BY FREDERICK KIWANUKA
THE Government has been asked to support private universities and tertiary institutions to enable them provide quality education to Ugandans.
â€œIt requires a lot of effort which individual institutions cannot achieve single handedly without the help of other stakeholders, the chancellor of Ndejje University, Prof. Stephen Talitwala, observed.
Talitwala was speaking on Friday during the universityâ€™s 12th graduation ceremony. A total of 1,064 graduands were awarded degrees and diplomas. Of these, 580 were female, while 484 were male.
Talitwala disclosed that the university had embarked on a plan to strengthen its faculties and departments so as to produce professional and well qualified graduates.
He said they had invested heavily in demand-driven science courses, forestry and sports by putting up a five-storied science and sports building and a swimming pool.
The vice-chancellor, Dr. Michael Senyimba, said they had established working relationships with the university of Dar-es-salaam to enable engineers from Ndejje share experience, especially in the field of chemical engineering.
Senyimba said the university was planning to buy 400 acres of land in Nakasongola, which will be used to carry out research in renewable energy and environmental management.
He added that they had bought land in Kampala where a school of sports medicine will be constructed.
Senyimba appealed to the graduands to avoid â€˜self-inflicted povertyâ€™, which is a result of earning little and spending much, especially on entertainment.