FORTY-THREE universities which applied to be recognised as institutions of higher learning have failed to meet the required standards of registration and accreditation, Professor Stephen Simukanga, the Higher Education Authority director general, has said.

Professor Simukanga has said Higher Education Authority would soon publish a list of legally registered public and private higher institutions of education.

He said at the close of December last year, the authority received 53 applications out of which 10 universities were approved.

Prof Simukanga said the list which shall be published in the Government Gazette and media at the monthend of February, would reveal the institutions which are supposed to be operating.

“This comes following a process of reviewing applications from existing and new private colleges and universities, which are now required by law to register with the authority.  “It is a requirement according to law that both public and private universities and colleges  must register with the higher education authority, hence the process of receiving and reviewing applications,” he said.

Prof Simukanga said Government would soon issue an ultimatum to all higher institutions to either register with the authority or face the law.

He said at the monthend of this month a list of legally registered universities and colleges will be released in order to notify the public on which universities and colleges were recognised.

“It is for this reason that we shall also embark on a sensitisation campaign of the public and the proprietors of universities and colleges,” Prof Simukanga said.

He urged higher education institutions to improve their standards according to the regulations to enable them continue operating.

In the recent past, there have been concerns on the numerous mushrooming colleges and universities in the country and the higher education authority started working to correct the situation.

The authority which was instituted in 2014 through an Act of Parliament had been preparing frameworks which it has since started implementing.

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