The College of Business and Management Sciences has today January 31, 2024, the 3rd day of the 74th graduation ceremony, graduated 1,704 students. At the same function, five of the college’s senior researchers received the Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award 2023.
The researchers, Dr. Allen Kabagenyi, Dr. Peter Kisaakye, Assoc. Prof. Betty Kwagala, Dr. Francis Wasswa and Dr. Stephen Wandera, were recognized for having the highest number of publications, in the last 5 years, in the college. This year’s graduation saw 7 people graduate with PhDs, 214 with Masters, 4 with Post graduate diplomas and 1479 with undergraduate degrees from the College of Business and Management Sciences. Of these 900 are female while 803 are male representing 52.9% and 47.1% respectively.
During the course of the 74th graduation ceremony, a total of 12,913 graduands will receive degrees and diplomas of Makerere University. Of these, a total of 132 graduands will graduate with PhDs, 1585 with Masters degrees, 11,016 with Bachelor’s degrees, 156 with postgraduate diplomas, and 24 with undergraduate diplomas. 53% of the graduands are female and 47% are male. In the category of PhD graduands, 46 are female and 86 are male. In the category of students graduating with Master’s degrees, 699 are female and 886 are male.
While addressing the graduands, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, said the university’s goal is to graduate at least 200 PhDs per year in response to the World Bank’s call for at least 100,000 PhDs for Africa over the next 10 years, to pull the continent out of poverty.
He also congratulated the college upon the various milestones achieved in the last one year which include, drafting of the proposed Parish Development Model (PDM) implementation strategy. This, the College did, in partnership with the UNDP. The draft strategy is under review by the Office of the Prime Minister. The Strategy will go a long way in improving Parish Development Model (PDM) implementation.
The VC reechoed the Chief Justice’s call to the fresh graduates to go to the communities and sensitise people about the potential of the Parish Development Model to get them out of poverty if they invest the money provided by Government wisely.
“If this initiative fails, we will all have failed, and I encourage everybody to keep politics out of this initiative. We have more than 200,000 students in all universities in Uganda and only 60,800 parishes. Theoretically there are three students for each parish. If we all, Government and universities think out of the box, we can go to every parish and make the difference that is so badly needed,” Prof. Nawangwe said.
The VC congratulated the college upon holding the first entrepreneurship congress which brought which gave students an opportunity to network and learn from practitioners, entrepreneurs and financial institutions among others.
He noted that the School of Economics entered a new partnership with Oxford University and jointly hosted the 2023 workshop on Economic Development in Africa, while the School of Statistics and Planning also co-hosted an international conference on “Ageing and Health of Older Persons in Sub-Saharan Africa’ in February 2023.
Celebrating Top Students
The Vice Chancellor recognized the top performing students in the college, who are to be awarded by different partner organizations.
Lwamasaka Prosper, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce and a CGPA of 4.62 will be awarded by ACCA for his outstanding performance.
Mr. Jude Sebuliba, graduating with a Masters of Economics, will receive the Economic Policy Research Center Young Professionals Program 2024, from EPRC.
Five (5) students of Bachelor of Actuarial Sciences will be awarded by Prudential Assurance Uganda Limited. The awardees will receive one-year apprenticeship at Prudential, USD 500 each and sponsorship for professional Actuarial Certification.
The students are: Muhumuza Mark with a CGPA of 4.44, Kobugabe Michelle Audrey with a CGPA of 4.22, Uwera Ruth Michelle with a CGPA of 4.20, Bunjo Stephen Hugh with a CGPA of 4.18 and Namuddu Anneliz with a CGPA of 4.18. I congratulate all the students upon this great achievement.
Makerere University Transcripts and Certificates
In the past two years, Makerere University has come up with measures aimed at making the issuance of academic transcripts and certificates very fast and convenient by shortening the clearance process. In November 2022 the university organized the Public Fair on Transcripts and Certificates during which more than 4,650 certificates and 4,113 transcripts were issued. This year, with the support of the University Council and Senate, the Department of the Academic Registrar, the Directorate of ICT Support Services, and the leadership at the Colleges, the academic transcripts for students graduating during the 74th graduation ceremony were printed before graduation. “The academic transcripts are ready and they are due for issuance to graduands who have satisfied the academic and financial obligations I therefore urge all our graduands to pick their transcripts from their respective colleges,” the VC said.
The Vice Chancellor congratulated all graduands and called on them to Cherish the knowledge and experiences they have received, but remember that learning never ends.