Dr James Luyonga Nkata
The Uganda Management Institute (UMI) started in 1969. It started a Management Development Institute (MDI), then known as the Institute of Public Administration. It has gone through various transformations to what it is right now. In 2004, UMI was elevated to a degree-granting institution by an act of Parliament. However, UMI remained an MDI. What this means is that it was able to grant degrees while continuing with its mandate of offering short courses leading to the award of certificates and diplomas. With these two mandates, the UMI was restructured into four schools; the School of Business and Management; the School of Public Administration, Public Service and Governance; the School of Distance Learning as well as the School of Management Sciences.
The School of Management Sciences performs the degree granting function, awarding PhDs, Masters’ degrees and postgraduate diplomas. The other three perform the original function of IPA, training and awarding certificates and diplomas.
We have also grown in two ways; in enrolment and financially. Since 2009, our budget has grown from Shs 6bn to Shs 30bn. However, the growth has come with challenges. These are challenges associated with increased expectations. We are dealing with these challenges in a constructive way by engaging our online platforms as well as our offline functions.
The UMI stands alone in ensuring quality, in its service. Secondly, the mode of delivery is hands-on. Participants come here to learn to put into practice what has been learned. Our motto is we empower you to excel.
Dr James Luyonga Nkata holds a PhD in Higher Education Management and Planning, Masters in Management Sciences and Postgraduate diploma in Management Sciences, all from Makerere University.