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Nkumba University organized the first ever Open Day on Saturday April 6, 2019 to enable secondary school students appraise the academic programmes on offer in view of their personal aspirations and abilities or talent. Nearly a dozen secondary schools from in and around Entebbe area attended the Open Day

The theme of the day was: “Development of Talents and Skills, Focusing on the Youth.”

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Wilson Muyinda Mande, specially welcomed the students who attended. “The secondary school students are the biggest number of our guests today,” he said. “They are our prospective students. This is their University tomorrow.”

The Chief Guest at the Open Day was Commissioner of Police Moses Kafeero, Commander of Kampala Metropolitan Police. Also present was Major Kiconco Tabaro, the Public Relations Officer of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), who represented the OWC Deputy Chief Coordinator, Lt. Gen. Charles Angina. Both Commissioner of Police Moses Kafeero and Major Kiconco Tabaro are Alumni of Nkumba University. Lt. Gen. Charles Angina also studied at Nkumba University.

Prof. Mande informed the guests that a Bursary worth Ushs. 300,000/- was available for those qualified to join University and could meet the balance of the fees requirements.

He encouraged the young people to come and enhance their sports skills at Nkumba University, which he said was recognized for its outstanding sports performance in Uganda, East Africa and the entire Africa.

The Open Day was organized as part of a series of activities leading up to the 25th Anniversary of the University, which falls on June 18, 2019. Various Schools of the University exhibited and demonstrated the practical application of what they teach. The six Schools of the University include: School of Business Administration and Information Technology; School of Education; School of Commercial, Industrial Art and Design; School of Social Sciences; School of Sciences; and, the School of Law.  

The following secondary schools attended the Open Day: Kitende Secondary School, Airfield High School in Kajjansi, Entebbe Comprehensive Secondary School, Entebbe Parents Senior Secondary School and Mackay College, Natete. The others were Air Force Secondary School in Entebbe, Divine Secondary School, Entebbe Secondary School and Wits College Namulanda. 

Commissioner of Police Moses Kafeero asked the students not to only learn but be thinkers as well. He encouraged the young people to choose Nkumba University for further education.

Major Kiconco Tabaro said that OWC was engaged upon enhancing household incomes via, among other interventions, agriculture, tourism and education. He said that OWC was not only undertaking the necessary sensitization and distribution of farm inputs but was also intent upon organizing communities through, for instance, cooperatives and unions, to facilitate wealth creation. Major Tabaro said that it was crucial to involve communities in identifying areas of investment in the endeavor to enhance people’s incomes. 

He said that OWC was to introduce ICT in its engagement with stakeholders so as to enhance community participation, including tapping into student innovations.

He thanked Nkumba University for demonstrating hands-on application of wealth creation.