By Julius Mugaga Tukacungurwa/Umoja Standard.
Kampala, Uganda: During Day three of 73rd Graduation, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe- the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University cited the desire of the institution to be a partner with central Government in Parish Development Model (PDM) implementation.
In this regard, Prof. Nawangwe revealed that the university is already carrying out studies that will hopefully inform the successful implementation of this very important initiative.
Its on this note that he lauded Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma who is also the architect of the PDM for his zeal in looking for sustainable development solutions for our Country (Uganda).
To graduates, he emphasized that it is them to ensure that our businesses are run on sound business principles now that Uganda embraces the digital era and use of artificial intelligence in solving our development challenges, and that our food security is assured through the health of our livestock.
He added that the knowledge the University has imparted on them is enough to enable graduates face the world with confidence and to become part of the solution, not part of the problem and be critical thinkers, entrepreneurs and good managers of Uganda’s economy.
While conferring academic awards on students from College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity, College of Business and Management Sciences and College of Computing and Information Sciences Prof. Ezra Suruma- the Chancellor of Makerere University revealed how he made cursory examination of the doctoral research carried out by the doctorate candidates in the three colleges and was impressed by the subject matter and their findings.
He cited an example of the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity especially the study on ‘improved indigenous feed resources and feeding practices for African catfish’ where he mentioned that its implications are extremely promising for enhancing the production of catfish here in Uganda.
He also mentioned College of Business and Management Sciences whose attention was attracted to the attempt to examine how we can improve educational attainment in UPE and USE where learning outcomes have continued to be below standard.
“With regard to computing and information sciences, I took note of the study on disease surveillance with specific regard to the Nodding Syndrome. As we know this has been a serious disease especially in Northern Uganda. The study indicated that there is need for surveillance and control of the blackfly”. Said Prof. Ezra Suruma.
Today was graduation for students from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Animal Resources and Biosecurity (CoVAB), the College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) and the College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS).