Yesterday I learned with sadness of the untimely passing of Professor Christine Dranzoa, Vice Chancellor, Muni University, Arua, Uganda. The last time I spoke with her was through a computer screen. We discussed at length the opportunities and challenges of navigating higher education leadership as female leaders. She was one of only four current female Vice Chancellors in Uganda. She had set up the meeting to congratulate me on becoming an associate professor. The zoom call lasted 45 minutes. I didn’t know then it would be the last time I will see or speak with her.
I met Professor Dranzoa in 2016 through the Uganda Vice Chancellors Forum, a platform that brings together Vice Chancellors of the majority of Higher Education Institutions in Uganda. I was new in the job and desperately needed a mentor. I invited her for a lunch during which I learned about her humble beginnings and her journey into higher education leadership. I was mesmerized by her wisdom, her passion for the job and her blunt challenge to me to pursue excellence—"anything less is not worth it” she said.
And so, as we carry on with our pursuit of excellence, we honor Professor Dranzoa and hope to live up to the example and legacy she leaves behind.
Rose Clarke Nanyonga (Ph.D.)
Queen Vivian Karungi of Clarke International University made it to the top 6 contestants for Miss.University 2022. The event was held at International University of East Africa, and had about 27 Universities participate. Miss. Karungi show cased her talent and projects. She was brilliant at the traditional Buganda dance-"Amagunjju" and wowed the audience with her confidence. We are so proud of our Miss. CIU. Congratulations!