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Education Committee

Education Committee

Members of the Education Committee

Arch. Miriam Lawino Chair person
Arch. Shinosuke Albert Wasswa Member and USA Representative
Arch. Adengo Doreen Member
Arch. Jesse Tukacungura Member
Mr. Mukwatampora Muzamiru Member


Mandate of the Education Committee (EC)

The Committee draws its mandate from two legislations:

a.       The Architects Registration Act, Cap 269 Section 4(e) to promote training in architectural sciences,

b.       The Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act 2006 (as amended), which mandates National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) to receive, consider and process applications for accreditation of the academic and professional programmes in consultation with the Professional Associations and Regulatory Bodies.

 In order to implement this mandate, the duties and terms of reference were agreed as follows:

    1.1     Participating in the accreditation of new programs and / or schools or architecture as required.

1.2     Inspecting of existing schools for compliance with local and international best practice with the aim of offering support, as opposed to rebuke.

1.3     Handling complaints from schools and from the public as related to the training of architecture students.

1.4     Refining the standard guideline documents and developing new frameworks for assessment of architectural training programs.

1.5     Conducting orientation of final year students in readiness for internship

1.6     Refining and monitoring of interns and internship programs

1.7     Conducting the annual professional exams

1.7.1          Assessment of applicants’ logbooks for eligibility for the exam

1.7.2          Approval of trainers and examiners

1.7.3          Preparation and review of professional exam papers

1.7.4          Conducting of the Theory and Oral exams

1.7.5          Approval of successful candidates and recommendation to the Board for registration.

1.8     Fostering relevant local and international linkages for the implementation of all the above.

 Report on Education Committee Activities 2019

Qualifications and Competency Framework Documents for the profession of architecture. (QCF Documents).

A one week retreat was conducted in April 2017 and attended by stakeholder representatives from Universities, from the Board, the Uganda Society of Architects and from practice, and in consultation with the National Council for Higher Education. As an outcome of this retreat, stakeholders developed detailed guidelines for all academic qualifications in the architectural field, from Ordinary Diploma to Doctorate, and both one tier and two-tier degree programmes. This was aimed at updating the existing framework which was developed in 2008 and dealt with only a one tier bachelor’s degree program. The draft document has been presented to NCHE for review and adoption. Additionally, guidelines were developed for competency procedures and assessment for professional qualifications.

The Academic Qualifications Framework

1.   It is a NCHE document (the accreditor of academic programmes) and serves to update the 'National Council For Higher Education Competency Framework For the Professional Qualification in Architecture 2008 which is used for accreditation of courses.

2.       As a guide to existing and upcoming architectural programmes

3.       It takes into account Uganda’s circumstances.

4.       Benchmarked on international practice.

  It includes:

1.       Qualification levels (In accordance with the Uganda Higher Education Framework)

2.       Type of Award (OD, AD, BArch, MArch, PhD)

3.       Minimum Durations (Credit Unites & Contact Hours)

4.       Minimum Eligibility requirements

5.       Minimum resource requirements to set up an architectural program.

6.       Program structures One tier & Two tier

7.       Qualifications  of  Academic  Staff  to  include  not  just  refereed  publications  but  building  of architectural       significance

8.       Expected Staff Student ratios, etc.

The Professional Qualifications Framework

It is a document of the Board, developed to guide the fraternity in training, and for use by the ARB/ USA in assessing graduate interns.

It includes:

1.       Internship training procedures

2.       Internship program outline

3.       Internship Logbook

4.       Professional Exam procedures

5.       Employer Evaluation Form

6.       CPD provisions

7.       Architects CPD logbook

A copy shall be available at the secretariat beginning 2018, for practitioners, interns and other interested parties.


Engagements with National Council for Higher Education (NCHE).

The Committee continues to liaise with NCHE to resolve the pending issues affecting the accreditation of institutions training in architecture. Its work in progress and most of the institutions are doing their best to meet the standards as guided by the frame work document. and the Board has been liaising very closely with NCHE in the development of the Qualifications & Competency Framework, in the inspection and re-accreditation of schools, and to resolve in finality the situation with the M Arch architectural programme at Uganda Martyrs University, which is not yet accredited by NCHE.

Update on Architectural Schools and Programmes

 i-             Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi. (UMU)

Regarding the long-standing impasse related to this program, all the parties involved, UMU, NCHE, Uganda Society of Architects and the Board, have expressed their opinion and counter opinion, verbally and in writing on the issue. UMU submitted to NCHE a new curriculum document which the committee and the Board reviewed and made their comments in writing to NCHE. Significant progress has been made with regard to the adjustments of the program content and duration. A joint NCHE /ARB meeting was held on 30th November 2017, and a joint resolution meeting hosted by NCHE is schedule before the end of the year. The Board expects that the program at UMU will be back on proper course in 2018.

 ii-            Makerere University Kampala (MUK)

There is no change so far in the current conditions at the university despite the Board’s recommendations to the University in 2016 regarding improvement. However, with the new Vice chancellor as our very own Arch. Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, whom we congratulate again, the Board expects interventions to occur to help the program regain and retain a high standard of training. NCHE has notified the University of the routine re-accreditation process that is to take place immediately. Since the leadership of the program is set to change, the Board has made an effort to lobby all of its qualified fraternity members to vie for the position of Head of Department.

 iii-          Kyambogo University

Following several exchanges in writing to the Academic registrar and the faculty head, together with inspection visits to the University, the program made a good effort to resolve and manage the issue of a large intake of student for the academic year 2017 / 2018. The Board commends the efforts of the Head of Department and staff on the program for their intensive lobbying skills. There is now some more clout created for the program at the university and studio and other resource requirements have been allocated to the program in the new University building structures soon to be completed. There is effort made towards improvement in the staffing as well. While some constraints remain, the program shows a lot of promise as a highly professional program. NCHE has it validated.

 iv-           International University of East Africa

The Board participated in a joint NCHE/ARB validation visit to the program. The Board’s position on the visit and the recommendation of the report was submitted to NCHE. Several matters were arising including but not limited to poor intake procedures, severe lack of staff, unclear leadership of department. The main recommendation was for IUEA to suspend their program until such a time as they can show that they have proper intake procedures and qualified lecturers, including the head of the program. A response from NCHE is awaited.

Professional Exams 2018

Committee members met with graduate interns and received their recommendation for improvements. It was recommended that quarterly meeting with students be conducted to prepare the students better for the professional exams. This would also assist in the reduction of the failure rate for the professional exam. This year the board received a record 47 applicants for the professional exam, as a result of these engagements and the arears fee waivers by the USA. 38 graduate architects sat for the written exams, 10 failed and 28 passed. 29 candidates qualified to sit the oral exams, including one architected already registered abroad. 20 passed, eight failed and one deferred their exam to the next year due to unavoidable personal circumstances. A member from East Africa Institute of Architects Arch. Musyimyi was in attendance as part of the panelist in the oral exams.

Proposals Going Forward

As a response to the severe constraints experienced by interns in finding offices to take them on, and yet the desire on the part of the Board to have more architects registered, committee members proposed that an Architectural Development Centre (ADC) be set up to serve as a training centre for interns, with the aim of structuring internship as project oriented rather than architect oriented.

While the law would still be respected in terms of the need to experience training under a registered and practicing architect, training conducted at the ADC could be formatted to allow for groups to visit real construction projects, group engagement in architect’s offices (without the need for retaining the interns as staff), and the ADC staffed by practicing architects. This could be both an internship and continuous development-learning facility for the Architects. A concept paper detailing this initiative should be developed.

The committee also recommended and the Board approved that government support the training of interns by making it mandatory for all government projects to have interns.

The Board should continue to encourage the schools to achieve the expected competency standards, continue to extend support in whatever manner possible.


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