Mary Karooro Okurutu

2,962 students have today graduated during the 21st Graduation Ceremony of Kampala International University (KIU). They graduated with Diplomas, Bachelors, Masters, PhDs and Postgraduate degrees.

Among the graduates, 41 per cent were female, while 59 per cent were male. Also, 38 per cent of the students graduated with science-based awards while 62 per cent graduated with arts-based awards.

The Guest of Honor who doubles as the Minister in Charge of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, Mary Karooro Okurut, lauded the Chairman of the university,  Hajji Hassan Basajjabalaba for investing to produce graduands from KIU every year.

“The government congratulates KIU for launching a program in field of Health Sciences, and for launching the state of the art School of Science and Technology,” she said.

She further urged the University to concentrate on the achievement of PhD holders from the university, and advised the graduands to overcome new challenges every day to achieve success and commit themselves to lifelong learning.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Prof. George William Nasinyama presented the special awards in recognition of the 38 students that scored first class degrees. “Only 16 per cent of the students have been unable to graduate due to financial constraints,” he said.

He further beckoned to sponsors to come forward and aid in these students’ completion in their pursuit of education and also urged the graduands to jealously guard what they have earned.

The Vice Chancellor Dr. Mouhamad Mpezamihigo, on behalf of the Chancellor, commended KIU for its achievement in graduating wholesome students in contribution to society.

“KIU has become a center of knowledge creation and other universities should benchmark their curriculum with that of this institution,” he said.

The Chairperson University Council, Prof. Fred Mangeni Wabwire, in his speech, commended KIU for maintaining its stature by having world class infrastructure and quality ranking human resource. He also urged the students to pursue further education at KIU.

Basajjabalaba recognised other higher institutions of learning like Kyambogo University for offering their facilities for KIU’s engineering students to access. He also thanked the Government of Nigeria for providing over 30 PhD staff in service to the university.

At the end of the event, graduated students picked up their certificate as well as transcripts of academic records.