New online system Restores Hope at Ugandan University

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When Rita Atukunda came to apply for admission at Kyambogo University in 2011, what she had considered to be an adventure became a nightmare. Fresh from Lyantonde, Atukunda thought
she would apply and get admitted on the same day as was the case with her former schools. “I was instead shocked by what I met at Kyambogo,” she says.

Atukunda arrived at Kyambogo by 11am but by 5pm, she had only managed to get a pay slip, pay at the bank and acquire a receipt at the senate building. “There were long queues everywhere and by the time I got the receipt, the other offices had closed. They told us to come back the next day to pick application forms,” she recalls.

Atukunda was stuck in a city where she had only come for the second time and did not have any relations. “There was another girl, Patience Nafuna, who helped me and we lodged at Kireka. We became best friends since then,” she explains.

Though Atukunda managed to complete her application the following day, she had incurred extra costs and wished that her kid sister, Julian Ainamaani, should never to go through the same hell. “I felt pity for
her but at least she had me to help her out,” she says.

But things were different this time. With the e-campus application system, Ainamaani needed less than three hours to do what her sister had done in two days. “They just led us through the online system and we finished within two hours, and if we had known it earlier she could have done it at home,” Atukunda explains.

Starting with this academic year, Kyambogo University has introduced an online application system where applicants can apply from anywhere, anytime. “We are phasing out the old queues. You can be in your bedroom or office and just login to our domain, apply, pay at a nearby bank and wait to be admitted,” says university publicist Lawrence Madete.

He says e-campus, which was internally generated by a group of seven former Kyambogo students, is an integrated information management system that works directly with selected banking institutions (Crane and Stanbic).

“This system digitalizes applications, admissions, management and procurement issues that were formerly manual and prone to fraud,” Madete says.

 

source: Observer

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