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UMI urged to maintain standards as it marks 50 years

(L -R) Dr. James Nkata, the Director General, South African Commissioner H.E.Lekoa Solly Mollo, Hon Namirembe Bitamazire, Chancellor UMI, John C Muyingo, Chief Guest and State Minister for Higher Education, Jameson Byabashaisha, Commissioner General, Uganda Prisons Service and Dr.Francis Xavier Lubanga, Governing Chair UMI cutting the cake. (PHOTO/Abraham)

KAMPALA – The Uganda Management Institute (UMI) has continued with its series of activities to mark it’s 50 years celebration since it’s registration in 1969.

As part of a catalogue of events, a Thanksgiving Service was held on Tuesday, April 16, at the Institute that included religious leaders from different denominations to grace the blissful year.

Dr. Sylvester Kugonza, the chairman of the Organising Committee, said: “Our journey is about celebrating the past and shaping the future. We chose to celebrate the whole year with lots of activities and events lined up to share and commemorate the past and share with all of those that  have been part of us such as students, administrators, faculties, staff, supporters and friends so that we have sufficient time to expand  the celebrations.”

“The main intention is to brand and profile UMI as a world-class development institute which is actually our vision. This is to celebrate our achievements on local and international visibility and also highlight the promise for the future,” he added.

“At Uganda Prisons Service our staff and superintendents have been encouraged to do a Post Graduate Diploma in Management at UMI. That is the reason why there is a big difference between the Prisons Service and other government institutions. This has been manifested in the annual surveys by the Office of the Prime Minister where we have scored above  92%,” said Mr. Jameson Byabashaisha, the Commissioner General, Uganda Prisons Service and  patron UMI alumni.

He further noted: “Ladies and gentlemen, I want to urge all organisations, government agencies and ministries to make sure that their personnel pass through this institution. The military have many training places like Kimaka, Police also have in Bwebajja and other places but this institution is our training ground.  I, therefore, want to congratulate UMI for this milestone and pray and hope you maintain the dependable standards.”

Hon J.C Muyingo, State Minister for Higher Education signing of the Souvenior artpiece. ( PHOTO/Abraham)

Dr. James Nkata, the director general UMI, said: “It’s our golden jubilee year and been able to make it through the furnace of academy, training, research and consultancy purity and I present to you the purest gold after 50 years.The journey of the public sector is incomplete without mentioning us since we are responsible for shaping and skilling the public, private and NGO sectors that are very proud of us.”

The chief guest, Mr. John C. Muyingo,  the State Minister for  Higher Education who represented the First Lady hinted on curriculum review and emphasised continuous quality research that should be adopted so that artificial intelligence doesn’t deprive the students’ jobs and always serve the demands of the job market regardless of the advancement in technology.

He further said: “Uganda has a lot of institutions but when they mention UMI, I pull out my chest high because of the commendable job done by the institution. I ask you never to compromise with the values, which brings me to 50 years that I consider no mean achievement both in business and normal life.”

The  Thanksgiving Ceremony had the launch of the UMI anthem composed by renown musician Mr. Silver Kyagulanyi.

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