KAMPALA – Cavendish University Uganda (CUU) is set to celebrate the life and achievements of its former Chancellor and ex-Tanzanian president H.E Benjamin Mkapa.
Speaking at a function where the University was awarding scholarships to its students at their campus in Nsambya yesterday, Mr David Mutabanura, the Executive Director CUU said the fallen hero will be celebrated in a mass at Nsambya Parish on 30th September and President Museveni is expected to preside over the function as the guest of honour.
“He is remembered for his education, Pan Africanism, diplomacy, conflict resolution, zeal for economic emancipation, his ethical leadership but above all his humility, warmth and friendliness. It is on this ground that our University will be commemorating the life of our late chancellor next week on the 30th of September 2020,” he says.
Mutabanura adds that they will have an opportunity to learn from those who studied with Mkapa, those who lived and worked with him and the culmination of which will be the launch of an Annual Memorial Lecture and a Scholarship in his name.
At the time of his death on 24th July 2020, H.E Benjamin Mkapa was a chancellor of Cavendish University for six years out of the eight years he had to serve. He presided over 6000 grandaunts representing 80% of the University’s graduations since it started.
In the same spirit, CUU also in a bid to fulfil its mission and pursuit of offering accessible quality education announced 25Merit, Leadership and Exemplary Performance Scholarship Awards to successful applicants for the 2020 August intake.
According to Dr Olive Sabiiti the University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor, the scholarships are awarded based on academic quality, leadership and exemplary performance orientation.
“This year a total of 60 scholarships including two Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga Scholarship Awards have been awarded and we will continue to build on that as we respond to the needs, interests and lifestyles of our students in line with our academic model,” she explained.
Cavendish University Uganda also applauded its students for staying safe and focussed on completing their studies online in spite of the numerous challenges occasioned by the advent of COVID-19.
“CUU is glad to announce the start of classes for its August-September intake that kicked off this week on Monday 21st September 2020,”Mr Amos Olal Odur the University’s Academic Registrar shared.