There are many reasons why one should join a Student’s Association. At Makerere University Business School (MUBS) we have both Social and Academic Associations, each of them play a different role in shaping our students both socially and academically, some help you with career, some help you with social skills and some help you with personality development among others.
Some of the Associations in MUBS include The Makerere University Business School Entrepreneurship Association (MUESA), the Accounting Association (ASAMU), the Human Resource Association (HURMSAMU), the Economics Association (MUBS –ESA), the Transport and Logistics (MUBTRA), Business Statistics (BUSSA), Tour travel and Hospitality (MUBSYHA), Real Estates (MURESA), Procurement (MPSCSA), Marketing (MSAMUBS). Those are the academic associations besides NKombazambogo, Tesda, Acholi Students Association, Basoga Nsete, Toro Students Association, Great Arua, Madi, Karamojong students Associations among others which are social associations.
In the recent past the Office of the Dean of Students through the Students relations office is revamping associations in the School especially the academic Associations by holding an academic day that is scheduled in February 2017. The Academic day is to empower and motivate the activities of associations especially the academic ones by giving them an opportunity to showcase what they do.
Why should you join an Academic Association as a student?
Networking: The easy and best way to network with students who have similar interests is joining a student association. It can help you with your career, hobby or anything that you are passionate about.
Social Skills: As a student you want to learn how to talk to other people from different cultures and countries. As a student, it is your opportunity to build some social skills.
Professional experience: If you join professional chapter student Associations like ASAMU, HURNSAMU that have active close relations with professional bodies, you will get exposed to lot of professional career that can help you build professionally. For instance, if you are a marketing student, joining the Marketing Association will help you get a feel of your professional career.
Personality development: If you join a student association, your communication skills will improve because you are interacting with different people. You may learn even more if you are on the executive Committee of the association. You learn to balance education and association work focusing on your goals.
Leadership Skills: If you become part of the executive Committee, you take up the responsibility or challenge to be a leader and you learn what it takes to be a leader. The school helps you by giving you training and instilling those good leadership skills.
Alumni Networking: Student Associations usually try to bring in alumni and ask them to share their experiences. It is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn from seniors who have graduated and get connected to them. It helps you with job search and mentoring. Many students get their internship through alumni networking.
Organization and Management Skills: Many of us are not familiar how an organization works and how to manage everything. If you are on the executive Committee you get to learn how fundraising works, how finances work, how to market for events, how to work as a team. It helps you in the long run for your job or if you are opening your own business.
Friendships and Fun: Life is not just about career and making money. It is about building friendships and having fun. You get a chance to meet people and build good friendships. You will be part of the social activities and will have so much fun.
The Office of the Dean of students, look forward to seeing our students participate and take our associations to greater heights. The office is in the process of streamlining these associations by making a policy and regulations that will guide the activities of the associations.
Martha Abeja Ekure; Students Relations Office