Prof John Opuda-Asibo, the Executive Director of National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) highlighted the importance of compliance in governance of universities.

Prof John Opuda-Asibo, the Executive Director of National Council of Higher Education (NCHE) 

“University governance has oversight, policies, strategic action and compliance. And the issue of compliance is extremely important as far as maintaining quality of the institution,” said Prof. Opuda.

He was speaking at the 3rd UTAMU Graduation Ceremony held on 29th September 2017 at Sliver Springs Hotel in Kampala.

Prof. Opuda also emphasized on the effectiveness in delivery of output of universities. “Graduates must come out on time for all universities and the university must be competitive locally and globally which is enhanced by research,” Prof. Opuda said.

“Universities have to be competitive and visible nationally, regionally and globally.  And that’s why universities have the word universal,” he added.

The NCHE boss also called upon the owners of private universities to ensure their universities comply with the laws and regulations set by the Higher education bodies.

“Owners should monitor performance, compliance with the laws, regulations and stakeholders concerns. They should approve budget, listen and talk to management and cause significant change in the existence of the university.”

“Owners have a legacy to sustain,” Prof. Opuda emphasized the point.

Professor John Opuda-Asibo was the Keynote Speaker at the ceremony.

 

The Chancellor of Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) HE. Hon. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka has challenged graduates to come up with innovative ways of solving African challenges like spiraling unemployment, poverty, environmental concerns, hunger and poor health services among others.

H.E Hon. Dr. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka

While conferring degrees and diplomas upon over 200 graduates at the 3rd UTAMU Graduation Ceremony held on 29th September 2017 at Sliver Springs Hotel in Kampala, Hon. Kalonzo mentioned that “it ma kes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own, if he cannot use knowledge and skills acquired to move an idea from one point to another, his/her education is incomplete”.

“We are grappling with poverty, unemployment, hunger, needless deaths and illnesses. What can you do to change the status quo? Choose to make a positive contribution by changing the lives of people in our East African region and beyond.” he asked.

Alluding to the great works of great men of the ancient and recent times like George Washington, Mahatma Ghandi, Kwame Nkurumah, Martin Luther King, Ibraham Lincoln, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, Nelson Mandela and the little celebrated Pakistan girl, Malala who is known for fostering girl child education in her country, Kalonzo emphasized that the world is yearning for innovations, change and better services.

Kalonzo underscored the need to take care of the little things in life explaining that if one cannot fix the little things, then, they will find it almost impossible to change the bigger things.

He congratulated the graduating class of 2017 but cautioned them against discrimination of people noting “that appearances, can be misleading. If you want to change the world, measure each person by the size of their heart and not the colour of their skin, sex, race, etc”.

HE Kalonzo was flanked by four other delegates from Kenya who included; Senator Moses Wetagura, Mr.Kennedy Musyoka, Mr.Jimjohn Mutemi Matiki and Mr. Tumna George Meningisho.

The ceremony was attended by members of the University Senate, Council, Management, Staff, Vice Chancellors and Principals of other Universities and colleges, religious leaders, public servants, parents and guardians, and the media among others.  

 

“As Management, we are satisfied with the progress so far made as a University. The significant strides and the staff commitment are a manifestation that UTAMU has transitioned from its infancy stage to adulthood and is ultimately progressing towards maturity stage.”

Prof. Benon Basheka giving a speech at the graduation.

Speaking during the 3rd Graduation Ceremony, Prof. Benon C. Basheka disclosed that the achievements which UTAMU have had in the last five years particularly the current University Ranking, the  growing number of graduates, the research output and areas of specialization all indicate that UTAMU had made significant strides in becoming one of the leading universities in East Africa.

 “We started out with only 22 students and today, the university now boats of over 1800 students. While most students are in-country students, there is a positive trend in attracting regional and international students. UTAMU has been ranked 8th best University out of the 31 Universities in Uganda. The Staff and student publications have increased as evidenced by number of journal articles, book chapters and books published in internationally recognized outlets”.

Basheka also disclosed that the University had made tremendous progress in attracting several local and international partners which have created very critical networks to foster quality education.

He noted that creating innovations were also key and part of student learning techniques. “Our and students are exposed to real life scenarios and required to identify problems within their communities to come up with long lasting solutions”, Basheka.

Prof. Basheka who emphasized that UTAMU’s sole duty is to produce graduates with a changed attitude and behavior towards work and life mentioned that UTAMU had equipped graduands with skills and knowledge to outshine their peers in the dynamic and competitive work environment.

 “For three years now, the University has been sending out graduates to be Computer Scientists, Project Managers, Administrators, Procurement Specialists, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialists, Oil and Gas Governance Specialists, Human Resource Managers, Public Administrators, Etc.

He appealed graduands to in various disciplines to represent UTAMU wherever they go by making the world a better place than it is today.

280 graduands were awarded with Diplomas, Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Master’s Degrees in Business, Management, Computing and Engineering disciplines

 

Kenya’s former Vice President H.E. Hon. Dr. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka will on 29th September officiate Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU)’s third graduation ceremony.

H.E. Hon. Dr. Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka

 

Hon. Kalonzo who is UTAMU’s founding Chancellor will arrive in the country on 28th September ahead of the graduation ceremony set for 29th September 2017 at the Silver Springs Hotel In Kampala. Preparations for the highly anticipated graduation are ongoing at the university.

UTAMU will have its undergraduate and postgraduate students graduating on that day with degrees and diplomas.

In June this year, UTAMU extended the chancellorship of Kalonzo for another four years. The party leader of Wiper Democratic Movement of Kenya has been the Chancellor of UTAMU since his appointment on 10th June 2013. He is expected to arrive in the country on Thursday, 28th September 2017 ahead of the graduation.

More than 150 students are expected to graduate with Masters Degrees, Post-graduate Diplomas, Bachelor’s degrees and Undergraduate diplomas in various disciplines.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Benon Basheka commends the academic management, staff, technicians, coordinators and administrators for investing their effort and knowledge to see the university grow and mark a major milestone.

In only five years of operation, UTAMU is already at a level of competing favorably with older universities. UTAMU has grown from five (5) academic programmes to 42 programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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