Reporting by Venenscias Kiiza
Bugema University Chancellor Dr.John Kakembo has advised graduates to engage in entrepreneurship activities to generate income for their living.
Presiding over the 20th graduation ceremony at Bugema on Sunday, the chancellor told the1700 graduands to be involved in income generating activities instead of waiting for employment.
“Now that Bugema University has imparted knowledge and skills in you, don’t sit down because the job is taking long to come on your way. Start your entrepreneurship projects now to enable you survive,” Dr Kakembo said. He revealed that the university is committed to expanding its curriculum both at the main campus and upcountry learning centers in an effort to extend education closer to the people.
The president of Washington Adventist University in Maryland, USA,Dr Richard Rajarathnan urged graduates to set up projects to improve their livelihood but also warned against indiscipline, saying it will block their way to success. He advised them on three words which are Success, Journey and destination.
“Success can be tangible or intangible. But you need to be honest with Morality, Truth and Integrity. No matter how intelligent you are, only your action will lead to your destiny,” Dr Richard said.
The American educationist called upon the graduands to be good sowers like the parable of the sower in the bible. He said they should be wise sowers and never quit just like in the bible how the sower kept on sowing despite
of some seeds falling on a hard rock.
He since asked them to use their time preciously. “God gave you the precious gift of time but the question remains how to use
it extremely well and hence do activities that change lives and never be discouraged.”He added.
He said perseverance is crucial and the world outside school is hard, necessitating early planning to ensure success.
The Seventh Day Adventist institution is fully accredited as a university by the Adventist Accrediting Association based in Maryland, USA. Bugema University is home to over 4,000 students from 17 countries. The majority of the students come from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia. 23 students graduated with first class degrees.
There are 5 public and 22 private universities in Uganda. These institutions generate thousands of graduates who can’t be absorbed into formal employment.