Vice-President Edward Ssekandi urged universities and tertiary institutions to embrace the new policy of skilling Uganda by actively participating in its implementation.
Vice-President Edward Ssekandi has asked universities to align courses with the current and future human resource requirement of the country and the region.
He was speaking during Team University Uganda’s fifth graduation ceremony at Pope Paul memorial centre in Rubaga division, on Friday.
Ssekandi said the move would enable youths create their own jobs and make a positive impact in the economic development of the country.
“Youth and unemployment have become a topical subject in the country. I wish to pause this question: Are universities providing appropriate training to enable youth create their own employment? It is a very good thing to have youth educated and trained, but it is better if they are employed,” he noted.
“I urge universities and other tertiary institutions to re-orient their courses and mindsets to become entrepreneurial institutions. Entrepreneurship is what drives a sustainable private and public sector for improved service delivery,” he said.
Ssekandi also called upon universities and tertiary institutions to embrace the new policy of skilling Uganda by actively participating in its implementation.
“I would like to assure you that the youth will be energised to fully take advantage of various government programmes, such as the youth livelihood programme, operation wealth creation and the women entrepreneurship programme that have been introduced in line with government efforts to fight unemployment and household poverty," he said.
The Vice-Chancellor of Team University, Prof. Lutalo Bosa, urged the fresh graduates to be disciplined.
“Learn from your weaknesses and seek consultation where necessary," he said.
The Chancellor, Team University Prof Tarsis Kabwegyere urged graduands to develop integrity as an important aspect in their lives.
A total of 384 students graduated with bachelor’s degree, diplomas and certificates in different disciplines.