Government hails Ndejje University’s huge contribution to national development
The Uganda Government has applauded Ndejje University’s contribution towards producing morally upright and highly skilled human resource required for national development.
The remarks were contained in speech by the Minister of Education and Sports, Mrs. Janet Kataaha Museveni during the 18th Graduation ceremony of Ndejje University held at Luwero Main Campus (October 14, 2016). The theme of the graduation is “To enhance quality assurance in a changing higher education platform.”
A total of 2800 graduands received diplomas, undergraduate and post graduate degrees marking the biggest number ever in the history of the university. 1459 (53.1%) of the graduates were female while 1,341 (47%) were male which percentages clearly show positive results in the gender streaming efforts.
Pamela Namaganda from Faculty of Education with CGPA 4.86 and Okiring Arnold from Faculty of Basic Science and IT with CGP 4.79 topped the chart of 39 students who attained First Class degree distinctions.
Represented as Chief guest by State Minister for Higher Education, Mr. Chrysestom Muyingo, the First Lady said the government was extremely excited by the unique courses offered by the university.
“The menu offered by this university is unique and relevant to our needs as a country. You have been able to set up science programmes in engineering forestry, petroleum and sports science.
“Many private universities have limited their courses to arts because it is very expensive to start and maintain teaching of these science programmes. Government thanks Ndejje University for the bold step taken,” she said.
The Minister pledged government’s total support towards institutions that set up incubation centres and promotion of innovations and advised Ndejje to explore the opportunities in E-Learning.
She congratulated the University, for the continued investment of resources and time to sports activities and numerous achievements attained on the national and international scene.
The University Chancellor Dr. Kisamba Mugerwa told the congregation that Ndejje University was striving to ensure quality assurance to remain competitive on the labour market and also overcome challenges.
“Quality assurance is one of the perimeters used to rank universities. No wonder Ndejje University was ranked 42nd in Africa which placed it in 2nd position in Uganda,” he said.
The Chancellor however cautioned the graduates about government zero tolerance to corruption.
“Refrain from any temptation that may lure you into malpractices that may erode the values Ndejje University has labored to instill in you for the good of the country. You have graduated with knowledge and skills that can make you easily fit in different situations. Be innovative to beat any challenges,” Dr. Kisamba Mugerwa advised.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eriabu Lugujjo said the university has made significant gains over the years owing to guidance by the Strategic Plan anchored in an atomic model where the students constitute the nucleus of the institution.
He boasted of the university’s steady build up in its research capacity in sciences, technology, environment, agricultural sciences, social sciences and education through collaborations and partnerships with national, regional and international organisations.
Prof. Lugujjo however appealed to government to incorporate Ndejje University in donor funded research projects in order to sustain its research and quality delivery operations.