23rd Feb, 2024 2:14pm
The annual event which lasted two days was organized by the alumni of the Islamic university in Uganda and held in Mbale City with several activities including a health camp, blood donations, and career guidance at Nkoma SS, tree planting, exhibition and dinner at Mbale court’s view hotel.
The event was flagged off by the rector iuiu assoc Prof. Ismail Simbwa Gyagenda with a band match from IUIU main campus through Mbale to Nkoma SS on the 10th February 2024.
The Head Teacher of Nkoma Secondary School, Mr. Kawanguzi Abubakr, expressed gratitude to the alumni for organizing a health camp and career guidance sessions for the students. He highlighted about the history between IUIU and Nkoma SS, highlighting the school's relocation to make room for the university's expansion.
Mr. Kawanguzi appealed for support from the university to assist financially disadvantaged yet academically bright students with scholarships, ensuring they have access to higher education.
Dr. Jamil Serwanga, the vice-rector in charge of academic affairs at IUIU, emphasized the university's commitment to instilling Islamic values and fostering decency among students. He spoke of the university's dedication to providing students with the necessary skills and attitudes aligned with the core values of IUIU.
The national coordinator of the EMYOOGA program, Namwenge Ritah, lauded the organizing committee for their efforts in creating an impactful event. She particularly commended the exhibition, which provided local businesses with valuable exposure.
The exhibition featured a diverse array of businesses and organizations from Mbale and beyond, including Stanbic Bank, Dresmount Elgon Tree Planting Enterprise, Elgon Katale, CCP Vocational Training Institute, and many more. Exhibitors showcased their products and services, interacted with clients, and exchanged contacts and business cards.
The President of the IUIU Alumni Association praised the organizing committee for their hard work and urged them to utilize the collective power of the alumni community for social empowerment initiatives.
The Rector IUIU, Assoc Prof Ismail Simbwa Gyagenda highlighted the university's recent progress, including the construction of new engineering and agribusiness faculties, and plans for a halal laboratory. He emphasized the university's collaborations with other institutions and its role as a capacity builder in Islamic banking and finance.
The rector expressed gratitude to the government for facilitating the establishment of Salaam Bank in Uganda and reaffirmed IUIU's commitment to excellence in Islamic banking and finance education.
The Guest of Honor Minister of State for Defence and Veteran Affairs, Huda Oleru, urged fellow alumni to continue supporting IUIU by enrolling in advanced programs such as master's and PhDs. She made a generous contribution of 1.5 million to the Alumni Scholarship Fund, underscoring the importance of investing in future generations
The event was concluded with a fundraising activity where members pledged contributions to the Alumni Scholarship fund.