We educate you to be job creators, not job seekers – Prof Nawangwe

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We educate you to be job creators, not job seekers – Prof Nawangwe
Prof. Nawangwe presides over MAK's 74th graduation ceremony

Makerere University kicked off its 74th graduation ceremony, marking an impressive 102 years of being the premier institution of higher education in the region.

Over the next five days, a total of 12,914 graduands will receive degrees and diplomas, each set to embark on a new chapter.

The ceremony, held at Makerere University's freedom square, radiated with anticipation, excitement, and pride as distinguished personalities, including Prof. Leif Abrahamson, Hon. Betty Oyella Bigombe, and Hon. Justice Egonda-Ntende, were honoured with the prestigious Doctor of Laws award.

In a message from the First Lady Janet Museveni, delivered by the state minister for Higher Learning, John Chrysostom Muyingo, graduands were urged to exhibit discipline and integrity, emphasizing the need to make a positive impact on the world.

For his part, university Vice Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe called on the graduands to utilise the knowledge gained to create jobs.

"We give you knowledge to be job creators, not job seekers," reiterated Makerere University's Vice Chancellor, Professor Barnabas Nawangwe.

He encouraged graduands to break free from the dependency syndrome, ideate solutions to societal challenges, and create jobs if traditional employment avenues are limited.

The diversity of the graduating class is evident, with 53% female and 47% male graduands. The academic achievements span across 132 PhDs, 1,585 master's degrees, 11,016 bachelor's degrees, 156 postgraduate diplomas, and 24 undergraduate diplomas.

As graduands embark on their professional journeys, some shared their aspirations and commitments.

Jude Byamukama, a lawyer and master's degree graduand, expressed his passion for curbing unnecessary public expenditure through research. He believes his knowledge will bring transparency and accountability to public projects.

Bachelor of Laws graduand, Ibrahim Manzi, highlighted the pressing issue of human rights violations and pledged to be a beacon of justice.

He envisions a new generation of graduates raising their voices against violations and corruption, advocating for fairness and the rule of law.

However, amid the celebration, concerns about the challenging job market loom for some graduates.

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