Uganda industries have been challenged to finance universities to do research towards solving the country’s economic impediments to producing better products. The Managing Director National Water and Sewerage Corporation, Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha made the call while officiating at the
Ndejje University 20th (B) Graduation held today at Luwero Main Campus.
A total of 908 graduands received certificates, diplomas, undergraduate and Post graduate degrees. 657 (70%) of all graduates are females while 251 (30%) were males which clearly show positive results in the university’s gender mainstreaming efforts. The chief guest said many entities in the country continue to suffer from four areas which include deficiency in managerial practices without adequate propensity to change and embracing the philosophy of continuous improvement through learning and innovation.

“There is an opaque curtain wall between what the industry and universities are offering in research and development yet the latter is the engine of innovations,” Dr. Eng. Mugisha said. He said the industry want practical solutions and yet the universities were stuck with academic researchers to simplify achievement of scholarly objectives.

“These issues require close collaborative working between universities and industries in promoting avenues of reciprocity and industry processes,” said Eng. Mugisha in relationship to graduation theme. “Consolidating, Collaboration, Innovation and Internationalisation of Higher Education” He commissioned the graduates to embrace career growth not only in derivative of education knowledge but also skills acquired through attitudinal competences.

The University Chancellor, Prof. Wilberforce Kisamba Mugerwa said there was need to internationalise the achievements in research, innovation and collaboration to provide the university the desired mileage and visibility. “We believe internationalization is the way to go for Ndejje University to achieve its goals towards addressing the community and national economic transformation,” said the Chancellor.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eriabu Lugujjo disclosed the introduction of the Faculty of Health Sciences starting with the August 2019 intake at the Main campus and the Faculty of Law awaiting accreditation by National Council of Higher Education. He said the university has made significant inroads in academics and development guided by the 10-year Strategic Plan 2017/18 – 2027/28 anchored on eight pillars.

Notably among the achievements include opening a Water Research Centre that looks towards finding a lasting solution to water problems in the country, promotion of knowledge generation, innovations and outreach services. The university also expanded the ICT infrastructure and capacity which introduced efficiency in academic results processing, issuing provisional results slips and full integration of new financial management System with the banks without using bank slips.