A total of 132 students were awarded first class degrees
About three thousand graduands from different faculties and disciplines were on Saturday passed out at the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) 24th graduation.
At the function held at the university main campus in Mbale, a total of 2669 students were awarded diplomas, undergraduate and masters degrees from the seven faculties of the University. A total of 132 students were awarded first class degrees.
The function presided over by the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi on behalf of President Yoweri Museveni welcomed the new chairman of the University Council, Dr. Abdul-Aziz Al-Sebail, who replaces Dr. Abdalla Omar Nasseef who stepped down after eleven years at the helm of the University leadership.
In a speech read for him by Ssekandi at the ceremony, President Museveni pointed out that access to education is no longer a challenge in Uganda but rather the quality of products from education institutions.
He said that the current education system is producing only job seekers as opposed to job creators saying Government’s future strategy is to focus efforts on skill development to produce empowered individuals who will meet the increasing demand for problem solvers.
Museveni called upon all universities in the country, to review their curricular and ensure that they target practical skills in their programmes which he said will facilitate the country towards attainment of the middle income status.
Dr. Al-Sebail outlined the university Vison 2020 which he said will include improving staff welfare, improving teaching and learning facilities, strengthening programmes, setting up endowments and widening university income base.
Speaking at the same function, the OIC Assistant Secretary General Science and Technology Mohammad Naeem Khan said that although IUIU has produced many graduates in the last 28 years, the University needs to adapt cutting edge technologies if it is to produce competitive graduates.
Ambassador Khan who commended the Government for its support towards IUIU said the OIC was committed to mobilizing support for IUIU to fulfil its mandate and achieve it vision in academic excellence.