Fifty students from the faculties of Business and Management, Health Science, Humanities & Social Sciences as well as Science & Technology have today graduated at Victoria University during a ceremony held at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
Held under the theme ‘Developing Agents of Change,’ the ceremony that was presided over by the Chancellor Dr Martin Aliker and Vice Chancellor Assoc. Prof. Krishna N. Sharma also had Dr. David Byatike Matovu the University Council Chairman, Rajiv Ruparelia the University Director and Hon Dr Ham Muliira in attendance.
Dr. Martin Aliker, told the graduands that this was a day to celebrate achievements not only for themselves but the university as well.
“It’s a day to celebrate achievements of graduates and the university. To both parents and individuals, I congratulate all of you. No one will design life for you and you must do it yourself and our role is to guide. Therefore, consider it important to have friends and people who can help you follow your passion as you embrace the opportunities available in line with our theme of development change agents,” Dr Aliker said.
On his part, former ICT Minister Dr. Ham Mukasa Mulira, urged the graduands to develop advancement of skills as we were in a competitive market for jobs.
“Parents struggle to make this possible but sometimes students do not respond positively. Education being the biggest investment, this graduation is thus meant to celebrate your victory after sleepless nights and note that everybody does not get the opportunity,” Mulira said.
“There is no end in your education but the beginning of your lives and always keep running till you make it in life and even more. University Education is the last chance and education is not only about acquiring knowledge but building the body, mind and soul,” he added.
The day also witnessed the awarding of prizes to some outstanding graduates among whom were Allen Shayam from the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences who emerged as the best student with a CGPA of 4.93 and was followed by Patrick Wafuka with a CGPA of 4.64 while Sadam Asema from the faculty of Science and Information Technology had a CPGA of 4.61.
Speaking to Africa Tembelea, Rajiv Ruparelia, noted that he was committed to play a leading role in bringing and developing high–quality, student–centred learning opportunities based on standards of excellence that are unique, innovative and difficult to match.
“We have a reputation as a forward-thinking university through offering a vibrant and stimulating environment to further students’ studies,” Rajiv said.
Victoria University, accredited by the National Council for Higher Education and Uganda Nurses and Midwifery Council is owned by Ruparelia Group – a privately owned conglomerate.
The University offers short, professional, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
It was the first to run the Advanced Diploma in Logistics and Transport program in Uganda and is accredited by Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), with which they entered a partnership recently.