Kampala International University holds 24th Graduation Ceremony in a Scientific way.

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Vice Chancellor KIU, Prof.Dr.Mouhamad Mpezamihigo delivering his Speech during the 24th  graduation. Courtesy Photo.

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Seventeen Students passed in first Class.

A total  of 3431  were awarded in different disciplines.

Details  are in the Speeches below:

Vice Chancellor (also mandated to stand-in for the Chancellor) SPEECH at the 24th GRADUATION CEREMONY OF KAMPALA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY HELD ON SATURDAY 20 th November 2021.

Recognition and Greetings The Chief Guest, Hon. Maj Gen. (Rtd). Kahinda Otafire, The Hon. Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Uganda,

Hon Cabinet and State Ministers;

Hon Members of Parliament;

Your Excellencies Ambassadors and High Commissioners,

Local and Central Government Leaders,

Chairman and Members of the Board of Trustees;

The Chancellor, Kampala International University;

Chairperson and Members of the University Council;

The KIU University Senate,

Vice Chancellors and Representatives of Vice Chancellors of Other Universities;

Deputy Vice Chancellors, other Members of KIU Management, and staff of KIU; Alumni of Kampala International University (KIU);

Distinguished International guests and partners Parents, guardians, donors and other sponsors, Continuing students and;

The Graduands: our honoured guests for this ceremony;

Members of the Press and media houses;

all other stakeholders of KIU, and the general public wherever you are in the World;

Ladies and Gentlemen in your respective capacities, Welcome and appreciation.

Left:Prof.Lydia Emuron,acting Deputy Vice Chancellor,KIU Western Campus and a team of Professors at the 24th Graduation. Courtesy Photo.

I take this opportunity to welcome you all to the 24 th Graduation Ceremony (and the 3rd. KIU Virtual ceremony for that matter) held on Saturday 20 th November 2021. We are indeed thankful to the Almighty God for making this possible under the sustained Covid-19 Pandemic challenges.

Let me also deliver the sincere apologies of the Chancellor, Prof Mahmood Mamdani, who for unavoidable reasons is unable to preside over this ceremony.

Students who passed in first Class. Courtesy Photo.

He has delegated me as the Vice Chancellor, to preside over and fulfill the statutory requirements, as provided for in the University Charter (2009), Article 41, clause 2(e), that states, “in the absence of the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor shall preside over ceremonial assemblies and confer degrees and other academic titles and distinctions of the University Charter”.

Graduands  pose for a Photo infront of the Library.Courtesy Photo.

I thank the Chancellor for his continuous support and guidance in his oversight functions to the University. He has advised that, “it is worthwhile for graduands and all our participants in today’s ceremony to reflect on the effects of the never-ending pandemic and plan effective strategies on how to deal with this protracted crisis as part of a larger community”.

I warmly welcome our Chief Guest, and thank him for accepting to officiate at this graduation ceremony despite his busy schedule. I also take this opportunity to thank the Chairman Board of Trustees Al-Haj Dr Hassan Basajjabalaba, and Members of the Board for the continued financial and material support, and for creating an enabling environment of mutual consultations, guidance and continuous dialogue for the smooth running and good progress of the University.

Three of the Seven PhDs . Left: Dr. Mundu Mustafa- (Renewable Energy); Dr. Owade- Joan Adongo (Conflict Resolution and Peace Building); Dr. Benson Tukundane (Management- Finance and Account).All are  staff of KIU under staff development scheme.Courtesy Photo.

Let me sincerely thank Prof Fred Wabwire-Manghen, the Chairperson and Members of the University Council and recognize each member’s contribution despite their heavy national and international obligations. I applaud Members of the University Senate and Management at both the main and western campuses for being part of my dynamic and highly focused team.

Your efforts are hereby recognized.

Please carry on and do not tire. I also thank all staff (academic, administrative and support) who have shown the highest level of resilience in the hard times. Indeed you are the fittest amidst the turbulent and tough Covid-19 situation. You have sacrificed your all, to keep KIU flying high.

We can only say to you, “Thank you and Congratulations for demonstrating your unwavering commitments to the institution”. I warmly welcome the team of TAC Volunteers and those about to join the KIU fraternity as supported by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

 

So far 21 have arrived , while about 30 more will be arriving before the end of November 202, all adding to our human resources. Uganda is a very hospitable country, please enjoy your service at KIU and the community at large.

 

We will be there to assist you to quickly settle. We are indeed grateful to the government of Nigeria through the Nigeria High Commission and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of both Uganda and Nigeria. In the same vein, I welcome all new staff and thank all those who continue to serve or have served the University in the recent past.

 

On this occasion, I would like to thank all our continuing students and the Guild Leaders for being resilient, listening and understanding. I know, there are a number of inconveniences that have risen out of the new normal and a number of disruptions in your studies.

 

For example, some of you were unable to take advantage of the online learning and assessments. Others faced different forms of challenges. These are not in any way deliberate or intended, but are a 5 consequence of the pandemic.

 

Our experiences make us better by the day and all we need from you is to keep your feedback flowing to the relevant University offices as we try to fix all issues that may hinder or delay your academic progress.

 

What does the future hold amidst the persistent Covid-19 Pandemic disruptions?- The outbreak of the pandemic has shown that the human race remains prone to natural occurrences. Covid-19 has leveled all of us to be universal, at the least, the scare it has caused has made all of us to have a common focus on the importance of our existence.

 

Indeed the fight against Covid-19 is an existential one, regardless of your location in the World. Although it has caused devastation in education, like many other sectors of life, it is not all bad because some opportunities have come to surface.

Mr. Ambrose Kibuuka,Representative of the  KIU Chairman Board Of  Trustees. Courtesy Photo.

For example, previously, education institutions, particularly in Africa and some Asian countries, attached little or no importance to the uptake of digital technologies as a tool to enhance teaching, research and community outreaches.

Under the current circumstances, it is no longer an option. Just like the importance attached to physical infrastructure prior to the pandemic, it is now prudent for institutional investments in ICTs and Digital Technologies in a collaborative way.

 

In my recent inaugural lecture for my Professorship from the Academic Union of Oxford, I proposed the concept of Cooperation and not Competition as the way to go in the globalized world. The other idea is to apply what I term reverse linkages in which institutions that are advanced in some aspects and niches collaborate with those that need to be uplifted.

At the national level, the KIU University Council has directed that the University Management seeks to establish partnerships with institutions in 6 Uganda, as we continue to pursue international partners.

In this spirit, through a memorandum of understanding and agreement between Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) and KIU, the Board of Trustees has offered 24 graduate scholarships to build the capacity of IUIU Medical School and their upcoming Faculty of Engineering and Technology. Selected staff of IUIU will pursue Masters Degrees in Medicine, Biomedical Sciences and Engineering at KIU.

We already have memoranda of Understanding with Kyambogo University and other institutions in Uganda, in addition to IUIU. Resilience builds hope At KIU, we have continued to reconfigure our systems to cope with the new normal.

 

Our students and staff have shown the highest level of resilience in the current circumstances and for that we are grateful. The basics of evolution speak to survival for the fittest, and at the moment, institutions have a huge task to sustain their survival. Many students may have fallen victims of temporary diversion from their education dreams.

 

For instance, we have had stories of young girls becoming mothers, while young boys have fast tracked their ascendance to fatherhood. Such young parents need psycho-social support to help them juggle their new roles and continuity of their education aspirations.

My advice to the affected individuals is to get back to school when the opportunity avails itself, and plan accordingly, while parents, guardians and sponsors are called upon to restart their support to students to ensure the dreams are realized.

There is a need for all of us to embrace technology, and for sponsors, guardians and parents not to take the acquisition of smart gadgets as a luxury anymore, but a necessity and a must have for the student.

 

This will facilitate the quick uptake of technology to facilitate learning. Come to KIU and lets talk and find a solution together. Our admissions are open for new intakes. 7 Research and Publications I take this opportunity to congratulate all our staff who continue to publish their scholarly works and contribute to global knowledge.

 

Our research output continues to improve significantly and is recognized on the global scene. The University hopes to increase its research budget and vibrancy to meet the research budget demands, especially for Covid-19 related interventional research, and with the guidance of the Council Committee of Research and Innovation.

 

The graduands Today we graduate a total of 3,431 (compared to 3,521 in April 2021) 58% (1,985) are males compared to 61% (2,135); 42% (1446) are females compared to 39% (1,386) in the April batch (an increase of 3% female graduands) 28% (972) will be receiving science based awards compared to 47% (1,672) in April, a drop of 19% 72% (2,459) of the awards will be in arts, humanities, business education, and law compared to 53% (1,849) in April, recording an increase of 19% (Arts and humanities compared to Sciences) . 6.4% (220) are postgraduates, including 7 PhDs, 114 Masters, 99 PGDiplomas.

Dr. Ibrahim1 Abdullah,Director Higher Director Higher Degrees and Research, Courtesy Photo.

7 obtained First Class degrees. We congratulate them in a special way. Each one of them will be issued a certificate of Merit for their outstanding performance. Their details shown as follows:

 

Sno. Student Name                                    Academic Programme

  1. ATWIJUKIRE CRESCENT           Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
  2.   MOREEN MUROHOZA                    Bachelor of Public Administration
  3.   NSHEMERIRWE SHALLON             BACHELOR OF EDUCATION
  4.   TUSHABE CHARLOTE                     BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
  5.    NADDUNGA YVONE                         BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
  6.   NABAKOOZA DIANAH                       BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
  7.   ISABIRYE GEOFREY                         BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
  8.   BENTY KUMBOGBIA PAULINO        Bachelor of Laws
  9.   NAKIYINGI GETRUDE                       BACHELOR OF MASS COMMUNICATION
  10. Nabiryo Patience                               BACHELORS OF SCIENCE IN TELECOMMUNICATION ENGINEERING
  11.  SSEMPIGA Johnson                           Bachelor Tourism and Hotel Management
  12.  KIRIKUMWINO JOANITA                    Bachelor of Laws
  13.  LUNKUSE ESTHER LUTAAYA            Bachelor of Laws
  14.  BALUKU KENNEDY ZEDEKIA           BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
  15. OTWANGIRAKI JUSTUS                   BACHELOR OF EDUCATION
  16.  BARASA Roman                                 Bachelors of Science in Environmental Management
  17. OKWANGE JAMES                             BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

 

I once again congratulate all the graduands for reaching this day. Please remember you have but only a limited time to enjoy your life and therefore guard it jealously. I wish you all the best and encourage you to remain our good KIU ambassadors.

 

Conclusion The University appreciates the Government of Uganda, Federal Government of Nigeria, Foreign Embassies, local, regional and International government and non-government organization, universities and other institutions for the collaborations and partnerships with KIU.

 

I thank the visionary Board of Trustees (BOT), led by the Chairman, Al-Hajj Dr. Hassan Basajjabalaba, the Chancellor, the Chairperson and members of the University Council and the management team, Academic, Administrative and Support Staff.

 

Your contributions have made the difference in the advancement of the University. We also thank all our other partners in Uganda, East Africa and beyond for making KIU a formidable partner. I once again congratulate all the graduands for reaching this day.

 

Please remember you have but only a limited time to enjoy your life and therefore guard it jealously.

 

I wish you all the best and encourage you to remain our good KIU ambassadors. Thank you and all the best.

Prof. Mouhamad Mpezamihigo VICE CHANCELLOR, Saturday 20 TH

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