KAMPALA–Over 2500 students, today graduated at Kampala International University, with male dominating the list of graduates.
About 61 percent, who received their PHD, masters degrees and diploma certificates were male, while females were 39 percent. This year, 32 students got first class degree.
The 17th graduation ceremony was presided over by the Nigerian Ambassador to Uganda Etubom Nya Eyama Asuquo.
Asuquo in his speech challenged the graduates to use the skills they have acquired to solve the challenges.
The university vice chancellor Dr. Mouhamad Mpezamihigo also advised the graduates to go out and explore the heights, just as the university motto states.
“I encourage you to dream big, work hard and conquer the world. You should not forget that this is beginning of a new and completely different experience as KIU Alumni. You are the ambassadors out there,”Mpezamihigo said.
He credited the university staff for ensuring that KIU operates harmoniously and progressively to offer the students a good learning opportunity.
He revealed that the university was partnering with different companies, universities and other institutions at national level to enhance growth of research, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Alhajj Hassan Basajjabalaba, the chairman board of Trustees, said the board is keenly following the changing trends in higher education globally.
“We know that the future of the world of work will be radically different from what we know now. Therefore, such higher education must change accordingly,” Basajjabalaba noted.
The university, Basajjabalaba said it decided to make the necessary strategic investments needed to prepare its students for the new world of work.
“Particularly, we focused on developing the Western Campus , Ishaka into a hub of science and Technology. To this effect, there is on-going extensive investment in setting up modern labs, workshops lecturer rooms, offices and students’ hostels,” he said.
The board of trustees is to work closely with the university council and management to support the establishment of strong alumni association and various country chapters.
In Uganda, over 43% of KIU doctors are licensed by the medical and dental practitioners council, employed by the Government at various levels of health system from the ministry of health.
In Kenya, big number of KIU trained lawyers are fast rising through the ranks of legal practice in Kenya, with significant number of them appointed by the Government.