The Minister for Higher Education Chrysostom Muyingo has lauded the role of private institutions of higher learning in increasing access to education in Uganda.
He said private universities have made it easy for the underprivileged to afford education as well as enhancing gender inclusion which wasn’t the case in the past.
Hon. Muyingo made the remarks while officiating at the 81st Graduation ceremony for Ndejje University at the main campus in Luweero on Friday.
A total of 2, sildenafil http://contemporarydancevideos.com/wp-content/plugins/sharebar/sharebar-admin.php 800 students will Friday be conferred upon Bachelors Degrees, http://csautomation.net/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/cli/class-wc-cli-tax.php Diplomas and Post graduate Diplomas, the biggest number of graduands in the history of the 25 year private religious institution.
“Previously, we had only one university (Makerere) in Uganda but due to the good leadership of the NRM government, we have seen many private universities emerge. Currently, they are 39 in total. This has increased enrolment of students in higher education including girls,” Minister Muyingo said.
He appealed to private institutions to explore the opportunities presented by e-learning towards quality education in addition to invest more in research.
“Universities continue to be faced with challenges such as strikes, underfunding and decreased quality of education. We want to believe that the research undertaken here can help find solutions to these problems,” he said.
According to Ndejje University’s Vice Chancellor Prof. Eriabu Lugujjo, 52.1% of this year’s graduants are females while 47.9% are males. A total of 39 students attained First Class Degrees in the various disciplines.
As his powers demand, Friday’s ceremony was constituted by the university Chancellor Dr. Wilberforce Kisamba Mugerwa.
In his remarks, Prof. Lugujjo highlighted the achievements registered by the university including being ranked 2nd best in Uganda after Makerere University earlier in July. A recent study placed Ndejje in 42nd position in Africa.
“We have also increased internet access through several hotspots and had an aerial optical fibre cable installed,” the Vice Chancellor said adding that a Bachelors Degree in Biblical studies was introduced to address the deteriorating moral values.
To the graduands, Prof. Lugujjo cautioned; “You begin a journey of life. It will be full of challenges, possibilities and uncertainties. You have an important role of becoming good ambassadors, to promote high integrity and apply the principle of quality assurance.”
The ceremony was attended by army MP Gen. Elly Tumwiine, Minister without Portfolio Hajji Abdul Nadduli, several other Members of Parliament and religious leaders.