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Over 1,400 students graduate at MUBS

Some of the best-performing students waiting to be conferred (PHOTO/Courtesy)

Over 1,400 graduands are set to receive Postgraduate Diplomas, Diplomas, and certificates in a virtual ceremony organized at the Makerere University Business School (MUBS) in Nakawa.

The 15th MUBS graduation ceremony combines cohorts from two academic years including those who should have graduated in May 2020 and another in 2021.

Prof. Waswa Balunywa, the Principal MUBS has urged the graduands to start their own businesses, however small, other than hanging on the streets looking for jobs.

“The world has changed tremendously and continues to change. There are hundreds if not thousands of young people on the street. One of the things we try to do in this institution is to empower you to be able to go out and start your own businesses. We prepare you for interviews, to be able to get into work and be different. Find something that you can do. Even with 50,000, you can start a business,” Balunywa urged the graduands.

Prof. Waswa Balunywa, the Principal, MUBS addressing the graduands at university’s main campus, Nakawa on Friday

He also asked them to be diverse and target digital markets, saying that it is the way to go.

“As young people, the business has changed, it’s online. How many online engagements do you?”, he urged before warning them to be careful in the world.

“Remember, as you go out of this gate, the world is very different. The world out there is not kind.”

Prof Balunywa revealed that the graduation ceremony consisted of two consecutive years.

“Last year we were unable to graduate a group of 2019/2020 and so we are combining it with a group of 2020/2021.”

Presiding over the function, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the vice-chancellor of the Makerere University, congratulated the university council, management, and staff for this 15th graduation ceremony.

“This is testament to the great stewardship of Engineer Ngobya and Prof. Balunywa over the years, congratulations.”

He also lauded the university for their students’ discipline and respect for the rule of law, saying that this has cultivated a conducive environment for learning and excellent performance at MUBS.

Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe addressing MUBS 15th graduands on Friday

“MUBS have over the years demonstrated leadership in academia and has produced the best overall and the best students in the humanity at Makerere University graduation for several years,” Nawangwe acknowledged.

“As Makerere University we value discipline and academic integrity and we applaud MUBS for the positive contributions that you are making towards the global reputation of Makerere in terms of research and publication, number of professors and PhDs, and the quality of your graduates.”

Prof. Nawangwe also commended the management of MUBS for the determination to improve the engagement of staff in research.

“Staff at MUBS have done research in various areas of management of polymers, the government forum, the cultural based-model for building grassroots governance structures.”

Due to covid-19 induced lockdowns, the institution was not able to hold the event for the 2020 graduands.

Over 1,400 graduands are set to receive Postgraduate Diplomas, Diplomas and certificates in a virtual ceremony organised at the Makerere University Business School (MUBS) in Nakawa (PHOTO/Courtesy)

According to data from the institution, 39 prisoners are also set to receive their certificates in entrepreneurship studies.

The hybrid event is being held across the country in four other MUBS campuses of Mbale, Mbarara, Arua, and in Jinja districts.

MUBS is an affiliate of Makerere University.

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