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KIU conducts Virtual Graduation Ceremony


Aug 24, 2020

A total of 2,253 students graduated on Saturday at Kampala International University (KIU) adding to thousands of others already in the job market. 871 of the graduates are females whereas 1,382 are males. The 22nd graduation was held through a virtual system.

In his online-streamed speech, Al Hajji Hassan Basajjabalaba the University’s chairman board of trustees remarked that  Covid-19 has changed a lot of things in regard to how people live and work. “Many institutions of learning have found it hard to effectively adapt to the new normal. They have had to suspend key governance and operational activities. However, am happy to note that the University Council, Management and Staff of KIU swiftly adapted to the new virtual reality,” said Al Hajji Basajjabalaba.

Prof. Mouhamad Mpezamihigo the KIU Vice Chancellor

He added that graduates should figure out how they can apply knowledge and skills to add value to specific segments of the population. “I strongly urge you to go beyond the lamentation and look for the opportunity within the problems related to Covid-19. If you are keen and proactive enough, you can create your own opportunity in the new environment sooner than might have been in the old normal,” he encouraged.

The University Vice chancellor Prof Mouhamad Mpezamihigo said the institution is undertaking more than 23 research projects related to the Covid-19 Pandemic, which makes KIU senior academics and researchers relevant to the current pandemic situation. “The outbreak of the Corona Virus Disease Pandemic and subsequent semi lock-down aimed at preventing its spread, caused the closure of the University. However, as a forward-looking institution, we were able to upscale the functionality of the Learning Management System, in order to allow continuity of student learning using online resources, and re-tooling the academic and research staff for online delivery, research and innovations.” remarked Prof. Mpezamihigo.

Prof. Mahmood Mamdani the current University chancellor challenged all universities not to just train learners for an existing job market, but also to critically rethink the system at large.

He noted that all universities worth their calling must be spaces dedicated to open and broad discussions. “Education cannot just be prescriptive; it has also to be diagnostic. A type of discussion dedicated to creating a pluralistic environment. If we recognise that there is always more than one way to do any one thing, then we need to understand the consequences of each possible way of doing a thing. That means to think of the university as a space open to debate and discussion, to learning,” further remarked Prof. Mamdani.

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