Kololo Ceremonial grounds have been painted blue as Victoria University Kampala holds its 7th Graduation ceremony that has attracted hundreds of graduands and international guests including prominent Pan Africanist Joshua Marara Maponga from Zimbabwe as one of the keynote speakers of the ceremony.
The colorful ceremony was also graced by other local guests including the Secretary-General of the Organization of Southern Cooperation, H.E. Manssour Bin Mussallam, business consultant & entrepreneur Dr Maggie Kigozi, Permanent Secretary for Ministry of health Dr Diana Atwine, Dr Patrick Ogwal, Deputy Speaker of parliament Hon. Thomas Tayebwa who represented First Lady who also doubles as the Minister for education and sports, Janet Kataha Museveni who was invited as the Chief Guest among others.
Speaking to graduands, Hon. Tayebwa who delivered Janet Museveni’s urged learners at all levels to embrace technology and innovation adding that parliament intends to dialogue on how on changes in Uganda’s education system.
”In this era, you find universities still buying books, in this digital era? why don’t you partner with other institutions and have educational materials online, why should we have universities buying technology from abroad when some of our universities here have education software that can solve these learning problems. ‘Am extremely happy that Victoria University is focusing on innovation and that’s why this University is growing at a swift speed” Tayebwa said.
Adding his voice in the same vein, Victoria University Vice Chancellor Prof Lawrence Muganga assured the parents and guardians that graduands have been fully equipped to take on job opportunities across the globe and tasked other education institutions to embrace technology and innovation as one of the means to tackle the ever changing world of employment.
”Our graduands, if likened to merchandise, are fully prepared for delivery both within and outside the country. They are poised to confront both the familiar and the unfamiliar challenges ahead. If we were to compare them to food, they are ready to be consumed,” Dr Muganga said.
”I want to tell the public, parents, and distinguished guests that in the digital age of today, where technology is here to stay and has become an integral part of our lives, these Victoria University graduands are not just tech-savvy. Am glad to tell you that the graduates here today are empowered with all the tech-savvyness you can look for in a graduate. The digital world is something we, as a university, have chosen to embrace,” Dr Muganga added.
”At Victoria University, we have taken a unique approach to ensure that our students do not just leave with credentials, but also with the practical experience necessary to thrive in the competitive job market. Furthermore, we have made it a priority to equip our students with essential digital skills.” Dr Muganga further noted
Delivering his key note speech, Bishop Maponga urged the graduands to use the skills they have acquired to change Africa as a continent and shun early marriages and pregnancies as one of Africa’s challenges.
Maponga further called upon grandands to aim at impacting their mother Africa development wise and create jobs as the only way to curb the challenge of unemployment that has hindered the continent for long.