President Museveni on the other hand praised Kyambogo University for finally waking up from slumber and focusing on innovations. He re-echoed his disgust for social science courses and urged the institution to focus on science and entrepreneurial related courses.
Kyambogo University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Eli
Katunguka has requested government to consider increasing its funding to a tune
of Shillings 57billion. According to Professor Katunguka,
the funding is urgently needed to enable the university to carry out its core
He was speaking to President Yoweri Museveni at
the commencement of 16th graduation ceremony of Kyambogo University in Banda,
Kampala. A total 8,892 students are expected to graduate this week
with certificates, diplomas, bachelors, masters and PhDs.
On Wednesday, 223 students graduated from the graduate
school, 1,601 from School of Management and Entrepreneurship and 347 from
the faculty of Special Needs and Rehabilitation. The graduation will run for
Among the financial needs, Kyambogo says it
requires Shs. 10b to cover employee costs, Shs. 14b to cover costs of teaching,
Shs. 3b for research, Shs. 3billion to recruit and sustain technicians and Shs.
15b for improving critical laboratory infrastructure and sewage system.
“Your Excellency, despite numerous achievements, the
university still faces a number of challenges, one is understaffing. The
university largely depends on part-time lecturers. We employ close to 820
part-time lecturers. In order to be able to recruit more people to bring to the
establishment set up in 2005 to at least 50%, your excellency we will need
government intervention of about 10billion shillings,” Professor Katunguka
He explained that due to the
large number of part-timers and contribution to top-up to the wage-bill, the
university will need about Shillings 14b to cover the cost of teaching, which
includes the top-up from fees, the university pays to government for staff
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In his speech, Professor Katunguka said the university has
expanded to a student population of 33,200 on campus and more than 45,000 in
affiliated institutions including seven National Teachers Colleges (NTCs), 67
Primary Teachers Colleges and 49 Early Child Development Centers across the
He said the institution requires adequate funding for this
commensurate expansion. President Museveni on the other hand praised
Kyambogo University for finally waking up from slumber and focusing on
innovations. He re-echoed his disgust for social science courses and urged the
institution to focus on science and entrepreneurial related courses.
He hailed parents and guardians for supporting
their children through attainment of university education and urged the
graduands to create their own jobs since there are no jobs in civil services.
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The president also praised management for stabilizing the
university. He warned students and staff against strikes, arguing that a
university is an address for civilization, intellectuals and not riots.
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Today, two students Micheal Bamuwamye and Samuel
Gafuma graduated with Doctor of Philosophy (PhDs) of Food
Technology. George William Kasaazi, a student of Bachelor of Information
Technology and Computing emerged the overall best performing student with CGPA
of 4.88 out of 5 while Bernadette Nakintu and Joan Kizza emerged the
best female students of Bachelor of Information Systems with CGPA of 4.83.
Higher Education Minister, John Chrysestom Muyingo tasked all
institutions of higher learning to put in place credible quality assurance
systems to ensure quality graduate.