Victoria University unveils new UK accredited program

In a bid to maintain academic excellence, Victoria University (@VUKampala) has unveiled a new program to equip its students with a piece of substantive knowledge and skill. #WhisperEyeNews

This will enable them to anticipate, recognize, measure, evaluate, apply and communicate solutions to minimize the risks arising from occupational safety, health, and environmental conditions.

Victoria University through its Marketing executive revealed to the public that the institution now offers a Master of Science in Health, Safety, and Environmental Management, and a course accredited by the UK Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.

This course has Health, Safety, and Environmental Management (HSE) which have become key components of business operations globally as organizations face an increasingly complex and dynamic range of health, safety, and environmental risks that have the potential to disrupt business operations and caused significant financial, human and environmental
losses.

Consequently, HSE professionals are increasingly required to respond to HSE risks at strategic levels within organizations both locally and internationally. This MSc has both national and international dimensions, with strong emphasis placed on understanding HSE legislations and Compliance, Ergonomics and Human Factors, and workplace Hazards and Control in order to promote, stimulate and encourage high standards of HSE in the workplace.

The university says that the Ugandans willing to take on this program will be graced with many Employment and Career Prospects such as Environmental Health and Safety Professionals, Safety Engineers, Occupational Hygienists, Ergonomists, Occupational Health Nurses, and Safety Advisors in a wide range of sectors, including Energy, PharmaChem, Healthcare, Medical Device, Consulting Firms, and Local Authorities.

According to the Jinja Road-based university, the course module of this program consists of principles of Health & Safety, Workplace Hazards and Risk Management Environmental, Assessment and Sustainability, Occupational Hygiene and Health Occupational Psychology and Ergonomics Process Safety & Loss Prevention, HSE MS Auditing, Safety Leadership, and Culture, Research Methods and Dissertation.

Victoria University informs the public that the Students of this program will from time to time meet experts in this field through seminars, team-based projects, and workplace visits Coursework will be assessed via continuous assessment, laboratory practicals, assignment work, written examinations, and thesis proposals and write-ups.

The university has further revealed to the public that the course duration is 1.5 Years Full time and 3 Years for Part Timers and the Mode of Delivery is Blended/Online.

Sourced from the university data, the Entry Requirements for suitors to be admitted to the MSc HSE of Victoria University, a student must have achieved an honors degree in a relevant field from an accredited university, the university will also consider appropriate Health and Safety Level 7 (Uganda), Level 6 (Europe) qualifications, or professional qualifications with relevant experience, or other qualifications equivalent to the above.

In addition, Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language by passing an English proficiency test conducted by the University. And to an affordable tuition Per Semester (3 Semesters) where Nationals pay UGX.3,050,000, East Africans pay USD.803 and International students pay USD. 1284

The introduction of this course matches the vision of the university Vice Chancellor Dr. Lawrence Muganga Ph.D. who seeks to transform the education system of the East African region.

He has written a book, “You Can’t Make Fish Climb Trees” which got the recognition of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to win him a 1 million USD grant.

In this Book, Muganga shares part of his life story as he vehemently calls for a change in Uganda’s education system saying that it’s old-fashioned.

In his book Authentic University, Dr. Muganga advocates for education transformation and exposes the “archaic education system modeled for 19th century Europe which has allowed Governments and administrators to structure and deliver education as if it were an assembly line.”

While he focuses on the need for more dynamic education models in Sub-Saharan Africa, Muganga establishes applications for the presence of authentic learning where teaching happens in a school-centered environment filled with real-world applications throughout the global community.

He advocates for a revolutionized education model that would see Students’ individuality used to empower them so that they can navigate their future and the workforce successfully.

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