Professor Venansius Baryamureeba, 48, was born on 18th May 1969 in Ibanda and grew up in Kasharara village in Kagongo Parish, Ibanda District. He went to Buryansungwe primary school and St. Leo’s College, Kyegobe for primary and secondary education respectively. He holds a B.Sc. (Mathematics) degree and Master of Science (Mathematics) from Makerere University; a Post Graduate Diploma in Analysing Linear Programming Models from Trondheim University; as well as an M.Sc. in Computer Science and a PhD in Computer Science from University of Bergen, Norway. He holds other postgraduate certificates and diplomas in various disciplines from across the globe.
Baryamureeba’s career kicked off at Makerere University in 1994, immediately after completion of his bachelor’s degree when he was appointed as a Teaching Assistant. At Makerere University, the then young and ambitious Baryamureeba rose through the ranks and served in positions of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Professor, Director, Dean and finally Vice Chancellor.
In 2009, Professor Baryamureeba became the 14th Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, a position he held till 2012. Prior to this he had served as the Dean of Makerere University Faculty of Computing and IT from 2005 through 2010 and Director of the Makerere University Institute of Computer Science from 2001 through 2005.
As Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Professor Baryamureeba was responsible for the academic, administrative, and financial affairs of the University. Under his leadership, Makerere University restructured academic programmes, instituted financial and administrative reforms and improved financial performance, restructured academic and administrative units into a collegiate system, opened two up-country university campuses hence extending education closer to the people, increased research publications in peer reviewed journals and recognized books, improved university rankings, improved university image and popularity, and greatly improved service delivery that included issuance of transcripts and certificates in a timely manner among others.
As Director of the Institute of Computer Science and later as Dean of the Faculty of Computing and IT, Professor Baryamureeba was responsible for the academic, administrative and financial affairs of the institute and faculty. He spearheaded teaching, research, staff development and institutional development including infrastructure development in the institute and faculty. He gained expertise in building academic networks as evidenced from the several regional and national projects he coordinated. Under his leadership, the Institute of Computer Science transformed from a small unit with one academic programme, 28 students and an annual budget of US$15,000 into a Faculty of Computing and IT with four academic departments; 19 academic programmes; over 7,000 students undertaking degree programmes; an annual budget of over US$10 million; over 200 staff with at least a master’s degree and over 20 PhD holders in Computing and ICT disciplines; and graduated over 1,000 computing professionals (degree holders) annually by June 2010.
In 2005, he spearheaded the construction of the largest computing building in Africa with 12,500sq metres of space worth over US$ 20 million. The Block B building was funded from internally generated funds in the Faculty of Computing and IT and a grant of Euros 527,500 from the Dutch Government. Baryamureeba had previously spearheaded the construction of the Faculty of Computing and IT Block A Building with 2500sq metres of space, which was funded by the Royal Kingdom of Norway and was commissioned on 28th January 2004.
Immediately after leaving Makerere University, he founded Uganda Technology And Management University (UTAMU) on 7th September 2012, where he served as Founding Vice Chancellor from 2012 through 2015. As Vice Chancellor of UTAMU, Professor Baryamureeba was responsible for the academic, administrative, and financial affairs of the University and at the same time served as the Accounting Officer of the University. As Founding Vice Chancellor of UTAMU, he spearheaded the establishment of the University, which was licenced on 11th March 2013 by the National Council for Higher Education. By September 2015, the University had 42 academic programmes accredited by the National Council for Higher Education. The student population surpassed 1,000 in 2015 and the number of collaborations and visibility of the University greatly improved. UTAMU was ranked among the top ten Universities in Uganda by the end of 2015.
Prof. Baryamureeba is the current Chancellor of Ibanda University. In addition, Prof. Baryamureeba currently serves as the Chairperson of: Board of Directors of Uganda Technology and Management University; Board of Trustees of Uganda Technology and Management University; Makerere University Business School Council; St. Augustine International University Council; Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board; Busitema University Appointments Board; and Board of Directors of ICT Consults Ltd. among others.
Prof. Baryamureeba has also previously served as Chairperson of: Makerere University Senate and Management; UTAMU Senate and Management; Uganda Vice Chancellors Forum; Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Innovation Council; Inter-University Council of East Africa; and Research and Education Network of Uganda among others.
Prof. Baryamureeba has also served as a Member of: Makerere University Council; Makerere University Senate; Busitema University Senate; Mbarara University of Science and Technology Senate; Uganda National Examinations Board; National Council for Higher Education; African Institute for Capacity Development; and Inter University Council of East Africa among others.
Prof. Baryamureeba was a Presidential Candidate in the February 18, 2016 Presidential Election of the Republic of Uganda.
Prof. Baryamureeba is a recipient of the following individual professional awards and recognitions:
- In 2016, he received the Uganda Vice Chancellors’ Forum Appreciation Award in recognition of his distinguished contribution towards the progressive success of Higher Education in Uganda.
- In 2015, he was honored with the distinguished Africa Education Leadership award by Jacob Mills, the Global Chairman of African leadership awards. This Award of the highest stature was presented to Individuals and Institutions who surpassed several levels of its excellence and set an example of being a role model and Exemplary Leadership.
- In 2015, he received the “Office of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda Evaluation Award’’ in honour of his contribution towards building evaluation capacities in Uganda.
- In 2014, he received the African Society for ICT (ASICT) lifetime achievement award in ICT Research and Education in recognition of his immense contribution to the African continent in the ICT sector in the areas of research and education.
- On 9th October 2013, during the 51st Independence celebrations he received Golden Jubilee Medal of the Republic of Uganda (the highest honour bestowed on a non-head of state by the President Republic of Uganda) from President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda.
- In 2013, he received the Golden Star Academic & Educational Excellence award for Outstanding Contribution to Education by World Marketing Summit, Malaysia.
- In 2012, he received the Europe Business Assembly Socrates Prize Award in the Education category.
- In 2012, he received an Award of Recognition in appreciation of his dedicated service and exemplary contribution to the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).
- In 2012, he was admitted as permanent member of the Club of the Rectors of Europe (C.R.E.) whose mission is to consolidate efforts of the world scientific community in the development of provisions of the Bologna Process.
- In 2012, he was Awarded the “Amity Global Academic Excellence Award” during the Amity International Business School International Business Summit (INBUSH).
- In 2011, he received an Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education at the Africa-India Partnership Summit Le Matinal Educational Excellence Awards.
- On 20th October 2009, he received the 2009 TWAS-ROSSA Prize for Building Scientific Institutions for the African Region. The Academy of Sciences in the Developing World (TWAS) is an autonomous international organization, based in Trieste, Italy, that promotes scientific excellence for sustainable development in the South.
- In 2009, he received the ‘Most Influential ICT Personality in Uganda’ award from ICT Creative Ltd.
- In July 2009, he won the International Educator of the Year 2009 Award from International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England.
- In May 2009, he was included in the ‘TOP 100 Professionals-2009’ by the International Biographical Centre in recognition of his significant contribution in the area of ICT to engender influence on the local, national and international scene. As a bearer of Top 100 Professionals 2009, he was recorded in perpetuity in the halls of the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England.
- In April 2009, he was included in the ‘2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century’ by the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England.
- In 2009, he received a Recognition Award for his distinguished service to the Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) as its representative on the Makerere University Council.
- In November 2008, he was included in the 2009 Edition of “Who’s Who in the World”. Distributed globally, Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World is relied upon by business leaders, journalists, academics, and other professionals for its accuracy and currency of information.
- In 2008, he was Runner-up at the Presidential Science Awards in the Science and Technology Excellence Award category, Republic of Uganda, in recognition of his innovative approach to institutional and human capacity development in computer science.
- In 2007, he received the ‘Top ICT Educator/ Academic’ Award in Africa for 2007.
- In 2007, he was honoured by IBM; A statement from IBM dated 4th December 2007 in New York states that, “IBM made a gift in honour of Professor Baryamureeba to the United Nations (UN) Foundation in support of Nothing but Nets, a grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria”. The statement further adds that,” …through Nothing but Nets, the UN Foundation and its partners work with the Measles Initiative –one of the most successful vaccination efforts undertaken—to purchase bed nets and distribute them in countries and communities in greatest need”.
- In 2005, he received the Professional of the Year 2005 – British Council Award. This award was mainly for achievers, mentors and inspirational managers who have contributed immensely to the management of their organizations as well as International communities.
- In 2005 he was recognized by the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology in the 2005 Presidential Science Award Cycle for his efforts in empowering communities (educational and non-educational communities) with ICT skills so as to improve the quality of life through creation of human resource and socioeconomic development and for spearheading ICT training, research and consultancy services in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Since 2001 he has received several other awards and recognitions in his personal capacity, as Director of Makerere University Institute of Computer Science, as Dean of Makerere University Faculty of Computing and IT, as Vice Chancellor of Makerere University and as Chairman and Managing Director of ICT Consults Ltd.
At regional level, he has coordinated multimillion-dollar regional projects and research programs aimed at building specialized computing and human resource capacity in Africa. At the national level, he has coordinated several multimillion-dollar programs aimed at building human resource capacity in universities and other tertiary institutions and the private and public sectors.
He has proven proficiency in attracting meaningful collaborations from public and private sectors at local and international levels. He has actively initiated and continues to initiate long-term programs with support from various teaching and research universities, governments and organizations in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. These have greatly enhanced capacity in the areas of human resource, educational and joint research programs, ICT and teaching infrastructure, gender balance and promotion (mainly in ICT/Science and Technology), relations among the universities, industry and government, and professionalization of services in government institutions.
He has a track record as a consultant in higher education and management, ICT, e-governance, research, training, advisory services and policy. He is the Chairman and Managing Director of ICT Consults Ltd, one of the prestigious ICT consultancy firms in Africa.
He has supervised to completion more than 50 postgraduate students including at least 4 PhD students and has over 80 peer reviewed publications to his credit. He has presented at several international conferences and workshops and given various key note addresses across the globe. Professor Baryamureeba has been a record setter;
- In 2000, he became the 1st Ugandan to obtain a Ph.D. in Computer Science.
- In 2000, he discovered the Barya function that is used is several commercial packages.
- In 2006, he was appointed a full Professor at the age of 36, making him the first Professor of Computer Science in Uganda and the youngest Professor in sub-Saharan Africa at the time.
- On 1st November 2009, he was appointed 14th Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University at the age of 40 making him at the time the youngest Vice-Chancellor to ever be appointed to lead a University on the African continent.
- In July 2017, Professor Baryamureeba, at only 48 years of age was appointed Chancellor of Ibanda University, making him the youngest Chancellor of a University, who is a non head of state on the African Continent.
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