Who is Baryamureeba?
Venansius Baryamureeba (a.k.a Prof. Barya) is a Professor of Computer Science and Chancellor of Ibanda University. Besides this, he also serves as: Chairperson, Makerere University Business School Council; Chairperson, Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board; Chairperson, Board of Trustees/ Directors of Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU); Chairperson, St. Augustine International University Council; and Chairperson, Busitema University Appointments Board among many other high profile roles.
Previously, Prof. Baryamureeba served as Vice Chancellor of Makerere University after growing through the ranks from Teaching Assistant to Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Director, Dean, Professor and Finally Vice Chancellor in less than 10 years. After leaving Makerere University, he served as Founding Vice Chancellor of Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU).
He also served as Chairperson, COMESA Innovations Council; Chairperson, Uganda Vice Chancellor’s Forum; Chairperson, Inter University Council of East Africa (IUCEA); and Chairperson, Research and Education Network of Uganda (RENU).
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Professor Venansius Baryamureeba was born on May, 18, 1969 in Ibanda, Western Uganda to Florence Bitwakakye and Pius Kabukure, a former second world-war fighter who later turned into a businessman. Learning from his mother’s religious lifestyle and his ever knowledgeable and smart father’s business acumen, Barya, as he is often called, grew up to have a passion for mathematics, business, politics and God.
Prof. Barya is now married to Jennifer Angeyo and they are blessed with two daughters Daniella Kobugabe and Zephyr Katusiime Kabakama
As a young boy, Baryamureeba attended primary school at Buryansungwe Primary School in Kabarole district where he later emerged the best student in the district before joining St. Leos Kyegobe (SLEK) in the same district for his secondary education. Throughout his time at SLEK, he maintained excellent scores and was always at the top of his class. He completed his A’levels at SLEK and joined Makerere University in 1991 where he pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. In 1994 after graduation, Baryamureeba was retained at Makerere University as a tutorial assistant at the Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics where he taught mathematics. It was a policy in Makerere to retain the best students as tutors.
Baryamureeba used this opportunity not only to work but further his studies. Today he also holds a Master of Science in Mathematics (Coursework) from Makerere; a Master of Science in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bergen in Norway among other qualifications.
From his role as a tutor at Makerere University in 1994, Baryamureeba grew through the ranks to lecturer, senior lecturer, director, dean and professor before finally serving as Vice Chancellor of the ivory tower. At his appointment in 2009 Prof. Barya, who was only 40 years of age, actually broke a record as the youngest Vice Chancellor at Makerere University and also on the entire African continent.
During his time of service as Vice Chancellor at Makerere, the university greatly improved in its rankings and the university processes and procedures were streamlined. It was also during his term of service that Makerere which was formerly known for its bureaucracy was able to give out timely transcripts to students at graduation ceremonies.
To date Prof. Barya is still fondly remembered and credited for transforming Makerere University into a collegiate university with federated constituent colleges. He later left Makerere in September 2012 to start Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU), where he currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and founding Vice Chancellor. In only two years of existence, UTAMU has grown to be the preferred university for students interested in technology and management training and continues to be referred to as the MIT of Africa among sections of students.
Besides his role as UTAMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Baryamureeba also serves as Chairperson of the Uganda Vice Chancellors’ forum, a body that brings together all vice chancellors in Uganda; Chairperson, Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board, a body mandated to streamline, regulate, coordinate and conduct credible national examinations and award certificates and diplomas in Business, Technical and Vocational professions in Uganda; Chairperson, Makerere University Business School; and member so senate for both Mbarara University of Science and Technology and Busitema University. He also services as member on several reputable boards. Barya has indeed become a much sought after leader whose achievements in his different roles are unquestionable.
Life in Politics
Prof. Baryamureeba is also passionate about politics. In September 2000, he contested for the Ibanda South parliamentary seat which he lost due to irregularities in the election process. However, Barya now believes he can serve his country better at the level of Head of State considering the experience he has accumulated as a leader.
On July, 19, 2003, Baryamureeba became the founding president of a political party, the National Progressive Movement (NPM) which later became the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) before handing its leadersip to Hon. Jaberi Bidandi Ssali, a former Vice Chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM). He handed over the chairmanship of the party after the government of Uganda passed a code of conduct and ethics barring public officers from participating in party politics. Either way, the members of PPP honoured Baryamureeba for his contribution of setting up the party by giving him registration number 0000001 which he still holds to date. In essence registration number 0000001 should be held by the party president.
Even throughout his busy schedule as a professor of computer science and also in the different offices he has held, Prof. Baryamureeba’s passion for politics is unrivalled and he has always been instrumental in giving critical analysis to political, social and economic issues affecting the citizenry in the media.
On 17th may 2015, Prof. Baryamureeba announced that he would be contesting for President of Uganda, 2016-2021. According to his ideology, Baryamureeba stands for all progressive Ugandans irrespective of their political party affiliations and believes that it is time for Ugandans to seize the new era, embrace new leaders and a new vision to be able to move forward. He stands for smooth transition, action and progress.
Today, Baryamureeba who is only 45 years of age boasts of tremendous achievements including awards at both national and international levels.
- 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.
- On the 51st Independence celebrations that were held in Rukungiri District on 9th October 2013, H.E the President of the Republic of Uganda presented Prof. Barya with the Golden Jubilee Medal, the highest civilian medal of the Republic of Uganda.
- 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.
- 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.
- On 20th October 2009, he won the 2009 TWAS-ROSSA Prize for Building Scientific Institutions for the African Region.
- In August 2009, Professor Baryamureeba won the award of ‘Most Influential ICT Personality in Uganda’ at an awards ceremony organized by ICT Creative Ltd.
- In 2007 I received the ‘Top ICT Educator/ Academic’ Award in Africa for 2007 at an awards ceremony that was held in South Africa.
- 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.
- In July 2009, Professor Baryamureeba won the International Educator of the Year 2009 Award from International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England.
- 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.
- In April 2009, Professor Baryamureeba was included in the ‘2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century’ by the International Biographical Centre.
- 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.
High Profile Interactions
In his work, Prof. Baryamureeba has interacted with dignitaries at both national and international levels. For example, in his official capacity, Barya has been able to host VIPs like: President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda; President Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania; President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa; President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya; President Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi and Vice President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka of Kenya among others.
During his official travels, Prof. Barya has also met and interacted with:
- Her Majesty The Queen, Elizabeth II, Head of Common wealth and Supreme Governor of the Church of England and His Royal Highness; the Duke of Edinburg; Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretariat-General; and H.E. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda among others at the Commonwealth Day, that was held at Marlborough House, London (March 8, 2010).
- Former President of the United States of America Jimmy Carter and his wife; and Former President of Mozambique, Joaquim Chissano. This was during a Borlaug Symposium in Addis Ababa, July 13 – 14, 2010.
- The former British Prime Minister Hon. Gordon Brown at the Kampala Serena Hotel to discuss global issues in regard to the role of ICT in knowledge driven economy on July 24, 2010.
- President Jakaya Mrisho Kikweteat 50th aniversary celebrations of University of Dar es Salaam on October 20, 2011.
- The Secretary General of the Unted Nations at the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon at 4th Global Colloquium of Presidents and Vice Chancellors at Yale University on January 14-15, 2010. The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon invited Presidents and Vice Chancellors to participate in the Colloquium under the theme, ‘the Roles of Science in Meeting Global Challenges: Broadening the Base and Organising the Summit’. The Presidents and Vice-chancellors explored opportunities for cooperation and building research capacity in developing countries. I did meet and interact again with The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon during the the sixth annual meeting of the Secretary-General’s Global Colloquium of University Presidents that convened at Columbia University, April 2-3, 2012. The subject was the global policy impact—particularly in terms of escalating demands on job creation and education—posed by extremely high rates of population growth seen today in virtually every developing nation in the Global South.
- Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya Secretary General of COMESA and COMESA Heads of State and Government during the 7th Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Heads of State summit, which took, place in February 26-27, 2014. During the opening ceremony of this summit, I did present awardees of COMESA Innovation awards in my capacity as the Chairman of COMESA Innovation Council.
Prof. Baryamureeba for President of Uganda, 2016-2021
Prof. Venansius Baryamureeba is definitely a young man worth considering for the position of President of Uganda, 2016-2021. A distinguished academic and leader, his works, exposure and demeanor speak for him. He has been tried and tested as a 21st century manager and he believes Uganda needs a person of his stature to manage it. While he appreciates the work of President Museveni and his contemporaries, he believes it is time for a new generation to take over Uganda, direct it and enhance its global competitiveness.
To Prof. Baryamureeba, now is the time for Uganda to move on!