President Museveni has appointed Professor Eli Katunguka Rwakishaya as the new Chairperson of the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
The Kyambogo University vice chancellor replaces Professor Pen Mogi, former Vice Chancellor of Gulu University. Mogi took over from Professor Fred Kayanja, former Vice Chancellor of Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST).
Katunguka’s five-year tenure that takes immediate effect, means that he will head the Council consisting of eighteen eminent persons.
The Council members are appointed under Section 7 of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act, 2001 including the appointment by President, and the Vice Chairperson elected by the Council members.
It also comprises of two representative of Vice-Chancellors of public and private Universities, two Senates Representative Private and public Universities, four representative of religious non-degree awarding institutions appointed by the minister of Education and three Representative from Commerce, industry and Agricultural Sector.
Four members of other sectors of higher education, one representative of the public elected by the Council, one representative of people with disabilities, an officer in charge of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Sports, two Representatives of Students from Tertiary and Universities plus the NCHE’s Executive Director.