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Career days equip students with innovation, entrepreneurial skills

By Agnes Kyotalengerire

Added 20th June 2019 01:59 PM

As part of open day activities, the students were also taken through the subjects they are supposed to offer to qualify for their dream courses.

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Some of the students who participated in career days. Photos by Agnes Kyotalengerire

As part of open day activities, the students were also taken through the subjects they are supposed to offer to qualify for their dream courses.

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KAMPALA - "I have visited the science faculty and learnt so many innovations. The most fascinating was a system for irrigation and using a mobile phone app to switch on and off lights which I think is very convenient for the elderly who do not have the energy to walk,” said Iddi Sulaiti, a student at Nyakasura Secondary School in Fort portal. 

Sulaiti who is studying physics, economics, and mathematics (PEM) says the open day has equipped him with skills in the engineering career he is pursuing.

Vivian Namugala, a student at Bridges College School in Zana, Kampala studying mathematics, economics, geography, and ICT said she was inspired by the various forms of innovations and hopes to come up with her own.

John Francis Lupiiya, a senior two student at St. Mary’s Tophill Secondary School in Luwero was moved by business innovations.

“I have learnt that one can run a small scale enterprise while studying,” Lupiiya said.

Those were some of the testimonies that high (secondary) school students shared during the open day (career day) activities at the International University of East Africa (IUEA) at Kansanga in Kampala on Saturday.

 
The Vice-Chancellor of IUEA, Dr. Emeka Akaezuwa said the open day is vital in streamlining the syllabus to spell out what the students need to learn in order to fulfill their dreams.

Dr. Akaezuwa said this is done by students interacting with lecturers and deans of studies to ask questions and get to know the programmes available and to get a feel about university ambiance so as to have varied options when choosing universities.

As part of open day activities, the students were also taken through the subjects they are supposed to offer to qualify for their dream courses.

Namale Hadijah, a teacher at Nyakasura Secondary School in Fort Portal said the activity exposes students to what is happening at the high level of learning.

“We want them to know what happens at the university as opposed to waiting until the time when they are admitted,” Namale said.

Every year, the university invites secondary school students, parents, residents, and well-wishers to visit their lecture rooms and interact with the lectures and IUEA students.

Additionally, the students in different faculties exhibit various innovations in technology, catering, business, health, and engineering, among others.

Dr. Akaezuwa says that this is intended to roll out student innovators who can create jobs rather than seek for them.

“The biggest problem with African universities is offering an education that focuses on theories rather than innovations,” he noted.

Dr. Akaezuwa said a lot of emphases should be put on the career/open day aspect right from the lower levels of education.

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