Victoria University has today announced reduction of tuition fees by over 50 per cent to help its new, continuing and prospective students cope with the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus outbreak, becoming the first educational institution in Uganda to take such a bold step.
“The decision to reduce the fees was taken, taking in mind the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic,” said University Director Rajiv Ruparelia.
“We as Victoria University believe that Quality education should be affordable to Ugandans and International students so as to be able to attract more students,” he added.
He noted that, with the economic situation not being good, Victoria University had decided to use the opportunity to give back to the community by adjusting the fees.
On his part, Chairman of the University Council Dr. David Byatike Matovu, said the institution was keen to offer a helping hand amid the challenges posed by the virus outbreak.
“Victoria University realizes that quality education should be accessible by all and therefore has taken a drastic positive step to ensure this by making tuition reductions for the already hard hit economies of the East Africa region and beyond,” Dr. Matovu said.
Bill Nkeeto, the university’s Acting Vice Chancellor noted that students at Victoria University will now be able to attain a course of their choice for as low as UGX1,500,000 only.
“This reduction in cost of education was tailor made to support the Government effort to build a better society post COVID-19, foster innovation and create positive social and economic impact by providing high quality education to Ugandan and the international community,” said Nkeeto.
Opened in August 2013, Victoria University, part of the Ruparelia Group of Companies is located in Kampala, Uganda. The university currently offers training in the faculties of Humanities and Social Science, Business and Management, health sciences and science and Technology.
In an interview with Africa Tembelea, Ruparelia Group Chairman, Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia revealed that the cuts that take effect in September this year will run for the next two or three years.
“The effects of the pandemic will be here for the next two or three years. The structure of fees will remain stable in shillings for a long some time to come, and we will in the next two or three years review in consultation with the student body, the council and the market,” said Dr. Ruparelia.