for 2007 at an awards ceremony that was held in South Africa.
  8. Professor Baryamureeba was presented with the Award of Recognition in appreciation of his dedicated service and exemplary contribution to the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE), July 2012. NCHE is the body that regulates higher education in Uganda.
  9. In July 2009, Professor Baryamureeba won the International Educator of the Year 2009 Award from International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England.
  10. In May 2009, Professor Baryamureeba was included in the ‘TOP 100 Professionals-2009’ by the International Biographical Centre in recognition of his significant contribution in the area of ICT to engender influence on the local, national and international scene. As a bearer of Top 100 Professionals 2009, he has been recorded in perpetuity in the halls of the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England.
  11. In April 2009, Professor Baryamureeba was included in the ‘2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century’ by the International Biographical Centre.
  12. In November 2008 Professor Baryamureeba was included in the 2009 Edition of “Who's Who in the World”. Distributed globally, Marquis' Who's Who in the World is relied upon by business leaders, journalists, academics, and other professionals for its accuracy and currency of information.

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Politics

My childhood was quite eventful and is still very memorable to me. I can vividly remember the humble family that gave me the solid foundation I boast of today. My father, Pius Kabukure, got a very limited chance at education, when he stopped in Primary two. My mother, Florence Bitwakakye, got no chance at education at all.

In 1940, Pius dropped out of school to voluntarily join a group of young people who were being recruited to fight in the Second World War. Once the war ended, he returned to Uganda in Kagongo, Ibanda but felt too old to re-enroll back into school. Even with a limited education, my father Pius was a jerk of all trades. I remember different people came home to consult him on business, politics and legal matters. Together with his friends, dad enjoyed spirited, sometimes heated discussions about politics and current issues. In fact, when his friends came by our home, I enjoyed following their discussions, mostly about politics and sports. Most evenings after school, he sat with my siblings and I and talked to us about politics, issues that trended in the news and business.

As they say like father like son. I have also grown up to like politics, business and education. In 2000 just after I had graduated from the University of Bergen in Norway, I campaigned and contested to become the Member of Parliament for the Ibanda South Constituency, Uganda. In 2003, the government of Uganda opened up political space and allowed political parties to operate. I immediately spearheaded the starting of the National Progressive Movement (NPM) and on April 7, 2004, NPM was duly registered as the 2nd Political party in Uganda after the National Resistance Movement-Organisation (NRM-O). I was the Founding President of NPM. In 2006, NPM change name to Peoples’ Progressive Party (PPP) and I hold registration number 0000001 in PPP as a life party member. However, from 2006 the government started implementing the code of conduct and ethics for Uganda Public Service, 2005 which barred public servants from participating in politics. I left public service in 2012 and I am fully engaged in the national politics of my country. I am now running for President of Uganda, which I am assured of winning with a huge margin.