Break Makerere’s academic monopoly, minister tells Bishop Stuart University
Posted Sunday, October 13 2013 at 01:00
Mbarara- The administration of Bishop Stuart University should work to produce quality and competent graduates to break “the Ivory Tower Syndrome”, State Minister for Higher Education John Chrysostom Muyingo has said.
Speaking at the 9th graduation ceremony at the university, Mr Muyingo was making reference to Makerere, the country’s oldest university generally perceived to give the best education in Uganda.
He emphasised the need to equip students with life skills to help them create, rather than seek for jobs.
Mr Muyingo said such skills have been lacking in many graduates.
Students, parents and well wishers streamed to the university campus at Kakoba in Mbarara Municipality where 1,301 graduands were awarded degrees and diplomas in various disciplines.
The acting vice chancellor, Dr Solomon Nkesiga, said the university now boasts of 47 academic programmes and will soon start a Bachelor of Laws course.
The chancellor, the Rt Rev Sheldon Mwesigwa, told the graduands that education is very expensive but noted that the fruits surpass the cost.
“That degree or academic qualification is not only meant to unlock opportunities for employment but it is a life changing experience,” he said.
Prof Elly Sabiiti, the chairperson of the University Council, commended parents for their support towards their children’s education and for the close partnership in transforming the university.
About the university
Name: The university is named after Bishop Stuart, who was the Anglican Bishop in Uganda in the middle of the 20th Century.
The early days: The university started operations in 2003 at the campus of then Kakoba National Teacher’s College in Mbarara. Prior to the university attaining full accreditation, it arranged for its students to be awarded certificates, diplomas and degrees by Uganda Christian University.
New beginning: Kakoba National Teacher’s College ceased operations at the end of 2005 and in 2006, Bishop Stuart University took over the premises and grounds previously occupied by the teachers’ college.
Maiden graduation: In 2006, BSU held her maiden graduation ceremony. However, the certificates, diplomas and degrees were awarded by UCU. The first batch of students to graduate on BSU letterheads were the graduates of 2009.