By Ivan Naijuka
Uganda Christian University has renewed her pledge to serve her “key stakeholders” – the more than 9,000 students on five campuses.
Speaking during the September 21, 2017, induction service for all students that joined UCU in the September intake at the UCU main campus in Mukono and at the Kampala campus, Vice Chancellor Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi promised “diligent” services to the students.
“Please give us the chance to serve you,” he implored. “If I leave UCU today, another Vice Chancellor will be got, but when you (students) leave, we might even close. That shows how important you are to us.”
A total of 2,060 new students joined UCU in the Advent (September) semester both in Kampala and Main campus. Dr. Senyonyi urged the new students to renew their minds so that they are different from those at other universities. “The only standard we should live as Christians is the will of God, which is good and acceptable,” he said asking, “How different will you be as a graduate of UCU?”
Preaching during the induction service, Dr. Senyonyi challenged the congregation about the Christian walk. He expounded on the mercy of God and the never-ending forgiveness He has for His children. He drew his sermon from Romans 12:1-2.
After community worship, the Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellors, deans of faculties and other university staff members joined the new students for a special luncheon held at the old football pitch. 1,700 of the new students were admitted for undergraduate programs at the main campus while 300 were admitted at Kampala campus. The remaining 60 new students are enrolled in post-graduate studies.
Even though there hasn’t been a significant percentage change in the number of new students as compared to last year’s September semesters, there has been a minor decrease in the number of continuing students registered for the semester according to Mrs. Christa Kyomya Oluka, The Manager Admissions and Student Records.
She attributes this to the transfer of Business Administration students from September - May programme, to the January - May programme.
“We transferred the business students to January- May intake because we wanted to de-congest the September semester in order to optimize the space usage,” she said. “However, since most new students target September, we retained the first years to register in Advent but continue in January and May.”
The new students that were registered are from the faculties of Business and Administration, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Science and Technology, Law, Education and Arts and the Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology.