By Drake Nyaugabwa
With the theme: “Vocationalisation of higher education in Uganda”, Multitech Business School MBS held their Seventh graduation ceremony last week at the Kakiri campus, with 462 graduating in various disciplines. These include; Post graduates, Degrees, Diplomas and certificates. A total of 121 graduands were awarded by other bodies; including Certified Public Accountants, CISCO Certified Network Associates of CISCO Network Acady USA and Uganda Martyrs University among others.
The Chairman, Founders Board, Aloysius Kyeyune Ssemanda, told the graduates that the current absence of job placements can be mitigated through entrepreneurship, strategic business planning, marketing, financial literacy among others; which he says will give a competitive edge to graduates and be relevant the needs of the society.
The Minister for Education and Sports, Hon Janet Kataha Museveni, whose statement was read by State Minister of Education;says that Uganda can become a regional source of manpower with the support of the government. She congratulated the graduates for their successes, adding that since MBS was elevated to a degree awarding institution, more developments have been witnessed by the institution.
Kyeyune says that there is need to regularly review academic programmes and design new ones to make them relevant to the work place, adding that the academic programmes at MBS are currently running alongside with vocation skills to enable graduates increase their skills base and to have multiple qualifications that can start out a business.
“Academic programmes are now run side by side with selected vocations at the student’s choice. This enables graduates to increase their skills base and also receive multiple qualifications such that all pass out with a vocational skill that is a basis to start out a business.” he said.
Professor Mondo Kagonyera who was the presiding officer at the graduation says that in order to reverse the trend of unemployment, institutions of higher learning need to raise the skills and literacy levels of their outputs if the country is to yield large economic gains. He adds that graduates needs to have both theoretical with practical knowledge and skills of entrepreneurship and self-employment
“The aims of vocationalisation include among others, nurturing innovativeness, creativity and capacity for independent and critical thought, embracing teaching and learning through hands on processes that guarantee young peoples’ formal education equipped with confidence, aptitude, and skills they need for life and for work.” he said.
The first class award winners includes Sajjabi Ronald -Bachelor of Business Computing with Vocational studies, Ssempa Zukuphah –Bachelor Information Technology with Vocational studies, Kiwendo Ronald –Diploma in Business Administration and Management, Naggayi Stella –Diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management among other graduates