In exercising the authority vested in him under Section 31 (b) of the Universities and other Tertiary Institutions Act, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe presided and conferred Postgraduate Diplomas, Ordinary Diplomas and Certificates at the 14th MUBS Graduation Ceremony on Friday, May 31, 2019.
Prof. Nawangwe commended MUBS for contributing to Makerere University’s international ranking and the country’s economic development through research and publication. He appealed to Government to give Universities more research funds emphasizing that, it would help in developing clear action plans and intervention programs directly connected to promoting economic growth and improving people’s livelihoods.
Prof. Nawangwe further commended MUBS for equipping the students with entrepreneurial and innovative skills to empower them create jobs.
Over 1,286 students graduated from the MUBS with certificates, diplomas in carious disciplines.
The Principal Prof. Waswa Balunywa, appealed to sister universities to start teaching students courses designed to end unemployment caused by technology disruption which is likely to worsen in the next five to ten years. “We are worried that in the next five to ten years, unemployment is going to double because of jobs which will be taken over by machines. We should start training our students in data mining,” he said.
He also appealed to government to harmonizes salaries of the academic staff in MUBS. He noted that Government enhanced salaries of academic staff of all public Universities but despite the announcement salaries of over 230 academic staff of MUBS have not been enhanced.
The Principal further explained that these lecturers have never been put on government pay roll and thus called upon government to find money to pay these academic staff before the situation gets out of hand.
Responding to his request, the State Minister for Sports, Hon. Charles Bakabundi advised the lecturers to remain calm adding that government will soon have the issue addressed.
Meanwhile, the Managing Director National Social Security Fund Mr. Richard Byarugaba, delivered a Commencement speech and emphasized that in this era of technology, students must embrace technology, innovation and creativity so as to increase their employability and remain competitive. He said that the number one skill employers want today is creativity. Byarugaba emphasized that employers nowadays look out for employees who have skills that computers don’t have.
He further advised the graduands to be flexible. “No matter the career path you choose, be dynamic and be flexible with the environment around you. Work is no longer confined to a desk, city or country,” he advised.