St. Lawrence University has today conferred degrees and awarded diplomas and certificates to over 800 graduands at their 8th congregation held at their main campus in Lubaga, Kampala that was presided over by Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi who doubles as Chancellor of the university.
The Vice President said that the key priority of education is create a pool of high calibre human resource that is critical as the country transforms from peasantry to middle income status in the shortest time possible.
The Chancellor commended the uniqueness of St. Lawrence University for being down to earth in its application of knowledge that has enabled the institution to be responsive to market and entrepreneurial demands adding that its success is built on pragmatism behind its establishment and sound management and commitment to academic excellence.
To the graduands, the Vice President said that their hardwork and time to acquire knowledge and skills in their requisite competencies should not only act as a gateway to employment but importantly to enable them create own jobs for the community.
“Please be cautious to societal ills and remain disciplined as has been the case while at st. Lawrence and remain patriotic and avoid contracting HIV/AIDS, since you have been a great investment to your parent and guardians,” the Vice President advised.
The acting Vice Chancellor, Dr. Andrew Ssemwanga said that 17 new programmes have been accredited by the National Council of Higher Education thereby making the institution more relevant to the needs of the country and region in general.
Dr. Ssemwanga said that the university has started cooperation with local and international institutions in order to be globally visible in knowledge and international innovations through activities like research, consultancy, exchange of academic staff and students and community outreach.
He added that the community out reach has boosted many businesses and small medium enterprises through training in book keeping, loan management, customer care and marketing.
The Vice Chancellor, in future capital development projects, said that a new library block will be constructed to supplement the E-library that is already in place, engineering laboratories, plans to modernize hostels, sports and kitchen facilities.
This year’s graduands of whom 50% were female and 50% male have come from Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Costa Rica, Somalia, Comoros and Eritrea.