By Mabonga Darlington
The former executive director National council for higher education [NCHE] Prof. John Opuda Asibo has said the government should deliberately come out with a specific scheme to give a supporting hand to private Universities in the country in appreciation of their relentless efforts they are doing in as far as building a strong human development base was concerned like offering specialized professional skills training opportunities to the population.
Prof. Opuda who is the current Chancellor Victoria University made the remarks on Friday during the 5th graduation ceremony were 47 students were awarded with different academic documents of which function was held at Speke Resort Munyonyo.
He said the government should applaud this human development scheme offered by private Universities such as Victoria and deliberately think of extending a supporting hand given that Covid-19 pandemic hit them hard as almost all lost their financial muscle.
‘It’s with great pleasure that I address this congregation for my first time as the chancellor of Victoria University and specifically presiding over this fifth graduation ceremony and wish to thank Dr. Sudhur Ruparelia as board chairman for entrusting me with such high responsibility and indeed do promise to serve to my best’ noted Prof.Opuda.
He observed that despite disruption for many months due to the Covid-19 pandemic which has deliberately kept away all international students, struggling by all to access remote learning, coupled by the negative financial impact on these Universities, Victoria like many others was steadily returning to offer that high end teaching environment to the student community which is a good gesture.
He revealed that this University was on its way to becoming chartered by the government through the national council for higher education given that it follows the enhancement of the Anthropocene skills or human activity problem solving skills such as communication technology, science, critical thinking, media literacy, business management, effective team work, responsibility to nature, national and international agendas including the environment among other key disciplines.
Turning to the students, he urged them to be ready to launch themselves with a competitive spirit in the market, to grow with a splash and to be independent in all actions they undertake alongside being proactive and ready for any challenge, do things because you understand and that you know your limitations so that you can overcome those limitations overtime.
‘Do not think that you are the only one who knows, yet you must endeavor to standout through being competitive as a unique individual and likewise do not p-pretend to know what you do not know as you will be discovered and regret it’ he cautioned adding that they need to be attractive to employers and workmates through their appearance and performance to enable their bosses to look for them because they are presentable, competent and that the advice they give has not only relied on the past but also looks at the present and the future.
Dr.Sudhur Ruparelia as founder board chairman said they had put in place all the necessary learning infrastructure that can allow the students to study under a conducive environment and urged all other Ugandans to join the facility for a brighter future.