IUIU Hosts US Ambassador, HE Natalie E. Brown
- 03rd March, 2022 12:00am
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On Wednesday, 2nd March, 2022, the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) hosted the Ambassador of the United States of America (USA) to Uganda Her Excellency Natalie E. Brown at its Main Campus in Mbale City.Before interacting with the students, the Ambassador held a high profile meeting with the top administrators of the Islamic University in Uganda led by the Rector Professor Ismail Simbwa Gyagenda.
In his remarks, the Rector of IUIU Professor Ismail Simbwa Gyagenda commended Ambassador Brown for the visit.
“I need to thank you from the bottom of my heart for insisting to visit the Islamic University in Uganda. We have a beautiful place here that started with only 80 students in 1988. Among the pioneer students include Dr. Halima Wakabi Akbar who is the current Academic Registrar. The next cohort saw the current IUIU Vice Rector (Finance and Administration) Professor Abdul Kaziba Mpaata and the current Vice Rector (Academic Affairs) Dr. Jamil Serwanga joining the university,” Professor Gyagenda explained.
Professor Gyagenda said IUIU is committed to partnering with the US Embassy in Uganda to continue providing quality education in Uganda and the region.
“IUIU is committed to partnering with the US Embassy in Uganda to continue promoting education in the country. I need to applaud the US Embassy for giving us the first equipment we used at our radio station (93.1 IUIU FM),” the Rector said.
During an interactive session with the students, Ambassador Natalie E. Brown challenged the students of the Islamic University in Uganda to explore and use several opportunities if they want to be productive citizens in their respective communities. The Ambassador advised the students to utilize opportunities offered by the United States of America such as Fulbright Foreign Student Program and Mandela Washington Fellowship.
“There are several opportunities out there and it is up to you to grab them. You as students and young Africans, it is your time to grab and utilize these opportunities. The United States of America offers these programs to prepare young Africans become key players in social economic development of their countries,” Ambassador Brown said.
The diplomat said the United States is committed to continue supporting the education and health sectors in Uganda.
The Ambassador accompanied by IUIU top administrators visited and appreciated the State-of-Art library under construction, Computer Laboratories and 93.1 IUIU FM studios. This was the first time for Her Excellency Natalie E. Brown to visit the Islamic University in Uganda.Â