At least eight students have graduated with PhDs at the just concluded 19tth graduation ceremony of Kyambogo University.
Six students are from the school of Education and the rest two are from the Faculty of Science.
“Among today’s graduands, we are honoured to have eight PhD students. Six from the School of Education and two from the Faculty of Science” the University Public Relations Officer posted on the university X handle.
According to the University Vice Chancellor, Professor Eli Katunguka Rwakishaya, this is the highest number of PhD students graduating at Kyambogo university.
Among the students, there is Dr. Mary Anyango who has graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Education, with her publication titled “Performance Management and Job Performance of Academic Staff at Makerere University, Uganda”.
The study was supervised by Dr. Regis Zombeire Kamaduuka and Rev. Sr. Dr. Maria Gorreti Kaahwa.
Another student is Dr. Okia Henry Stanley who has graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Education at Kyambogo university, with his publication titled “Support Supervision and Teacher Performance in government-aided Primary Schools in Teso sub-region, Uganda.” He investigated the relationship between support supervision and teacher performance in government aided primary schools.
The results revealed that support supervision was perceived as monitoring and standards enforcement activity rather than a professional development and performance improvement practice. Among others.
The study recommended that support supervision should aim at mentoring competence and professional development of teachers rather than using it as a tool for monitoring and ensuring adherence to set standards.
The study was supervised by Dr. Esther Frances Naluwemba and Asst. Prof. George Wilson Kasule.
On 6th, the first day of graduation, HE Vice president Jessica Alupo, while representing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni applauded the university for its increasing capacity by growing in PhD students graduating every year.
“With 9 new doctoral programs and a variety of other academic offerings, your commitment to Uganda’s transformation is laudable” she applauds.
Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu, the State Minister for Primary Education, who represented the First Lady and Minister for Education, Janet Museveni called on Kyambogo University’s management to continue increasing the number of PhDs in science, technology, and innovation to enhance the research agenda in the country.
Since the establishment of Kyambogo University in the early 2000’s, the university had never produced PhD graduates, until 2019 during the 16th graduation.
In this year, the first ever PhD students were crowned. These were Michael Bamuwamye and Samuel Gafuma who became the first people in the records of the university to graduate with PhD degrees from the Department of Food Technology today at the graduation ceremony which will take place at the university.