Kampala University the Capital’s Chartered University yesterday passed out over 2000 graduates from different faculties at their 19th graduation ceremony held at their main campus in Ggaba.

Presided over by the University’s Chancellor Hon.Prof.George Mondo Kagonyera , Vice Chancellor Badru Ddungu Katerega and graced by the Vice-President of the Republic of Uganda H.E Rtd. Major Jessica Rose Epel Alupo as the Chief guest, the colorful function saw many walk away with certificates, diplomas, degrees and masters.

Out of the total graduating figure, 1419 are male representing 59% while 996 are female representing 41%, 42 graduates managed to pass with first class degrees.

1855 graduates were Ugandans representing 76.81%, 119 are Kenyans representing 4.93%, 115 are Tanzanians 4.76%, 04 are Burundians representing 0.17%,  153 are Somalis 6.34%,  23 are Nigerians representing 0.95% ,  129 are South Sudanese 5.34%,   18 are Rwandese representing 0.54%,  02 are Ethiopians representing 0.08%,  01 Congolese representing 0.04% and 01 Malawian representing 0.04%.

The graduates are from the faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Arts and Social Sciences, Education, Industrial Art and Design, Natural Science and school of post graduate studies.

All graduates have been studying at our Main Campus in Ggaba, Luweero Campus, Masaka Campus, Jinja Campus and Mutundwe Campus.

In her message at the graduation, the Vice president Jessica Alupo assured of government’s commitment to extend more grants to both public and private Universities to boost research and innovation

“Unfortunately, majority of the private universities are incapacitate to access and benefit from this fund. I therefore encourage all private universities to create local and international networks to gain technical and financial assistance needed to rebuild higher education and research capacity”- Alupo Said.

Alupo further appealed to the graduands to remain focused and embrace government programs

“I appeal to you to remain focused and help promote government programmes like the Village Parish Development Model (PDM) in your respective communities through training and executing any other consultancy services highly needed for it’s implementation”- Alupo Said

In his speech, the University vice chancellor Prof Badru Ddungu Katerega lauded government or providing loans to needy students to study in chartered institutions like Kampala University.

“These loans do not only provide needy students with access to equitable higher education but add a decent academic value to them”- Prof Katerega said.

He also expressed concern over the declining number of loan scheme students, a trend he said has been visible over the last three years

“For the last three years, universities are witnessing a scarily continuous decline in the number of loan scheme students as far as their selection and consideration by the authority is concerned. The government should consider steadily increasing on these numbers rather than the contrary”- Said Prof Katerega

Katerega further called called upon government to consider supporting Kampala University owing it’s contribution to the country’s workforce and development  in it’s 23 years of existence.

“Over 30,000 have gone through the gates of this institution and majority of them are well placed. This is a clear manifestation that Kampala University is in the basked of institutions that deserve support especially in the fields of research, innovation and infrastructure development”-said Prof Katerega

He also at the same ceremony to reaffirm his earlier stance that the Kampala University Juba branch had been closed because of failure by the authorities in Juba to offer the institution requisite license and accreditation.

Prof Katerega said this in reaction to a recent saga involving a section of South Sudanese Students who rose up in arms protesting against Kampala University’s failure to graduate them.

“Kampala University sought to extend it’s operations in South Sudan and we heavily invested in infrastructure and other services but the authorities in South Sudan declined to give us a license. We took painful decision to suspend our operations there” Prof Katerega noted

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