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Mak 69th Graduation Kicks Off: President Museveni Honoured

  • In General
  • 15 Jan 2019 - 7:04pm
  • By Proscovia Nabatte
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The President of the Republic of Uganda and Visitor of Makerere University-H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni (3rd L), First Lady-Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni (2nd L), Hon. Dr. John Chrysostom Muyingo (L), Chancellor-Prof. Ezra Suruma (3rd R), Chairperson Council-Mrs. Lorna Magara (C), Vice Chair-Rt. Hon. Daniel Fred Kidega (2nd R), Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe (4th R) and the Mace bearer (R) on Day1 of the 69th Graduation Ceremony. President Museveni received Mak's Outstanding Scholarly Authorship Award

Makerere University has awarded the President of the Republic of Uganda and Visitor, H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni with her Outstanding Scholarly Authorship Award. Handed over to him by the Makerere University Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma during the first session of the 69th Graduation Ceremony on Tuesday, 15th January 2019, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was recognized for his authorship of Katondoozi, the first ever Thesaurus in the sub-Saharan region.
Katondoozi is a Thesaurus of Runyankore-Rukiga written in an indigenous African language. It is a complete granary for the Runyankore-Rukiga, that shows the richness of a language, by displaying a rich and unique vocabulary. This great and original publication was product of a team of scholarly co-authors, namely, Dr. Gilbert Gumoshabe, Prof. Manuel J.K.Muranga and Ms. Alice N. Muhoozi.

President Museveni is one of the few Africans that have championed the documentation of indigenous languages to ensure their survival, as cultures that face global pressure. His authorship of the book of a magnitude 20,000 words is an eye opener to the entire African community that African languages, cultures and values can be preserved and promoted.

Prof. Elly Sabiiti reads the Citation for the Outstanding Scholarly Authorship Award to H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

“We have to note that there is no way you can preserve a language if it is not written. This publication can stimulate other writers to publish books in the indigenous languages and these books would be used as references in the education system in order to benefit the future generations,” said Prof Elly N Sabiiti when reading the President’s Citation.

In his acceptance speech, the President thanked Makerere University for recognizing his work. He appreciated his co-authors for doing a great job to ensure that the book is up to standard.

This year 2019, a total of 13,350 students will be awarded degrees and diplomas of Makerere University in various disciplines. Of these, 56 will receive PhDs, 1,254 Masters Degrees and 101 Postgraduate Diplomas, while 11,939 will receive undergraduate diplomas and Bachelors Degrees. 49.7% of the graduands are men and 50.3% are female; and 364 students will be graduating with First Class Honours.

H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni receives his Award from Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma (Left) as the First Lady, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni (Right) applauds

During the first session, graduands from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), College  of Health Sciences (CHS) and the College of Education and External Studies (CEES) were conferred upon degrees and awarded diplomas of Makerere University.  Among these, was the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze who graduated with a Masters degree in Public Health and H.E. Kato Paul, the former Makerere University Guild President who graduated with the Bachelors of Arts in Education.

President of Museveni congratulated the graduands upon reaching the remarkable milestone. He commended staff and community for shepherding students throughout the course of studies.

He advised students to understand their field of study and focus on their area of priority if they are to succeed professionally. “Whether you are studying sciences, social sciences or humanities, you need to understand your field, prioritize your interests and focus on the achievable goals,” he said.

President Museveni shakes hands with the Chairperson of Council-Mrs. Lorna Magara (Left) shortly after she presented the Convocation Award and an assortment of Mak souvenirs to him

 According to President Museveni, there is need for students to organize themselves both academically and professionally to have a successful career paths.

“If you don’t fall under sciences; the categories that can easily get you a job, do not be despondent. You can progress by joining a youth program and access a grant or an interest free loan or a loan with interest from the government and you start up a maize processing operation. This way, you would have created a job and employed people,” he said.

The President further cited the need to streamline the education system emphasizing the importance of teaching and learning of Africa’s history and wellbeing.  According to him, if teaching is done purposefully and correctly in the African way of understanding, then the continent shall have rapid growth and developments.  

President Yoweri Museveni (Centre) and First Lady, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni (2nd Right) pose for a group photo with Co-Authors L-R: Ms. Alice N. Muhoozi, Prof. Manuel J.K.Muranga and Dr. Gilbert Gumoshabe (Right)

“Our education system should have very clear aims. The disciplines of social sciences philosophy, history should dwell more on African history and developments. Even if you are a scientist you should understand the history of Africa before you understand, manipulate and tame the natural forces and laws for the benefit of man,” he explained.

He acknowledged Makerere University’s leadership in fighting the war of capacity building and reinforcing discipline among staff and students at the great institution.

The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni congratulated H.E the President upon his outstanding recognition. She thanked him for his tremendous support towards building the education system of the country; leading by example in scholarly writing and also developing the African culture through preserving its language.

The First Lady, Hon. Janet Kataaha Museveni receives the Convocation Award from Chairperson Council-Mrs. Lorna Magara (Left) in recognition of her contribution to girl child education, women emancipation and overall success of the Higher Education sector in Uganda

She commended Makerere University for being at the forefront of Uganda’s education and human resource development through academic excellence, research and innovation.

Makerere University is reclaiming its position in providing solutions to African challenges through the commendable innovations and research that have relevance and a positive impact on the wellbeing of the people of Uganda,” stated the First Lady.
The Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma commended Makerere University staff and students for the cutting edge research they are conducting that has led to distinguished awards and maintained Makerere University’s global reputation as a leading research institution.

Some of the PhD Graduands who received their awards during the first session of the 69th Graduation of Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

He thanked His Excellency the President and the Government of Uganda, for being the single most important financier of Makerere University. In the same spirit, he recognized the contributions of the development partners and other stakeholders of Makerere University when he said, “In addition to the growing financial support from the Government, contributions from our development partners are also on an upward trend. This support has enabled Makerere to achieve additional improvements in infrastructure as well as in staff and student welfare.”

The Chancellor extended sincere gratitude to the parents, guardians, teachers, mentors and friends of the graduates. He urged graduands to cherish and honor the sacrifices their parents, teachers, sponsors and guardians have made to achieve the great milestone.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe emphasized the need to maintain discipline among students.

“No university can fully utilize her potential in an environment where indiscipline prevails. We will never realize our full potential if we do not focus on our mandates of teaching and learning, research and community engagement and instead spend time on activities that do not build our university and Country,” he said.

The Chancellor-Prof. Ezra Suruma (3rd Right) and Vice Chancellor-Prof. Barnbas Nawangwe (Right) pose for a photo with the Best Overall Sciences Student, Mr. Galiwango Kasozi Steven (4th Right), Convocation Leadership and his parents during the first session of the 69th Graduation Ceremony, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

“Finally, a word to our beloved graduands. You entered the gates of Makerere University with a purpose. That purpose was to be a contribution to your nation through making yourselves and your families and communities better. You will succeed in life if you put a few ideals ahead of you. These are self-discipline, respect for self and others, love for your Country and love for God. The opportunities out there are immense, but only the disciplined will find them,” the Vice Chancellor added.

During this year’s first session, Makerere University Convocation recognized Mr. Galiwango Kasozi Steven for the outstanding academic achievement of graduating as the Best Overall Science Student at Makerere University.  Mr. Galiwango graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Techonology (First Class Honors), scoring a CGPA of 4.84.

At the 69th Graduation Ceremony, the President of the Republic of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni Pledged to sponsor the completion of the Makerere University Perimeter wall.  The Chairperson of the Makerere University Convocation Dr. Tang Odoi thanked the entire community for their generous contributions towards the perimeter wall project.

Article by Mak Public Relations Office

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