Museveni concerned about quality of university education

President Museveni directed that Ms. Nakyambade, who is an Enrolled Nurse, should be given a job. File photo

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  • Dr Ahmad Kawesa Sengendo, the Rector Islamic University in Uganda, said as a university they are fully aware of the challenges of living and working in the knowledge driven 21st century, which requires academic institutions to prepare students to have the capacity to be creative and innovative.
  • Dr Abdulaziz Alsebail, the Islamic University in Uganda Council chairperson, said the 28th University council meeting drafted a strategy dubbed IUIU Vision 2020.

President, Yoweri Museveni has expressed concern on the quality of graduates being churned out by universities and other institutions of higher learning in the country.

Museveni expressed his dissatisfaction in a speech read for him by Vice president Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi at the 24th graduation ceremony of Islamic University in Uganda held on Saturday.
A total of 2,672 students graduated in different academic disciplines at Islamic University in Uganda main campus in Mbale.
Museveni noted that while access to higher education is no longer a challenge in the country, the quality of graduates is wanting.

Museveni said it is as a result of this, that government is focusing on vocational skills development to bridge the gap.
Museveni also expressed the need for more science and technology based programs, arguing that the 21st century is driven by unprecedented advances in science and technology as well as research and development.

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The president called upon universities to review their curricular to ensure that they incorporate skills in their academic programs, saying this is vital in the struggle to transform Uganda to a middle income society.

Dr Ahmad Kawesa Sengendo, the Rector Islamic University in Uganda, said as a university they are fully aware of the challenges of living and working in the knowledge driven 21st century, which requires academic institutions to prepare students to have the capacity to be creative and innovative.
He said the university is going to consolidate the gains made so far to focus more attention on science and technology programs.

Dr Abdulaziz Alsebail, the Islamic University in Uganda Council chairperson, said the 28th University council meeting drafted a strategy dubbed IUIU Vision 2020.
He said the vision has the objectives of establishing a greater number of science and technology based programs, improving teaching and learning facilities for all programmes among others.

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