King Oyo Asks Universities to Invest in Agriculture, Agribusiness

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King Oyo said such courses will play a critical role in transforming the Ugandan economy. By training employable graduates, he noted that universities will key players in curbing the increasing unemployment rate.

The Omukama of Tooro, Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV has asked Universities to invest in teaching agriculture, agribusiness and technology courses.

King Oyo said such courses will play a critical role in transforming the Ugandan economy. By training employable graduates, he noted that universities will key players in curbing the increasing unemployment rate.

He was speaking during the 16th graduation ceremony of Kampala International University held at the university's main campus in Kansanga today.

A total of 1,405 students graduated in various disciplines. 756 of the graduates were from the western campus, located in Ishaka Bushenyi district, 631 were from the main campus in Kansanga while 18 were from the Tanzania campus.
 
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King Oyo also cautioned graduates to maintain a positive attitude towards work. "Education doesn't stop when you graduate from the university, it doesn't stop when you attain a PhD. It's a moral duty because it's only through continuous learning that we can add to existing knowledge. If we stop learning, progress in all industries, finance, engineering and biology will stop."

KIU vice chancellor Dr Mohammad Mpezamihigo announced that the university is restricting academic units in order to maintain competitiveness and making positive contributions to society. He said the university is opening a school of natural and applied sciences and a school of life sciences which will be teaching veterinary medicine and surgery, agricultural sciences, food science and nutrition.

Others include a department for special needs and early childhood education and a school of digital, distance and e-learning. Starting February 2018, the university will open an institute of technical and vocational education to contribute to the skilling Uganda project.
 
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He appealed to government to expand the students' loan financing scheme and open government scholarships to private universities. He argued that government sponsored students should be allowed to join institutions of their choice.
 
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The university proprietor Hassan Basajjabalaba revealed that at Dar-es-Salaam, over 60 percent of students receive Tanzania government education loans while less than 5 percent of students in Uganda campuses get government loans.
 

 

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Blanshe Musinguzi
Musinguzi Blanshe is a politics-cum-business journalist. He joined Uganda Radio Network in February 2017. Previously, he worked at Daily Monitor and Red Pepper Publications Limited. He is keenly interested in data journalism.