Lira University Finally Independent

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Speaking at the same meeting, Professor Robert Oduk Ocheng, a commissioner at National Council for Higher education who represented Education Minister, Janet Museveni, appealed to the University Council to stick to the core vision of the university so that it becomes the heart of excellence for science courses not only in northern Uganda but the country at large.

Lira University has finally gained autonomy from Gulu University.  Lira University has been operating as a constituent College of Gulu university since it was opened in August 2012. 

On Tuesday, the National Council for Higher Education-NCHE handed over instruments of power making Lira a fully-fledged University.
 
Speaking at the hand over, Professor John Opuda Asibo, the executive Director NCHE says they reached the decision after establishing that Lira University has the capacity to stand on its own.
 
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He however, noted that continuing students will sit their examinations under the Gulu University, since they registered as such. 

Speaking at the same meeting, Professor Robert Oduk Ocheng, a commissioner at National Council for Higher education who represented Education Minister, Janet Museveni, appealed to the University Council to stick to the core vision of the university so that it becomes the heart of excellence for science courses not only in northern Uganda but the country at large.

 
He observed that Lira University of Science and Technology has the best midwifery department in East and Central Africa. Professor Jasper Ogwal Okeng, the vice chancellor Lira University could not hide his excitement of what he described as a dream that has come to live. 

He applauded the local leadership in Lango especially Lira district Local government for availing public land at the former Bala stock farm where the university has erected its structures. 

According to Professor Okeng, the autonomy now means that the university is now fully accredited to carry admissions and run its course Alex Oremo A Lot, the Lira district LC 5 chairperson pledged to ensure the district opens access roads around the university to fast track development.



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Lira University has departments such as Institute of Biodervisity and Medicinal plants, engineering, Faculty of Health science and Faculty of Management Science. It currently has an enrollment of over 300 students.