By Julius Mugaga Tukacungurwa/Umoja Standard.
Kampala, Uganda: On Wednesday, the Islamic Republic of Iran through Uganda Journalist Association (UJA) has given out 20 scholarships to Ugandan Journalists to upgrade in communication and other studies.
The scholarship is open to journalists who wish to upgrade from the level of certificate to diploma, diploma to bachelor’s degree, masters and doctorate in the following courses that include International Relations, Law, Business Management, Islamic Economics, Islamic History, Persian Language and Literature among others.
(L-R) Abby Ramadhan- UJA Secretary for Production, Emma Kirunda- UJA Secretary General, Abdollah Abbasi, the Cultural Consulor for the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Uganda, Isa Kigongo- UJA Secretary for External Affairs and Issah Luyimbaazi Kakungulu, the Public Relation officer at the Cultural Consulate of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran pose for a group photo after the meeting.
Speaking in the meeting with UJA executive at Iran Cultural Consulate Kololo, Abdollah Abbasi, the Cultural Consulor for the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Uganda said Journalists play an important role in Educating and developing the Country, they need to have vast knowledge.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran gives out about over 9000scholarship every year to students to enrolled at different institutions of higher learning in an effort to build human resource development in all fields, therefore Iran is committed to support Uganda Journalists Association and achieve their goals,” said Abbasi.
Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) executive with Cultural Consule of Islamic Republic of Iran in Uganda officials.
He However warned journalists against un professionalism saying journalism based on propaganda is dangerous to the national development which journalists should avoid.
‘Uganda and Islamic Republic of Iran are like brothers and sisters. Let us continue the good cooperation at all levels’.
Issah Luyimbaazi Kakungulu, the Public Relation officer at the Cultural Consulate of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran said Iran has been giving out a lot of scholarship to Ugandans but this a great opportunity for Ugandan Journalists and the Embassy to take Journalists as a special group.
According to Katungulu, a journalist will just need to present his documents, especially the transcript and passport, to have his or her documents processed and the rest of expenses around studies will be catered for by the host country.
According Emmanuel Kirunda, the UJA Secretary General, applauded the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran for giving opportunity to Journalist to upgrade to level of a doctorate.
“The scholarship has come in right time as many Journalists were affected by COVID-19, many lost their job, others have totally nothing and economy is not good on the side journalist’’ said Kirunda.