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  • 20th November, 2018 12:00am
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Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has commended the Islamic University in Uganda for its decision to prioritize science education, noting this is in line with the government policy.

In a speech delivered for him by Vice President Edward Sekandi at IUIU’s 26th graduation ceremony in Mbale on November 3, Museveni appreciated the University for starting a medical school.  

"Am happy that the University introduced a very good medical school at Kampala campus. I have further learnt that besides the bachelors of medicine and bachelors of surgery, IUIU has also introduced the bachelors of Nursing sciences and biomedical science," the president stated.

The President noted that the IUIU’s science initiatives are highly commendable because Uganda and Africa as a whole still need many health workers.

He further expressed delight for the institution’s plan to establish the faculty of engineering and technology with the help of Islamic development bank (IDB).

“We understand the importance of having a critical mass of technicians and engineers in the development process of our country and with such a project established, a number of resourceful individuals will lead to our growth,” he acknowledged.

The president regretted the high unemployment levels which he blamed on theoretical approaches rather than skill-based training of graduates among many institutions of higher learning.

He however brought to notice that IUIU with support from IDB, the government of Turkey and other OIC countries are working to introduce over ten skills-based programmes to enable the youths in the country be self-reliant in accordance with the government’s policy of skilling Ugandans.

He advised graduates to exercise integrity and honesty in order to gain success with their career endeavours. 

 “Remember that your behaviour and conduct in terms of integrity, honesty and hard work are key drivers to your career success,” he cautioned.

The president asked the graduates to be good ambassadors of the university and role models in their respective countries by exercising a high sense of integrity and moral values acquired from this university.

He called upon students to embrace the government youth fund programmes to actualize their innovative, imaginative and creativity dreams that can potentially accelerate the economic transformation of Uganda.