On the 29th September 2017, five of the RUTAMU club members graduated with different courses from Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU). They all had different stories to share on how Rotaract has helped them during their course of study and after-math for some of them.

L-R: Arban Owomugisha, Swaburah Namugiga, Stella Nyamundu, Winnie Adenyero and Evelyn Nabiryo.

 

Below are their testimonies

Former RUTAMU President Arban owomugisha graduated with a first class in Bachelor of Oil and Gas Management. He joined Rotaract in 2015 and immediately served as the Vocational Service Director and later as President of the Club in 2016/17.

He is currently the IPP and Club Trainer.

IPP Arban says he currently has a job thanks to Rotaract and for upholding its goals. As a regular visitor at the Rotary Club of Bugolobi Morning Tides, he met his current employe who initially offered him an internship placement; when it was time for him to exit he was retained and currently works with a Petroleum company.

Arban also notes that he has gained lots of skill from being in Rotary circles and talking up leadership skills.

 

Swaburah  Namugiga graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics. She was invited to the club by IPP Arban omwomugisha in 2015. She immediately served as the Community Service Director, a position she held until 2016/17. She currently serves as the Vice President of RUTAMU.

Swaburah was the Rotaractor of the year 2016/17. It is because of Rotaract that she started Swabie’s Pilao, a business in which she offers best Piloa rice for all functions. She has also started a Moslem ushering company to provide decently dressed ushers. Swaburah through the mother club (Rc. Kampala Day Break) was chosen to represent the club at the 91st DCA in Entebbe.

She has represented the club in REI 2016, RYLA 2016 ROTS, Rotaract Peace fellowship and other Rotary and Rotaract projects, she has served on the RYLA Committee 2017. Swaburah is multitalented she plays footballer and can rap all Nick Minaj Songs.

 

Stella Nyamundu (Left) graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. She is a charter member and was invited to the club by CP Ivan Koreta at one of the fellowships. She only allowed to attend because she thought it was a Christian fellowship. She later loved the club activities and became a regular visitor. Stella served on the Finance Committee in 2015/16 and is currently the Treasurer in 2016/17.

Stella has a unique character. She is very humble, doesn’t over visit other clubs but is one of the most committed and hardworking members in the club. She has served on all organizing committees most notably the committee which organized the successful club Charter Night 2016/17, Car Wash Fundraiser 2016/17,  Installation Committee for the current board and the Bukasa ECD project committee.

Stella confesses to have earned her graduate trainee position at her current job placement after mentioning that she is a Rotaractor. She attended RLYA 2016, ROTS 2017 and has represented the club at a few other club activities.

 

 

Evelyn Nabiryo graduated with a Bachelor  of Oil and Gas Management. She joined the club in 2015. She has since served as the Secretary 2016/17 of the Club.

She loves her role and says it has helped her improve on her report writing skills. Evelyn is one of the most committed club members and equally very charming.

The RUTAMU Club has  been effective in reporting all its activities thanks to Evelyn.

 

 

 

Winnie Adenyero is a charter member and graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration.  She loves making friends and is partly why she joined Rotaract.

Winnie thanks the Rotaract Club of UTAMU for its friendship which has saw her through her time of study at the University.   She is currently serving as the Vocational Service Director of RUTAMU.

 

 

 

Joan Yesiga Jax Jex graduated with Bachelor of Oil and Gas Management. She loves the club and appreciates it for the friendship circles it has created for her. Joan is the Chair Finance Committee.

She currently works as a trainee at Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development under Internal Audit Unit in the Finance and Development department

 

 

RUTAMU is proud of all our members and we wish them all the best.

 

 

Article By:

Reachel Ainomugisha

Club Admin

RUTAMU 2017/18

 

 

Dwayne Peter Tuhairwe is a 3rd Year student who will be graduating on 29th September 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSCS).

Dwayne Peter Tuhairwe

After four (4) months of community engagement, he was retained and offered a job opportunity at Nile Breweries.  Peter shared his success story and his three year learning experience at UTAMU.

QN: Tell us about your current job, position held and what tasks you undertake.

Dwayne: I am currently working in the IT Department at Nile Breweries Uganda.  My work is mainly systems administration, troubleshooting user ICT problems, networking and maintenance, computer repairs and website administration.

QN: How did you get that job yet you were still a student?

Dwayne: First of all, I had no connections. I just woke up one morning, went to Nile Breweries and I requested the officer to allow me to work as an intern in their organization. I was so happy when they took me in. I was given tasks which I undertook. Later, the organization communicated that they needed to outsource someone to revamp their website. I told them I could do the work. They thought I was an amateur but on contrary, I asked them to give me a chance. I had to compete with three other people. My works marveled them. There I was! They decided to hire me.

QN: Congratulations, you are working with one of the biggest organizations in Uganda, what skills did you employ to win the favour of your bosses to the extent of retaining you or offering you a job opportunity?
Dwayne:
Commitment to my assignments, resilience and innovation. I have learnt that skills can take you places. Not the money.

QN: Besides the job offer, what other benefits can you site that have come in as a result of community engagement?
Dwayne:
I have met and interacted with industry experts which has increased my contact base. I have since obtained who inspire me.

QN: Do you think the UTAMU Teaching and learning system is effective in making students job creators?

Dwayne: UTAMU introduced me to the latest technology. The mode of delivery triggers students to be innovative, to learn more on their own as opposed to depending on what is given in class. The course was practical.

Dwayne: Do you have a mentor? Does anyone inspire you?
QN:
Dr. Johnson Mwebaze! I want to be a code professional that he is.

QN: Any advice for students who don’t value community engagement ?
Dwayne:
I believe the opportunities are there. We just have to be shrewd, aggressive and go getters. A job will not find you in your comfort zones. You must look for it. Also, students must aim at acquiring more skills and knowledge beyond class work. In your spare time, go to YouTube, teach yourself something. Remember many graduates have academic papers and every employer will ask you why they should hire you.

QN: After everything else is forgotten? What will you remember UTAMU for?

Dwayne: I want to mention that I will be enrolling a master’s course right after graduation. But also, if you scanned through Universities in Uganda, you realize that UTAMU appeals to the digital generation. The Elearning platform enables students to study anytime anywhere. The case studies given to us by lecturers trigger us to learn more on our own.  

 

 

Ali Egesa, a Bachelor of Science in Mobile Computing and Communications graduate Class of 2017 hails education offered at UTAMU because of its practicability. He says studying at UTAMU had gained him hands-on ICT skills which enabled him get a job at Uganda Police Force and Voitech Uganda LTD before he could even finish his degree.

Ali Egesa, a Bachelor of Science in Mobile Computing and Communications graduate - Class of 2017 

Below is the chat he had with the UTAMU News team.

QN: Tell us about your current job, position held and what tasks you undertake.

Ali: I am currently working with ICT maintenance Department at Uganda Police Force and Voitech Uganda LTD. I am a site support engineer and client engagement officer. I do troubleshooting of telecommunications systems, designing the architectural network, installations, maintenance and repairs of telecommunication systems.

QN: How did you get that job yet you were still a student?

Ali: I got this job when I was still doing my industrial training with Uganda Telecommunication LTD. I was sent to a client’s site to troubleshoot the fixed networks and repair the fault landlines on site. At the job site, the client was impressed with what I had done (ICT maintenance) and they decided to retain me as their site supporting engineer since I even had a background of mobile computing and communications.

QN: Congratulations, you are working with one of the biggest organizations in Uganda, what skills did you employ to win the favour of your bosses to the extent of retaining you or offering you a job opportunity?
Ali: Commitment to assignments, delivering services to clients 24/7, team work, good customer care and also treating clients as my bosses.

QN: Besides the job offer, what other benefits can you site that have come in as a result of community engagement?
Ali: I have been able to interact with Technical experts especially in Telecommunications and Electrical engineering industry which has inspired me to work harder and achieve my dream.

QN: Do you think the UTAMU Teaching and learning system is effective in making students job creators?

Ali: Yes. Studying at UTAMU introduced me to the latest technology modules of teaching both practical and theoretical.

Qn: Do you have a mentor? Does anyone inspire you?

Ali: Yes. Professor Jude Lubega (Deputy Vice Chancellor, UTAMU) and Dr. Drake Mirembe (Deadn School of Professional and Vocation Education, UTAMU)

QN: Any advice for students who don’t value community engagement?
Ali: Opportunities are out there and I encourage all students to go for community engagement so that they can acquire more skills and knowledge in practical work to fit in the 21st industry.

QN: After everything else is forgotten? What will you remember UTAMU for?

Ali: The unique E-learning platform which enables students to study anytime anywhere and team work.



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Ivan Peter Otim is a 3rd year student at UTAMU pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science set to graduate at the 2017 Graduation Ceremony scheduled for 29th September.

Ivan Peter Otim (Bsc. Computer Science)

He commends UTAMU for giving him a platform to learn more about innovations through scheduled inside and outside events.

“This shaped my mind on being creative and build a desire to innovate as a contribution to solving various problems facing our communities. I have been able to create several social innovative ideas focusing on children and youth, which has helped me envision every young person with a voice, access to media, infrastructure and an opportunity to express themselves in marginalized communities,” adds Otim.

Details are reproduced in the interview which UTAMU News had with Mr. Otim.

QN: Tell us about yourself (brief background about your life/schools)

Otim: I’m a born-again Christian, a 5th born of my mother’s 7 children. I originate from Soroti district, however spent most of my childhood in Kampala, raised specifically in Banda near Kyambogo. I went to Kyambogo Primary School, for my primary education, then later Joined Kyambogo College School for 6 years. I applied to study at UTAMU in September 2013, and I’m happy to be one of the graduates on its 2nd graduation ceremony!

I’m passionate about ICT, and joining UTAMU enabled me discover so much about my relationship with computers, and how I can take a role in their impact today. I believe we are in an era where technology determines the perspective of the world’ changes today.

I’m a children’s and youth worker, and I desire to contribute to the creation of better stories for children and young people, especially those living in marginalized communities.  I love taking part in community outreaches, Christian missions, soccer, and I have an interest in public speaking. Among a number of other things!

QN: Which course were you doing at UTAMU?

Otim: I was pursuing a Bachelor of Science of Computer Science.

QN: What attracted you to study at UTAMU?

Otim: The quality of the teaching methods and the expertise of the staff members. I also got attracted by the fact that their tuition payment plan was favorable compared to other institutions.

QN: Is there anything special UTAMU has contributed or exposed you to in your life/career ever since you started studying from there?

Otim: So many things! At UTAMU, I was able to learn more about innovations through scheduled inside and outside events. This shaped my mind on being creative and build a desire to innovate as a contribution to solving various problems facing our communities. I have been able to create several social innovative ideas focusing on children and youth, which has helped me envision every young person with a voice, access to media, infrastructure and an opportunity to express themselves in marginalized communities. I have been gathering several resources, and intend to implement this idea soon, starting with my own community at Banda.

QN: In what ways can UTAMU assist you to better your life or business/startup if you have any?

Otim: Well, I suggest that UTAMU continues to organize workshops intended to equip young innovators and entrepreneurs with skills and knowledge of the current trends in technology and business.

 

 

 

QN: Did the training attained at UTAMU in any way motivate or contribute to you starting this business/startup?

Otim: Yes it did! Participation in the mandatory community engagement every year gave me an insight of the gaps to fill in the community challenges, and also several business opportunities.

QN: What is your perception about the teaching and learning model of UTAMU?

Otim: It’s unmatched! The eLearning model of learning is very flexible and helps a student acquire from anywhere, as long as they can sign in! I believe if practicality is more emphasized, the model will beat several world standards!

QN: What is your philosophy in life

"You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them."

QN: What message would you give to your fellow students?

Otim: One is to trust God who has placed them where they are, you’re not there by mistake, believe he will take you through no matter the challenges you face. First, graduation isn’t a major achievement at the end of your course period, it’s a celebration for every completion of course works, sacrifices, sleepless nights, discussions, research and consultations. Keep graduating in each of those that will lead you to a blissful ending.

 

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