Muteesa I Royal University welcomed into its growing intellectual community 1,100 students of the two campuses of Kirumba in Masaka and Kakeeka in Mengo, Kampala at an orientation function at the latter campus on Friday.
In the different courses that admitted students this academic year, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology had the biggest number of admissions at 100 while Bachelor of Business Education (In-service) had the least with just one student.
Since the university got licensed by the National Council for Higher Education two years back, Muteesa I Royal University is today composed of four faculties, namely: Education; Social, Cultural and Development studies; Business Management; and Science and Information.
Freshers’ welcome orientation parties are common in most of Uganda’s universities where new university entrants are informed and enlightened on the dos and don’ts s at university while providing them the opportunity to get to know each other. At Muteesa I, there exist the positions of Chief Fresher and Deputy Chief Fresher whose responsibility is to act as a “freshers’ encyclopedia.”
Wasswa Ssepuuya, the 2009/2010 Chief Fresher highlighted areas that first year students ought to understand in their stay at the university among such as respect for lecturers and students, discipline which is the core value at the university and decent dressing.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Elisha Semakula welcomed the new students while emphasizing the importance of freshers’ orientation which started about 800 years ago in Europe, assuring them that they made a wise decision by joining Muteesa I Royal University.
“Freshers’ orientation provides occasion for management to reflect on their work; for the students it reflects maturity from secondary school life to university where they are expected to acquire knowledge and exercise maturity in their judgments,” said Prof. Semakula.
“Nobody is stopping you from having fun at Mutesa 1 Royal University but note that you have coursework and exams to pass. Strive to be prompt, try not to be selective submit your assignments on time and read hard to justify the trust we bestowed upon you,” he added. He disclosed that plans are underway to start courses such as Law, SWASA, Mass Communication, Tourism, and Veterinary Medicine in the near future.
The activities started at 3p.m. with Kiganda cultural dances from the students which were punctuated with short announcements and speeches. There were also cultural performances by members of Bobi Wine’s Firebase Crew.
The university, owned by Buganda Kingdom, was established when ownership of Uganda Technical College, Masaka (Masaka Technical Institute) was transferred from the Government of Uganda to Buganda Kingdom in January 2007.
MRU opened on October 1, 2007 after acquiring an Interim Letter of Authority from the National Council for Higher Education on April 5, 2005 and a Provisional Licence on July 6, 2007.