Over 3000 graduate from Kampala University

It was a moment of joy and merrymaking as 3036 students graduated during Kampala University’s 21st graduation ceremony held at its main campus in Ggaba.

Of the 3036, 561 students graduated in nursing and midwifery.

Speaking at the function, the University Chancellor Prof. Mondo George Kagonyera emphasized the need for government to work closely with institutions of higher learning since they heavily contribute to national development goals and transformation of society.  

Prof Kagonyera said that universities serve as valuable partners to governments, so collaboration between the two is crucial for supporting development, especially in providing evidence-based research, expert analysis, global partnerships and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) alignment, knowledge sharing and capacity building, policy advice and consultation and innovative solutions to address complex challenges and improve public policies and programs.

“By working closely with universities, governments can harness the expertise, modernism, and resources necessary for development and improve the well-being of societies worldwide,” Prof. Kagonyera said.

The founding Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Badru Kateregga advised graduates that having a degree from a certain discipline is not enough, you need to enhance it with a vocational skill that can make you earn an extra income for you to live a better life.  

“Vocational technical studies should always be added to traditional academic studies and career objectives. Combining vocational studies with traditional academic studies can provide a well-rounded education with theoretical knowledge and practical skills,” Prof. Kateregga said.

During the function, Prof. Dr. Manfred Dietrich, the Honorary Consul of Uganda in Hamburg (Germany) was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Philosophy in Science and Public Health in recognition of his support and outstanding achievement in mitigating HIV/AIDs and Malaria in Africa, his advocacy for medical and vocational training, and promoting bilateral relations between Uganda and Hamburg.

Prof. Dr. Manfred is also the advisor to President Museveni on HIV/AIDs and tropical diseases.

He is now the fourth recipient of this coveted Honorary Doctorate award from Kampala University in the last 25 years. 

Prof. Manfred said that one of the most important goals of university education is to prepare highly skilled graduates to be employed in the labour market either at home or abroad.

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