Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda has said Government is fully cognizant of the invaluable contributions of Makerere University to our country and to the world.

Dr Rugunda made the remarks during the 1st session of the 67th graduation ceremony of Makerere University on Tuesday.

PM Rugunda (infront of mace bearer) & Prof. Suruma behind in the procession for 67th MUK graduation ceremony(Photo by PMPU)

“As Government, we appreciate the role that Makerere University plays in training vital human resources for the region. We are indeed fully aware of the many challenges which are facing this great institution and Government is committed to solving them,” said the Premier.

Rugunda said His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni appointed a Visitation Committee led by Dr. Abel Rwendeire to inquire into the affairs of Makerere University, adding that Government is looking forward to the successful conclusion of the Visitation Committee’s work and to receiving its recommendations.

He said Government established a committee in June 2016, to review Makerere University’s Fees Policy and that he was happy to note that the committee had successfully completed its work after receiving contributions from both students and other stakeholders.

“I therefore urge all parties to continue abiding by the new Fees Policy in order to ensure the financial health and sustainability of the University,” Rugunda said adding that Government recognizes the need to pay regionally competitive wages in order to attract and retain quality academic staff. “We therefore remain committed to increasing the salaries of staff in public universities,” he said.

Rugunda also urged the graduands to take advantage of the Government financed Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.

“Now more than ever before, you will be hard-pressed to exercise your creative imagination, your intellectual capacities and your endurance to achieve success,” he cautioned.

The Chancellor Makerere University, Prof Ezra Suruma is his remarks commended the graduands for the spirit of hard work, endurance and self-control that has brought them this far.

“The degrees we are awarding you today testify to the hardships, the discipline, the commitment, the pain and the tears you have shed over the years and decades of academic struggle,” Prof Suruma said also thanking the parents and guardians for the sacrifices they made to educate their children.

The Vice- Chancellor Prof. Ddumba Ssentamu said 14,897 students will graduate with degrees and diplomas during the 67th graduation ceremony comprising of 45.9% female and 54.1% male.75 were Doctoral students of whom 24 were female and 51 male.

He thanked Government for supporting the University and also appointing the visitation committee to look into the affairs of the University.