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The UN Ambassador has urged Ndejje University graduates to begin
planning to set up small businesses to avoid disappointments from
Prof. Margie Kigozi made the call while officiating at the university’s
21 st B Graduation ceremony held (March 6) at its Luwero - based Main
The university presented a total of 1043 graduands for the award of
certificates, diplomas and degrees. Of the total 843 are females and
201 males which demonstrated Ndejje University commitment to
gender mainstreaming in national development Vision 2040.
Prof. Kigozi highlighted the importance of the university in leading to
higher productivity towards improved economic output among other
attributes of higher education in building a knowledgeable society and
“It also results in individual enrichment and increased lifetime earnings
which raise the level of household consumption and direct impact on
increasing national Gross Domestic Product (GDP),” she said.
The Ambassador however advised the graduates to remain flexible by
creating and growing small businesses with available opportunities
gifted by nature in the service sector, agriculture, construction and
creative arts industry.
“Investment in tertiary education has also increased from 23 registered
universities to another 30 to be certified. The number of graduates is
therefore much more than the new jobs available.
“ You may need to consider starting your own business. Those with jobs
need to understand that jobs are not permanent anymore,” the former
Uganda Investment Authority Director told the graduates.
The Chancellor Dr. Wlberforce Kisamba Mugerwa said streamlining
higher education was inevitable for the country to develop and
appealed for the harmonious consultative process with the education
“The stakeholders of higher education need to continuously be
consulted by the institutions to give feedback concerning the
effectiveness of the graduates in relation to their role to national socio-
economic development,” he said.
The chancellor disclosed two new courses; the Bachelor of Sports
Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery in the offing and awaiting
He however advised the graduates to make a positive difference in the
communities and remain God-fearing and responsible citizens.
While welcoming graduates, Vice Chancellor Prof. Eriabu Lugujjo said
Ndejje University has continued to sustain its Charter status by ensuring
that the courses offered are accredited and curricular continuously
renovated to respond to the needs and aspiration of the society.
“The university is on the right path of Uganda Vision 2020, anchored on
science and technology which will see the country change from a
peasant to a modern democratic and prosperous country that use
modern science, technology and innovation,” the CEO said.
He said the university intends this year to boost the students intake by
increasing the number on long distance programmes and upgrading
programmes at diploma level.