We are glad to announce that Prof. Dr. Wasajja Kiwanuka has been appointed as our Regional Director (East Africa). Prof. Wasajja acquired his first higher education certificates from Uganda; attending the prestigious public universities of Makerere University and Kyambogo University before joining Kampala University. His undergraduate research project and first literature project were published before his graduation. Similarly, his research dissertation; “The English Communicative Needs among International Students” which was published 2019 won him several accolades and was finally published as a book by Kampala University. In 2011, when he had just started his PhD, his profile was added on the International Linguistic List making him the first Ugandan to appear on that list.
For the last 10 years, Prof. Wasajja has established himself as a vanguard in English Languages, Education, Media and Communication studies. He has worked in Kampala University and Kampala International University holding several academic and administrative portfolios as Head of Department for Language Department, Director of Distance and In-service Education, Deputy Director of Research and Academic Registrar. As a Visiting Professor of St. Laurence University, the East African University, Rwanda and the East African University, Kitengera, Kenya, he has contributed to the development of the Education and Language Curricula in all those East African higher Education Institutions.
The compass of his education and experience outlines Prof. Wasajja’s modest contribution to the education and Communication Sector. In 2014, after finalizing his PhD, he developed an educational model from his PhD thesis leading to the creation of the first Open University in Uganda, the Royal Open University. The institution has so far helped over 250 community members, mostly youth with disabilities, to acquire education through remote learning. In 2017, Prof. Wasajja presented a paper in the Commonwealth Youth Minister’s Meeting entitled “Inclusive Education for Youth with Disabilities: Exploring the Online Model” and in the same year, he presented a similar paper; “A Dawn to New Reality in Uganda Education: The Transition Experience to Online Learning” which was published in the East African Quality Assurance Journal 2017.
Prof. Wasajja has to his credit over 50 publications in National and International Academic journals, conferences proceedings, books and book chapters as well as other periodicals. He has attended conferences and presented papers in Europe, USA and Asia. He is the author of; Students Communication Skills Handbook 1 which is officially used in most East African Institutions and has since sold over 1 Million copies worldwide; Communication Tools for Nurse: Therapeutic Communication and many others. He is also the founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Language Solutions, a registered International language training and testing center in Kigali, Rwanda.
Prof. Wasajja joined University of Kigali in 2018 and has since assisted in the establishment of the School of Communication and Journalism where he has so far designed six (6) curricula and became the School’s first Dean. He has also served as Director for the university’s Centre for Modern Languages and as a Director for University Communication. He recently developed two English Curricula at Kigali Independent University, Rwanda.