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Ndejje University International Students have been challenged to add value to their status as home ambassadors to remain globally relevant.

Mr. David Bensel, an Austrian Water Research and Development consultant, made the remarks while presiding over the International Students’ Cultural Day celebration hosted at the university’s Luwero Main Campus. The theme of the celebration was “Consolidating Collaboration, Innovation and Internationalisation of Higher Education.” The Austrian expert based at Ndejje University Water and Research Centre called on the students to address the many challenges of the globalised world.

“At one point your family, donors and yourselves may ask whether your education and investment is worth it. It is therefore important that you add value to education and your true identity. This therefore calls for hard work, respect and integrity. And none of you should be afraid of the future, especially since you know your identity. Your identity is not based on your CGPA or job prospects but on who you are,” said Mr. Bensel. The University’s Dean of Students, Mr. Wilfred Muhumuza said the celebration theme was in line with the university’s strategic objective of increasing its visibility on the international front . He hailed the financial discipline of the international students in meeting promptly their tuition obligation which has consequently improved the university’s service delivery. “You have generally exhibited high code of conduct in both financial and general discipline which has provided harmony in the university,” the Dean said. NUISA organized several activities to celebrate the day which included ushering in a new NUISA executive headed by Donata Uwimana and awarding of certificates of appreciation to the outgone executive led by Jacob Lukadi Zacharia.
The activities also included cultural dances from South Sudan, Rwanda and Uganda among others. The new NUISA Chairperson Donata Uwimana pledged to promote the body in the university and also connect it to the rest of the world. Outgoing Chairman Lukadi on his part reported several activities implemented by NUISA which comprised offering community service through planting trees, schools outreach programmes, toilet cleaning, rubbish collection and disposal.
He said the association has strived to realize the Global Social Development Agenda 2030 by deliberate injection of knowledge, skills and attitudes through fraternization and transformation efforts. “We have tried to solidify our unity in diversity to think together and act together to able to influence a wider range of societal spectrum where a lot is expected from us,” Lukadi said. He challenged the new executive to ensure sustainability of the association’s objectives, values and principles in line with the university’s. “Ensure that we strive spiritually, morally and academically to register a good number of First Class students like in the previous years,” said outgoing Chairman He disclosed NUISA 10-year business Strategic Plan which includes establishing a jet-car washing bay, lobbying the university administration to supply undergraduates gowns and securing a 5-acre land for tree planting.
The Ndejje University International Students Association was formed in 2007 under the motto “Unity and friendship across the world.”

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