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Gulu University VC Prof Openjuru given new 5-year term

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Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Gulu University Council has approved the extension of Prof. George Openjuru Ladaah’s term of office as the University Vice Chancellor.

Prof. Openjuru’s five year contract extension was endorsed on Friday during the 53rd meeting of the Gulu University council. The new contract takes effect in January 2023 after the expiry of his first term of office.

Gulu University Deputy Public Relations Officer, James Onono Ojok confirmed the development to Uganda Radio Network in an interview Sunday saying the appointment was based on merit.

Onono says the Vice chancellor in his first term of office tried so much to improve service delivery and performance in all key areas at the University.

Prof. Openjuru told Uganda Radio Network (URN) in an interview that the extension of his contract as the Vice Chancellor will help him to accomplish the projects he had started but were disrupted by the outbreak of COVID-19.

He says his plans to expand the University, stabilize its operations and increase educational performance not just from being among the best in Uganda but at the international level. “Another five years is in order for me to consolidate my achievements,” says Prof. Openjuru.

Prof. Openjuru says he is proud to have accomplished a number of important projects for the University within his first tenure in office citing near completion of a 30 billion shillings Business and development center building, stabilizing strikes both by staff and students among others.

He also notes that he was able to clear the University debts which was at about 6 billion shillings and managed to raise the University cash flow from both the government and students from 39 percent to 79 percent.

Prof. Openjuru assumed office in 2018, replacing former Gulu University Vice Chancellor Prof. Jack Nyeko Pen-Mogi who led the University since it’s inception in 2002.

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