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MUK journalism and communication department celebrates 30 years

By Mathias Mazinga

Added 28th September 2019 03:50 PM

The function attracted hundreds of alumni, academicians, media practitioners, and friends. The alumni were all in a jovial mood as they interacted and reminisced with their contemporaries.

MUK journalism and communication department celebrates 30 years

Some of the pioneer students of journalism and communication cutting cake with Hon David Bahati, Professor Nawangwe and other dons at the event on Friday. Photos by Mathias Mazinga

The function attracted hundreds of alumni, academicians, media practitioners, and friends. The alumni were all in a jovial mood as they interacted and reminisced with their contemporaries.

KAMPALA - Makerere University's Department of Journalism and Communication sealed its 30th-anniversary celebrations with a grand dinner at Hotel Africana on Friday.

The function attracted hundreds of alumni, academicians, media practitioners, and friends. The alumni were all in a jovial mood as they interacted and reminisced with their contemporaries.

 rof onica hibita delivers her keynote address Prof Monica Chibita delivers her key-note address

 
Among the highlights of the function was the key-note address by Prof Monica Chibita, who spoke on the theme:  Access to Information: A New Promise for Sustainable Development.

 on ahati right donating a laptop that r uhakana ugunda bought at sh5m to rof osephine hikire Hon Bahati (right) donating a laptop that Dr Ruhakana Rugunda bought at sh5m to Prof Josephine Ahikire

 
Chibita's presentation was later discussed by Joseph Ssekyewa (ED, Hub for Investigative Media) and Gilbert Sendugwa (ED, Africa Freedom of Education Centre).

In his message, which was delivered by the finance state minister David Bahati, the Prime Minister, Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda praised Makerere University's Department of Journalism and Communication for its enormous contribution to the development of the media industry in the country.

He encouraged journalists and social communicators to work positively with the government and help to disseminate information about its good development programmes.

 ome of the pioneer students alumni of ournalism and ommunication with on avid ahati rof arnabas awangwe and some of the dons from akerere niversity during the function Some of the pioneer students (alumni) of Journalism and Communication with Hon David Bahati, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe and some of the dons from Makerere University during the function

 
The Vice-Chancellor of Makerere, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe encouraged the alumni to promote the culture of supporting their former institution.

Giving an example of Harvard University, which he said has an endowment fund that is five times the budget of Uganda, Nawangwe said universities in Europe and the US, relied on their alumni. He thus encouraged the former students of journalism to make relatively small monthly contributions, such as sh5,000 or sh10,000, towards the development of their former institution.

 riendly alumni sharing a fun moment during the function Friendly alumni sharing a fun moment during the function

 
Nawangwe later caused excitement when he declared that he was securing a license for the university's Radio and TV station, which he said would help to disseminate the enormous research information, which is currently on the shelves.

During the function, the alumni also fundraised for the proposed multi-media resource center, whose first phase requires over sh400m.

A total of about sh2m was donated in cash and pledges.

 ome of the alumni having fun during the function Some of the alumni having fun during the function

 

ome of the alumni having fun during the function Some of the alumni having fun during the function

 

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