The festive season is here again, which also marks the end of our calendar year 2019. On behalf of management, I wish to thank the teaching and administrative staff, students, parents, suppliers, and all partners for the services and support you have rendered to the University throughout the year 2019. It is because of you that the University has been able to register substantive growth during the year and therefore we have a very reason to feel upbeat about our University.
Some of the significant achievements we have registered in the course of the year have included: The completion of the Charter application process and now awaiting the inspection and final decision of the National Council for Higher Education. The University was competitively selected by the Association of Uganda University Sports to host the 18th edition of the Inter University Games to be held from 15th to 20th December 2019. We chose “Celebrating Sports and Scientific Innovation” as thetheme for the Games; to reflect our other achievement in the area of scientific innovation as well; there as on being that again this year our University won the Best Exhibitor Award at the National Council for Higher Education Exhibition held in March 2019. We also won in 2018, which made it a two consecutive year win. The Award is based on what the judges consider as overall best scientific innovations exhibited. In April, we hosted for the first time the Katikkiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga. The University successfully held the4th Graduation ceremony on 25th October 2019 at which Bishop Emeritus John Baptist Kaggwa of Masaka Diocese was the main Holy Mass Celebrant and Hon Charles Bakabulindi, Minister of State for Sports as Guest of Honour. A number of new staff with doctoral degrees joined us this year. One of our own, Dr. Jacqueline Kyosiimire-Lugemwa of the Faculty of Health Science did us proud by winning the 2019 edition of the prestigious L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science in recognition of her scientific research. We heartily congratulate her on winning this international Award. In October our students of Biomedical Laboratory Technology hosted here the first ever and very successful Inter University Biotechnology Symposium, which attracted over 600 participants from public and private universities and research organizations across the country. We renewed our memoranda of understanding with African Sisters Education Collaborative. The list of what we have achieved in 2019 list cannot be exhausted. For example I have not been able to list personal achievements such as holy matrimony, giving birth, completion of homes, etc.
We owe such a bounty of achievements allow me to extend a big thank you for your hard work, devotion to your University and support. But of course we could not have achieved all this without the ever-present and ever-guiding hand of the Good Lord. So as we close the year 2019, let’s thank God almighty who enabled us to realise all these milestones.
However, it has not been a year without challenges. Some of you have lost your dear ones, others have gone through bad experiences and difficult times. Even the University itself has had its challenges but in the Good Lord we have found solace. Let us give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ for comforting and giving us strength we yarned for in the time of need. I ask all of you to continue praying for a prosperous and blessed 2020.
The University Offices will officially close on Wednesday 18th December 2019 at 5pm and re-open on Thursday 6th January 2020, New Students will report on 8th Jan 2020 followed by Registration. Classes will officially begin on Monday 13th January 2020.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and happy New Year. In Virtue We Educate
Prof. John Ssebuwufu