By Yusuf Ogola
Victoria University on Friday morning held its second graduation ceremony where 23 graduands got degrees and diplomas.
Hosted at Kabira country club, the event was presided over by the university chancellor Dr Martin Aliker.
This year, 21 Degrees were awarded in the disciplines of nursing science, midwifery, public health, information systems, computer science, I.T, business administration as well as banking and finance. In addition, two graduands got Diplomas in social work and business information systems.
Fifteen (15) of this year’s graduands are female while eight (8) are male.
In his remarks, the Chancellor urged the graduands to strive towards achieving success as well as using the knowledge imparted to them to add value to society.
“As you go out into the society, be a good role model to others. Our country is experiencing an unprecedented decline in moral behaviour,” Dr. Aliker told the anxious graduands.
“Add value to society by showing compassion to the vulnerable and less privileged and use your knowledge to connect as human beings.”
The Acting Vice Chancellor of Victoria University, Joseph Nyakaana highlighted some of the strides made by the institution in the recent four years including the multiple number of programs that have been introduced.
“When new management took over in 2013, it had four faculties and less than five programs with only 27 students. But we believed in providing high standards despite the rather prohibitive demands for running a private university in Uganda.”
Currently, Victoria University runs over 30 programs, 199 students 97 of which are foreign nationals.
In addition to the 23 who received Degrees and Diplomas on Friday, the Vice Chancellor said the university has churned out about 150 more students on short Certificate courses majorly in Oil and Gas.
Rajiv Ruparelia, the Director Ruparelia Group of Companies and one of the promoters of the university said graduate students a key result area to any institution of learning.
“More important however is the value addition and productivity that these graduates will carry along with them into the job market,” Rajiv noted.
“We have invested heavily in the best facilities and believe that we have made our students different and competitive in the world of work. Through partnerships with companies like Google, Vodafoneand Kabero Foundation, students have been equipped with a range of skills,” he add