The Government of the Republic of Uganda (GoU) is expanding its higher education network to address the growing demand for higher education fuelled by the expanding national population projected to reach over 35 million by 2014 and growing regional initiative like the East African Federation framework. The expansion of higher education is in line with GoU strategic Vision 2040 of transforming Uganda into a middle income economy which is supported by skilled labor force. GoU is investing heavily in science and technology as anchors of economic transformation. To achieve this vision GoU intends to put a lot of effort into building fundamentals which will act as structural elements of the economy. This includes: world class physical infrastructure; ICT infrastructure, Science and Technology, Innovation and Engineering (STIE); and globally competitive human resource (Uganda Vision, 2040). The setting up of Soroti University is one of the efforts towards the realization of that dream.
Soroti University is planned to be a Science and Technology-based University nesting on the principle of Vocationalisation of education. The defining character of the University is linked to the core priorities of Central Government as specified in the country¡¯s National Development Plan 2010/2011 – 2014/2015. The Plan lists the primary growth sectors (Agriculture, Manufacturing, Mining, Oil and Gas Forestry, Housing, Tourism, ICT and Business). Complimentary Sectors which include among others Trade Development, Science, Technology and Innovation. The Social Sectors that include skills development, Education and Sports. Collectively education which is the responsibility of a University is the developer and supplier of the human resources necessary to move and exploit other sectors.
Soroti University intends to anchor its life on five thematic areas to address the human resources gaps in Uganda, in the region and/or develop more capacity to enable society to cope with poverty, unemployment, inadequacy of skilled workers in key sectors endemic problems like health. It will also address national concerns such as modernizing agriculture, supporting industry, raising the level of technical skills for operating small and medium size businesses, raising science education, increasing ICT diffusion and business education.
Soroti University has its main campus in Arapai, Arapai subcounty, Soroti District, approximately 8 kilometres (5.0 mi), by road, north of the central business district of the town of Soroti, on the road between Soroti, in Soroti District and Amuria in Amuria District. This location is approximately 245 kilometres (152 mi), by road, northeast of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city and largest metropolitan area. The campus sits on 200 acres (81 ha) of land, near the campus of Teso College, a boys-only, boarding middle (S1-S4) and high school (S5-S6).
One of the biggest headaches today in Uganda is the shortage of middle level human resources in health. There are almost no nurses in the villages.
Drug shops are run by people who have least idea about the chemistry of drugs. This puts people in great danger. Nursing and Pharmacy are both undertaken in Makerere University but supply is very low.
But the country’s requirements far out way the current capacity. Therefore it is proposed that in this proposed university the following programmes be developed.
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor Of Surgery
Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSc. Nursing)
Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences.
Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm).
Bachelor of Health Records.
i. B.Sc. Computer Science (Major and Minor Courses)
ii. B.Sc. Mathematics (Major and Minor Courses,
iii. B.Sc. Economics(Major and Minor Courses)
iv. B.Sc. With Education courses
Our postal address is; Soroti University Taskforce
P.O. Box 211, Soroti, Uganda.
Telephone: +254 454 461 605