After 13 years of waiting, Kabale University has been granted a charter by the National Council for Higher Education (NHCE), the body responsible for over seeing operations of all tertiary institutions in Uganda.
The Kabale University Vice Chancellor, Prof Joy Kwesiga, made the announcement to students, graduands and parents during the university’s 8th graduation ceremony at the weekend.
At total of 1,150 students received certificates, diplomas, and degrees. A total of 70 graduated with masters degrees, 600 with bachelors, 400 with diplomas and 80 with certificates. Twenty graduates received special awards for getting first class degrees, at a ceremony presided over by the Chancellor, Prof George W Kanyeihamba.
Kabale University started in 2001 with 42 students and currently has about 4,000 students. Many of the alumni have faced challenges pursuing further studies, especially in public universities because the university was not chartered.
University records show that at least 1,000 students have been graduating every year since 2008.
“Stop the worries, NHCE has approved the charter application for Kabale University thus recognising the university awards. Go out with confidence and pride. Be full ambassadors of Kabale University everywhere you go and plan for further studies,” Prof Kwesiga said.
She also communicated the appointment of two new deputy vice chancellors; Prof Ezra Mishambi Twesigomwe as the in charge of academic affairs and Prof Allen Babugura as the in charge of finance and administration.
Prof Kanyeihamba hailed the parents for supporting their children through their studies.