Kampala International University (KIU) held its 17th graduation ceremony over the weekend, in which 32 students scored first-class degrees.
The graduation ceremony is notable for an increase in first-class graduands from 12 in July to 32 this term. Vice Chancellor, Dr Mouhammad Mpezamihigo noted that this improving performance reflected growing confidence by the students in their learning environment.
“Our students are grabbing more and more of the opportunities given to them to excel,” he said.
Dr Mpezamihigo was referring to increasing offers for internship at KIU, notably by the United Bank for Africa and telecom giant Vodafone, who are engaging nearly 100 students each year.
The latest graduation ceremonies saw 2,415 students receive degrees, diplomas and certificates in various disciplines. Of these 65 per cent obtained undergraduate degrees, compared to four per cent who got postgraduate qualifications, leaving 31 per cent to take certificates and diplomas.
Expounding on the numbers, Dr Mpezamihigo explained that the university was planning to raise its research profile, by hosting more postgraduate students. He explained that they were preparing themselves by equipping the laboratories, newly set up at the western campus in Ishaka.
This graduation is the last to feature students who completed their studies from the Dar es Salaam campus, which was recently awarded a charter by the Tanzanian government, and now becomes an independent institution.
In his remarks, the chairperson of the board of trustees, Al Hajji Hassan Basajjabalaba commended the students and university management for their good work and urged them to become good ambassadors for the institution through the good works.
He also challenged the continuing students to consider how to apply their studies in their daily works. In his parting remarks, the university chancellor, Prof John Sebuwufu, urged the graduands that the personal competencies acquired at KIU such as passion, commitment, tenacity and willingness to learn would be important throughout their lives. “Nurture them, they will be even more important than what you have learned,” he said.
“The phrase ‘the sea of knowledge has no boundaries’ should remind you that learning does not end with a university degree. It’s the end of one chapter and the beginning of another.”