A total of 1,785 students graduated with degrees and awarded diplomas and certificates from Nkumba University. At the 19th Graduation Ceremony presided over by the Chancellor, Sir Gordon Wavammuno, at the main campus, Entebbe. The Graduating Class comprised principally of students from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. Among the Masters students from the School of Commercial, Industrial Art and Design (SCIAD), two were from Nigeria, which reflects the world-wide outlook of the SCIAD programmes.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Sir Gordon Wavamunno, congratulated the graduating class. “As you go into the global labour market, adapt, innovate and create to improve your own lives and the lives of those around you. As Ambassadors of Nkumba University I expect you to reflect the University values, namely: Competence, Confidence, Creativity and Character.” He also urged the graduates to employ the knowledge they acquired during their studies to develop innovative ideas to create opportunities for themselves.
As is the norm of Nkumba University, prior to the Graduation Ceremony each year, a Commencement Lecture is delivered by a public figure to give tips to the Graduating Class as they begin new life beyond the gates of the University. The Commencement Lecture on Tuesday October 25, 2016 was delivered by Associate Professor Anthony Mugagga Muwagga from Makerere University, on the topic, “The Challenges of Values in Higher Education and the Burden of Innovativeness”. Assoc. Prof. Mugagga Muwagga noted that values were a point of conversation in any education and the University context in particular. He cautioned against reckless lifestyles, and underlined the need for proper adjustment to the world of work and family. He said that prudence, resilience, politeness and trustworthiness accorded the graduate aptitude for innovativeness and acceptable conduct. To that end he called for “Reflective Practice” by which one pauses to consider the implications of their decisions or actions.
New Developments At The University
Nkumba University opened its Kampala Campus in August 2015, located at Plot 773 & 774 along Kabakanjagala Road in Mengo, was approved by the National Council for Higher Education.
District Need-based Scholarships
In the 2016/2017 academic year, the University introduced five (5) scholarships for each of the Districts of Uganda. The scholarship is accessible through the District / Municipal Headquarters. It is intended to enhance the human resource development in the Country. So far 80 students are beneficiaries of this scholarship.
Introduction of the May Intake
The University Council resolved that the University recruits new students three times a year – that is, in January, May and August. In that regard the University will commence recruiting students in the various disciplines in January 2017 and May 2017.
Distance Learning Liaison Offices
In the effort to extend higher education services, the University has established Distance Learning Liaison Offices in Gulu, Amuria and Kyegegwa.
Innovations And Uniqueness Of Nkumba University
I. The Oluwoko Malaria Innovation, which is a malaria control programme under the Presidential Initiative for Malaria Research, is housed at the School of Sciences. The programme is intended to complement government efforts to control malaria by using indigenous knowledge from local materials.
The School of Sciences, was transformed accordingly to additionally teach Applied Sciences such as Biological and Health sciences, which is in line with government efforts to promote Science and Technology Innovation (STI) for development. For the first time the University has graduated Bachelor of Health students (5) and Diploma in Public Health students (5). Nkumba University is now recognized not only for supporting human health sciences. The University at the recent graduation matriculated the 3rd batch of petroleum students, with 18 conferred Degrees and five (5) awarded Diplomas.
II. Nkumba University through the School of Social Sciences has established a Women’s Health Centre, which is a community outreach programme offering reproductive health services for mothers and children. The outreach programme additionally operates, through its business unit, a micro-finance loan scheme with hundreds of beneficiaries in Wakiso District. The School of Social Sciences is now offering the Diploma in HIV/AIDS Education and Management, which is conducted in collaboration with The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) Uganda.
In 2002 Nkumba University was indeed the first higher institution of learning in the great lakes region to develop an institutional HIV/AIDS policy to guide and regulate its relationship with staff, students and the community.
III. The School of Law is the only one of its kind in the region offering programmes leading to the award of Bachelor of Criminal Justice as well as Diplomas in Criminal Justice. These new programmes, suitable for members of the public as well as the Armed Forces such as the Police, Prisons and the Army, are intended to produce professionals to meet the challenges of Uganda’s Uganda’s criminal justice.
IV. Each year the University organizes an international students’ day in which Ugandan and international students exhibit the richness of their cultural backgrounds. This is one of the channels of instilling confidence, competence, creativity and character in students so as to produce informed graduates who think critically, communicate effectively and act responsibly in an increasingly competitive national and global environment.
Students were conferred degrees and awarded diplomas and certificates in a range of academic programmes and here presented as follows: