Wednesday November 3 2010

Bugema University graduates told to start private projects

By Isaac Khisa

Bugema University Chancellor Dr John Kakembo has advised graduates to engage in entrepreneurship activities to generate income for their living.

Presiding over the 16th graduation ceremony at Bugema on Sunday, the chancellor told the 460 graduands to be involved in income generating activities instead of waiting for employment.

“Now that Bugema University has imparted knowledge and skills in you, don’t sit down because the job is taking long to come on your way. Start your entrepreneurship projects now to enable you survive,” Dr Kakembo said. He revealed that the university is committed to expanding its curriculum both at the main campus and upcountry learning centers in an effort to extend education closer to the people.

The president of Washington Adventist University in Maryland, USA, Dr Weymouth Spence urged graduates to set up projects to improve their livelihood but also warned against indiscipline, saying it will block their way to success.

“No matter how intelligent you are, only your action will lead to your destiny,” Dr Spence said. The American educationist said perseverance is crucial and the world outside school is hard, necessitating early planning to ensure success. University Vice Chancellor Prof Patrick Manu was also awarded a certificate as recognition for the institution’s good leadership.

The Seventh Day Adventist institution, is fully accredited as a university by the Adventist Accrediting Association based in Maryland, USA. Bugema University is home to 3,000 students from 17 countries. The majority of the students come from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia..

The university is recently introduced Masters degree programmes in Education, Management, Counseling Psychology and Development Studies after the International Board of Education officially allowed the university to operate.

There are 5 public and 22 private universities in Uganda. These institutions generate thousands of graduates who can’t be absorbed into formal employment.

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