Kampala. The State minister for Higher Education, Dr John Chrysestom Muyingo, has asked Aga Khan University graduates to be creative and start businesses to supplement their income.
He applauded the university for its contribution in the delivery of quality education and encouraged the alumni to advance their studies, marry when young and use their skills to start businesses.
“Remember knowledge is power. Graduation is a moment to reflect on what you have achieved. Add value to what you have, marry early. Be business-minded. Gone are the days when doctors could depend on only a salary,” Dr Muyingo said.
He added: “Be creative. It doesn’t matter what you have studied. What matters is what you are going to do with this skill you have. There are failures in every profession.
“But there are also successful people in almost every profession. Don’t drink (alcohol). All you need is to be disciplined.”
Aga Khan University president, Mr Firoz Rasul, said they are in talks with the government to construct a new teaching hospital that will supplement the latter’s effort in the delivery of quality healthcare.
He was speaking at the institution’s 16th graduation. Ninety-four students were conferred masters and bachelor degrees and awarded diplomas in nursing and education.
The planned hospital, to be built in Kampala’s Eastern Nakawa outskirt, will have student housing and a lecture buildings. Besides training doctors, nurses, and midwives, the new institution will offer tailored skilling for journalists, communicators and teachers.
“With the support of President Yoweri Museveni, the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, and other members of government, we are working hard on our largest project ever here; construction of a new Aga Khan University Hospital in Kampala. …it will deliver international-quality care in fields ranging from obstetrics to oncology (cancer),” Mr Rasul told the congregation at Kampala Serena Hotel.
Mr Simon Batte, speaking on behalf of the students, said they were ready to embrace technology and take up leadership positions to transform the healthcare system.
The East Africa Aga Khan University communications manager, Ms Carol Gatura Oyola, said their plan is to construct 101 beds in the first phase which will eventually grow to 600 beds.
Cumulative grade. Ms Alexandria Nalwanga was recognised as the best Nursing student with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.93 while Ms Hellen Titin, a Bachelor of Science Midwifery student and Ms Hannat Bukirwa, Diploma in General Nursing programme each had a CGPA of 4.78.