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QUICK QUESTIONS
By David Tobenkin

Shaping Africa's Next Leaders

Gerald Karyeija

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INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR M AY + J U N.2019

Gerald Kagambirwe Karyeija is the dean of the School of Management Sciences
and an associate professor at the Uganda Management Institute (UMI) in
Kampala, Uganda. Founded in 1964, this government-owned institute occupies an
unusual niche among Ugandan and African higher education institutions, given
its role in training experienced civil servants, politicians, and other professionals
in a wide variety of administration, leadership, and management topics. The
role gives Karyeija and UMI an outsized opportunity to influence today's and
tomorrow's African elite.
A Ugandan native whose mother tongue is Rukiga, Karyeija's path to UMI
has been somewhat unconventional. After graduating from Uganda's prominent
Makerere University in 1996 with a bachelor's in political science and public
administration, he worked as a freelance reporter before joining the Ugandan
National Social Security Fund. Both of Karyeija's parents were teachers and urged
him to pursue further studies. He received a master's in public administration
in 2005 and a PhD in public administration in 2010 from the University of
Bergen in Norway. His particular academic foci include public sector reform and
anticorruption efforts.
In addition to his role at UMI, Karyeija is a panelist on a weekly radio show,
Hot Seat, discussing national contemporary governance issues.
You have described UMI's approach as
"experiential and competencebased." What do you mean by that?
First, it is important to understand that
UMI is a postgraduate institution that
teaches only those who have already
worked for at least 2 years. So we use
a methodology targeted to mature
students that features giving students
assignments that focus on real-life
issues in the workplace and what they
can do about them. A typical student
might be a physician at a hospital who
has been promoted to manager there
and now needs skills that he lacks, such
as dealing with business and human
resources (HR) issues.
Second, when teaching, we invite
guest speakers who are practicing
what we are teaching. So when we are
teaching HR management, for instance,

we will invite an HR manager, and that
person comes in and spends time with
the class, interacting with the students
and answering their questions. This is
mandatory for each module.
What teaching models are most
effective with this type of student?
We use an adult teaching methodology
that reflects that we are often teaching
these students in the evenings when
they are tired and have limited time. We
use case studies to slowly teach them
the concepts, including through visuals
and video clips. We discuss academic
and nonacademic issues with them and
develop personal relationships. We have
class presidents to support them and give
them access to management [resources].
There is an evaluation for each
module that asks them to express what

COURTESY GERALD KARYEIJA

Gerald Karyeija,
a 2017-18 NAFSA
Global Dialogue
Fellow and dean
of the Uganda
Management Institute,
works to give African
leaders the tools they
need to advance



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In Brief
Global Spotlight: Iran
Quick Questions
Feature: Africa’s Education Evolution
Feature: Mental Health: At Home and Abroad
Feature: The Faces of International Education
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment Management
International Education Leadership
Forum
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