It’s You to Improve Service Delivery Not Foreigners, Makerere Chancellor tells Graduands

The Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Ezra Suruma has called on fresh graduates to use the skills and knowledge they have acquired in their course of study to innovate better ways of delivering services to the masses in Uganda.

Alluding to the significance of Makerere on the continent and world over, approved he said that Uganda expects a lot from the graduands in the country’s quest to solve the day to day challenges.

Prof. Suruma made the remarks on the second day of the university’s 67th graduation ceremony where a total of 4, medical 483 graduands from the colleges of; Business, Computing, Veterinary and Health Sciences received their Diplomas and Degrees. In total, Makerere will graduate 14,897 students this year. Of these, 75 will be awarded Doctorate Degrees while 261 have First Class Degrees.

He told the thousands of graduands who converged in the Freedom Square;

“It is not foreigners who are going to improve the quality of services. It is you.”

“Graduates of the College of Computing and Information Sciences have a huge challenge to bring all the people of Uganda into the information age. It is you to set up electoral processes that are free and fair, it is you to work out technologies to bring information and knowledge to our people,” Prof. Suruma said.

Making reference to the ailing health care system that Uganda is grappling with, the Chancellor implored the newly commissioned medics to find ways of reducing the high prevalence rates of cancer and malaria.

“We desperately need affordable and effective health insurance systems. We have to invent this here,” he said adding that what Uganda is lacking are creative minds and geniuses.

Graduands were also challenged to make an impact in other peoples’ lives by exhibiting acts of kindness in what the Chancellor referred to as “a sad, broken and indifferent world”.

“I believe that every human being has the capacity to love – in other words to make a difference in someone else’s life. That way, perhaps we can make Uganda inch by inch a little less harsh and a little more humane.”

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Dumba Sentamu highlighted some of the successes and innovations registered by the university through its colleges.

The College of Health Sciences for example using a USD 500,000 grant has established the first Optometry teaching laboratory at the Mulago teaching hospital. The university also introduced a Bachelor’s Degree in Optometry which entails examination of the eyes for visual defects and prescribing corrective lenses.


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