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Bishop wants Government to Support Private Universities

by Amanyisa Zadock

The Rt. Rev. Nathan Ahimbisibwe, the Bishop of South Ankole Diocese wants the government of Uganda to support private Universities for purposes of sustainability.

Bishop Ahimbisibwe made the request while officiating as guest of honor at the third graduation ceremony of Ankole Western University (AWU) on Wednesday, 10th July 2019 at the University campus in Kabwohe, Sheema municipality.

He argued that private universities operate in hard conditions because they do not have access to government funds, a reason they go for bank loans with high interest rates and end up choking on debts.
“Private universities do not have access to government funds. They rely mainly on tuition fees and bank loans that attract abnormal and high interest rates from banks to grow and develop. There is also an uphill of taxes. We request the government to look into this matter seriously,” said Bishop Ahimbisibwe

According to the Bishop, supporting and encouraging private universities will help more people access higher education in Uganda.

Bishops Twinomujuni(Left) and Ahimbisibwe sharing a light moment during the graduation ceremony.

A total of 319 students graduated in different academic programmes including Public Administration, Business Administration, Information Technology, Agriculture, Office Management, Social Work and Social Administration, etc. They graduated with Bachelors Degrees(11), Diplomas(196), and Certificates(112). This was a big day for AWU as it graduated its pioneer Bachelors Degree students.

Bishop Ahimbisibwe asked graduands to desist from under looking the jobs provided those jobs do not contravene their values and God’s commands. He requested them to market themselves, make their presence and absence felt wherever they go, and remember that they have a mission for a reason, but for a season.

“May you desist from under looking jobs provided they don’t contravene your values and God’s commands. May none of you become ” Judas Iscariot ” of this university, your family, and nation by becoming its betrayer. Shun away from corruption. Go and make a difference,” he asked

He lauded Rt. Rev. Johnson Twinomujuni and his team for the supporting the university grow and become a magnet attracting students from Uganda and beyond. He emphasized that AWU, like any other learning center is for all the people as long as they qualify and meet the standards of the university.

“Dear Chancellor, thank you and your team for the support that you have accorded this university from the time you came in as Diocesan Bishop adding to what the people of God were doing before,” he said

Some of the graduands being presented before the chancellor during the graduation ceremony.

The Bishop also used the opportunity to appreciate all the people that have contributed financially, socially, spiritually and gave in their property to develop AWU.

The University Chancellor, Rt. Rev. Johnson Twinomujuni urged the congregation to promote quality and high moral standards.

“Our society has been hit hard by moral decadence and pseudonymity. Quality designations are put to fake and counterfeit products. Truth and falsehood are juxtaposed. Different ideologies have been coined to mar the sovereignty and objectivity of truth. May this not be allowed on this ground.” Bishop Twinomujuni urged

He asked graduands to protect their bodies, maximize their potential, know and avoid vices of the times, exercise faith and reason, and keep learning.
The Vice Chancellor, Rev. Can. Dr. W.W. Kamukama said that AWU intends to focus on Agriculture as its niche program because the region and Uganda are predominantly agricultural yet with few Agriculture training institutions at higher level.

He asked parents to buy laptops, smart phones, and notepads for students to enable them fit into the digital age as the university copes with the digital revolution on its way to become a regional science and technology hub.

Twelve students(Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates) graduated with distinctions and were awarded with prizes as a way of recognizing their excellent performance.

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