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Over 150 students get university scholarships

By Wilson Manishimwe

Added 29th April 2019 08:59 AM

According to Mulenga, the ‘prestigious’ scholarship is awarded to orphans and economically disadvantaged children that demonstrate outstanding qualities in innovation, business and are academically strong.

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Ugandan foreign affairs minister Sam Kutesa (left) and Vietnam envoy to Uganda Ceasor Augustine Mulenga. (File Photo)

According to Mulenga, the ‘prestigious’ scholarship is awarded to orphans and economically disadvantaged children that demonstrate outstanding qualities in innovation, business and are academically strong.

Over 150 university scholarships have been awarded to students from low income earning families in the districts of Kanungu, Kabale, Kisoro and Mitooma among others.
 
The students will pursue courses such as medicine and surgery, bachelor of laws and business administration among others in Academic Year 2019/2020 at St Augustine International University (SAIU).
 
The scholarships were offered to them by tycoon and philanthropist Augustus Caesar Mulenga also known as King Caesar of Development Kingdom. Other districts with student beneficiaries on sponsorship include Bushenyi, Buliisa, Kiruhura, Mbarara, Sheema, Kibaale, Rukiga and Rukungiri.
 
According to Mulenga, the ‘prestigious’ scholarship is awarded to orphans and economically disadvantaged children that demonstrate outstanding qualities in innovation, business and are academically strong.
 
H.E King Mulenga who is also the honorary consul of Vietnam to Uganda said: “We want to offer hope and a good future for the children in hard to reach areas from low income earning families and orphans because they are financially handicapped. We ask the students to focus more, perform well and be innovative.”
 
He said through Caesar Development Kingdom, he has been extending scholarships to orphans and economically disadvantaged children since 2013. Over 400 students in the country have since 2013 benefited from the scholarship programme.
 
Meanwhile, Orientation of new students at St Augustine International University for April intake 2019 commenced on Monday April 15.
 
The University Deputy vice Counsellor, Corporate Affairs, Dr. Martin Nsubuga said:  “We are flexible, we have an international culture and we want to deliberately assist our students in wealth multiplication. As a country we train people to be employed but here at St. Augustine, we give them the entrepreneur approach.”
 
“We admit eligible students that may not have made it into the competitive public universities. We look at two principle passes in the essential subjects. We have adopted some of the high technology teaching methods like the use of smart boards and power point among other methods,” he added.
 
Who is “King” Caesar?
 
Mulenga is the Chairperson who is chairman Board of Trustees at St. Augustine International University and Honorary Consul of Vietnam in Uganda started engaging in business as early as in 1990s.
 
In 2015, he was quoted by one of the local newspapers saying: “I started business at an early age. I have never been employed. From primary three, I would buy things in Uganda like mattresses, soap, watches and sell them to DR Congo or Rwanda.”
 
 He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Makerere University and a Diploma in Business Studies from Uganda College of Commerce (UCC) in Kabale district among many other professional honors.

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