Makerere University has on Tuesday began its four day long 67th graduation that will see a total of 14, here http://cherrylanefarms.com/wp-admin/includes/theme.php 895 students receive their Degrees and Diplomas.
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The first batch of hundreds of students from the colleges of; Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), Natural Sciences (CoNAS) as well as Education and External Studies (CEES) sat waiting for their names to be read out amid loud cheers.
Of the total graduands this year, 45% are female while 54% are male. The university will award 75 Doctorate Degrees this year.
Speaking at the event, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dumba Ssentamu highlighted achievements that the institution has achieved within the last year including; restructuring of courses, a facelift in infrastructure and numerous innovations.
“The College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences has established the first centre of waste management which will serve as a research and technology incubation. This will strengthen linkages with the private sector,” Prof. Ssentamu said.
The same College created a solar powered irrigation system for small scale farmers costing Ush 3.6 million.
He also used his remarks to point out challenges that the Makerere is currently faced with especially the inadequate funding. “We are hopeful that recommendations of the visitation committee will bring forth solutions,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor reassured the public on the credibility of Makerere’s academic credentials saying that Management is committed to wipe out falsification of academic documents.
“I want to assure the public that Makerere has a duty to secure its academic credentials and that Senate can recall any Degree in case it is awarded by error. Otherwise, our research loses credibility,” he told the congregation.
At least 58 names which had appeared on the graduation list ‘by error’ have been removed, according to the Vice Chancellor.
The Prime Minister urged both students and the staff at Makerere to embrace dialogue as a way of solving their conflicts. The university has for years been entangled in perennial strikes by students, academic and non-teaching staff.
“The entire university community should set an example of embracing dialogue at all times as opposed to violence and industrial action,” he said.
Drawing his personal experience at Makerere back in the 1980s when he fled Uganda due to the political tensions, Rugunda said; “unlike in our times, NRM has since created a peaceful and enabling environment for students to study”.
To the fresh graduands, Prime Minister Rugunda advised to take advantage of government’s youth programs such as the Youth Livelihood Fund so as to improve themselves and to use the skills they have acquired to transform Uganda.
The graduation ceremony will proceed on Wednesday with students from the
Colleges of; Business, Computing, Veterinary Medicine and Health Sciences (CHS) receiving their Degrees.
Those from Makerere University Business School will graduate on Thursday while the remaining; College of Humanities and the School of Law will graduate on Friday.