The Bishop Emeritus of Central Buganda Diocese, Dr George Ssenabulya, addresses the gathering at the launch of the Silver Jubilee celebrations on Tuesday June 18, 2019. 

 

Bishop Dr George Ssenabulya has urged Nkumba University to embrace wisdom in order to be favored by God and mankind, which would in turn facilitate the institution’s stature. 

The Bishop Emeritus of Central Buganda Diocese was Tuesday June 18, 2019 leading thanksgiving prayers during the launch of the University’s Silver Jubilee celebrations at which the 2nd Deputy Katikkiro and Minister of Finance, Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa, represented Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga as Chief Guest.

The function, which took place at University Main Campus in Entebbe was attended by members of the Foundation Body and the Board of Trustees of the University, members of the University Council, staff and students of the University as well as friends of the University and the neighboring communities. 

Bishop Ssenabulya was assisted during the thanksgiving prayers by Rev. Canon Jonathan Kisawuzi, the Archdeacon of Entebbe; Rev. Nathaniel Mulondo, Vicar of St. Apollo Kivebulaya Church at Nkumba; and, Rev. Deacon Edward Mukasa Kamoga, Vicar of St. Peters Church Kitala.

“Be wise by doing the right things at the right time with the right people,” Bishop Ssenabulya said. “That demands discipline, proper time management and the fear of God.”

He said that thanksgiving was a crucial aspect of the fear of God, and that it was also vital to recognize those who laid the foundations that led to the creation of the University.

Bishop Ssenabulya thanked Government for contributing to the success that the University registered over the years, and urged the University to inculcate among students creativity for job creation.

Deputy Katikkiro Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa paid tribute to the founders of the University and its predecessor institutions, thanked the University management, the students as well as parents of the former and current students for facilitating the growth of the University.

He appealed for more Government support to the private sector in the provision of the education since, he said, education was a public good.

Deputy Katikkiro Nsibirwa observed that the University was not merely observing 25 years of age but celebrating substance and noteworthy developments. He cautioned the University to be wary of providing old answers to new challenges.

“Let your mandate remain as relevant as ever,” Deputy Katikkiro Nsibirwa said. “Your tool box must evolve and remain true to the vision of the founders of the University.”

He noted that 25 years of existence was a major milestone for the University, which required solemn reflection on both the past as well as the challenges of the future.

The Chief Guest named the main University Library “Mpanga Library” after Dr. Zephania Mpanga, one of the founders of the University. He also commissioned the Silver Jubilee Organising Committee, which is chaired by the University Chancellor, H.E. Prof. Sir Gordon Wavamunno.

The Silver Jubilee celebrations are scheduled to peak during the Silver Jubilee Week, which runs from September 23 – 27, 2019. The Silver Jubilee Week will entail among others, alumni activities, skits and shows by students and the various Schools, cultural engagements, and a conference to disseminate new knowledge. A public lecture will be delivered by Prof. Samwiri Lwanga Lunyiigo, a renowned academic and public servant. 

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Wilson Muyinda Mande, recalled that the foundation stone of the University was laid on June 18, 1994 by the late Rt. Hon. James Wapakhabulo, then Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly. He said that the University was chartered by the Government of Uganda in 2006, and had the first graduation ceremony in 1998.

“We have had 21 graduation ceremonies since and over 20,000 men and women have matriculated over the years,” Prof. Mande said. “These men and women serve this Country and other countries the world over.” 

Prof. Mande said that the University had grown from having just three Schools to the current six Schools, as well as two institutes – that is, the Institute of Criminal Justice and the Institute of Nursing and Midwifery. 

The Vice Chancellor underlined the University’s commitment to research in order to create new knowledge as well as collaborations with associations and other Universities in East Africa, USA and Europe in the endeavor to offer quality education.

He thanked the current Chancellor, Sir Gordon Wavamunno, and the previous Chancellors for accepting to serve the University and guide it to greater heights.