University’s deliberate gender mainstreaming policy has produced results as females representing 51.7% graduate at the 19th congregation ceremony held today at Luwero Main Campus (October 13).
A total of 1,396 females out of 2,698 graduated with degrees and diplomas while 78 attained First Class qualification at the event officiated by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education and Sports Mr Alex Kakooza.
The Permanent Secretary represented Mrs. Janat Kataaha Museveni, who is also the Minister of Education and Sports.
In a speech read by the Permanent secretary, Mrs Museveni said the government will continue to partner with Ndejje University in promoting quality higher education and ensuring sustained capacity building and innovation.
The education minister’s remarks were in line with graduations theme: “Sustained Capacity, Building and Innovation as we Celebrate 25 Years of God’s Grace,”
“We have established enabling laws which guide education in the country involving prioritizing Early Childhood Development, Universal Primary Vocational Education and Universal Secondary Education,” she said.
Mrs. Museveni was happy about the mashrooming number of female that surpassed the male graduates and challenged them to be source of inspiration to other girls to embrace education.
She appealed to the graduates to utilize the skills acquired to establish enterprises or get employment to contribute to the country’s development.
While Conferring degrees and diplomas on the graduands, Ndejje University Chancellor Dr. KisambaMugerwa disclosed a new Ten- year Strategic Plan 2017/2026 due to be rolled out soon.
“The priority in the Plan is given to the identified pillars and more emphasis put on those pillars that have multiplier effect on all departments of the university” the Chancellor said.
He also announced the launch of a Doctoral Programme (PhD) in Business Management starting this academic year and the establishment of two new faculties – Health Sciences and Law in 2018 to bring the number to nine faculties.
While enumerating the numerous achievements attained as the University celebrates its silver jubilee of its existence, Dr. Kisamba said Ndejje had expanded its scope of operation from traditional teaching, research to skilling of its students.
“This gives Ndejje University a competitive advantage over graduates from elsewhere in the labour market,” the university supremo boasted.
The University Vice Chancellor, Prof. EriabuLugujjo unveiled huge landmarks as the university celebrates its silver jubilee both in academics, infrastructure and sports development.
He requested government to support the university in bid to secure low interest loans from international banks as it prepares to start the two new faculties next year as well release of 1b/- pledge by President Museveni towards training of science teachers.
The students population has doubled from 3000 students in 2009 to over 8000 students currently pursuing both undergraduate and post graduate studies in sciences, engineering and humanities.
The university being ranked 2nd best university twice among all public and private universities in Uganda and 1st among the private universities in the past three years.
Twenty five pioneer students under the Higher Education Students Financing Scheme graduating this year in Agriculture and Education while the other 115 pioneer students pursuing a 4-year engineering course set to graduate next year.
Forty students under the State House Scheme will also graduate next year out of a total of 1510 students who benefitted from this scheme.
The university has introduced skills training in all its programmes through extra-mural studies and having the largest number of accredited programmes from National Council of Higher Education.