The university’s board chairperson, Prof. Venansius Baryamereeba asked the graduates to always not take God's favour for granted. (Credit: Godiver Asege)
Godiver Asege
Journalist @New Vision

EDUCATION | STUDENTS | GRADUATES

WAKISO - Graduates have been asked to use the knowledge and skills they have attained through the years in school and turn challenges into opportunities. 

The Minister of Works and Transport, Gen. Katumba Wamala, said this is the only way they can easily make it in life. 

“The world out there is full of challenges but it is these challenges you should turn into opportunities. All great companies in the world were started to address challenges and they keep innovating to remain relevant as new challenges emerge,” he noted. 

The minister was officiating the 7th graduation of Uganda Technology and Management University, held at their new Campus in Kungu Wakiso district. 

Katumba urged the institution to strategically partner with various government agencies to set up innovation, incubation, start-up and acceleration facilities where youth can incubate and accelerate their innovations into successful companies. (All Photos by Godiver Asege)

Katumba urged the institution to strategically partner with various government agencies to set up innovation, incubation, start-up and acceleration facilities where youth can incubate and accelerate their innovations into successful companies. (All Photos by Godiver Asege)

Katumbe noted that global challenges made people like Bill Gates of Microsoft, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg of Facebook, Jack Ma of Alibaba, and Steve Jobs of Apple among others to become billionaires. 

“Therefore, this class of 2022 also has the potential to produce billionaires. The issue is whether you are ready to innovate and dream at a global level. All the famous billionaires became billionaires at a youthful age. So, now is the time for you to make your star shine globally,” he added. 

He urged them to take advantage of the peace and security guaranteed by the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government to invent and thrive. 

Katumba called on all Ugandans especially those in school to take learning as a lifetime venture. 

“As communities, wherever you are, form community learning centres. This will enhance your ability to benefit optimally from the government programmes like the Parish Development Model,” he said. 

Katumba also noted that despite the increased enrolment in universities and tertiary institutions, student enrolment in science and technology programmes at both public and private institutions remains low below the minimum requirement of 40 percent of students registering in Science and Technology as per the UNESCO guidelines. 

He called on UTAMU to make efforts to establish partnerships with the government through relevant government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), to build human capital in science and technology and produce sufficient skilled graduates and science teachers at all levels. 

A total of 306 students were awarded Diplomas, Bachelors and Masters in various disciplines. They include 12 (Diploma), 77 (Bachelors), 153 (post graduands) and 64 (Masters).

A total of 306 students were awarded Diplomas, Bachelors and Masters in various disciplines. They include 12 (Diploma), 77 (Bachelors), 153 (post graduands) and 64 (Masters).

Katumba urged the institution to strategically partner with various government agencies to set up innovation, incubation, start-up and acceleration facilities where youth can incubate and accelerate their innovations into successful companies. 

The university’s Vice Chancellor, Eddy Tukamushaba advised the graduates not to wait for opportunities, but be in position to challenge themselves with the knowledge and skills acquired from the institution. 

He urged them to create opportunities for themselves by being innovative and useful people in society. 

“Learning doesn’t stop, I urge you to be aggressive, and the world has so much to offer. The skills, knowledge and qualifications you have acquired will speak for you but it will be useless if not earned,” he said. 

He noted that they need to be open-minded to take on every opportunity that arises, embrace and participate fully in the economy. 

The university’s board chairperson, Prof. Venansius Baryamereeba asked the graduates to always not take God's favour for granted. 

"If you’re going to be leaders, movers and change makers, you need to trust in God and win his favour,” he noted. 

He emphasized the unconditional giving and sacrifice as portrayed in John 12:3, a reason why the university intends to offer over 300 annual scholarships on its January 2023 intake. 

He added that they have executed other scholarship arrangements with the Teso Education Fund where over 200 students from Teso sub-region are to benefit from the first year of study. 

A total of 306 students were awarded Diplomas, Bachelors and Masters in various disciplines. They include 12 (Diploma), 77 (Bachelors), 153 (post graduands) and 64 (Masters).

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