President Mkapa Cautions Ugandan Graduates on Recolonization

Cavendish University Chancellor, Benjamin Mkapa

Former Tanzanian President and Cavendish University-Uganda Chancellor, sale Benjamin Mkapa has highlighted the need to improve creativity and innovation among youths or else Africa risks being economically recolonized.

This he noted while presiding over the 6th graduation ceremony at Cavendish University- Uganda where a total of 1368 students were passed out at Speke Resort Munyonyo on Friday.

Mkapa said it is the role of every private university to capitalize on its potential to widen access to higher education without pushing the burden to government.

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Cavendish University graduands

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“Cavendish University-Uganda is at the centre of the production of highly skilled labor and research which is required in entrepreneurship skills and demands; the University is playing a pivotal role in training skilled personnel to work in both private and public sector, ” Mkapa said.

The former Tanzanian president observed, “The experts tell us that Africa is experiencing and will continue to experience rapid population growth and even with double digit growth in industry, there will not be enough jobs for our youths.”

“This means that as we invest in education; all universities must train their students to be innovative, creative and entrepreneurial; we must stop looking to developed countries for the solution, the next professional skill or the next innovation to address Africa’s challenges.”

Mkapa added, “We must train our youth to invent the next solutions, careers and the next big thing; we have heard over and over that Africa is on the auspices of greatness but to whose advantage, who is ridging our greatness.”

“If we don’t think and innovate, we will simply be recolonized but this time economically.”

While delivering the Education Minister’s speech, the Minister for General Duties, Mary Karoro Okurut said that the government of Uganda values education which is witnessed in the number of higher education institutions that are opening up which now support the Public universities in nurturing the next generation of this country.

She further asked the graduates to exhibit higher levels of honesty and trust in God for their next journey toward the job market.



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