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Former UCU goalkeeper joins Finnish club

By Ian Asabo
The captain of the Uganda national women’s football team, Ruth Aturo, has realized her dream of playing professional football after signing for Finnish club Kotkan Tyoaen Palloilijat

Aturo, a goalkeeper of the national football team, joins Kotkan Tyoaen Palloilijat on a two-year deal from the Uganda Christian University (UCU) women’s team, the Lady Cardinals. She featured for the UCU Lady Cardinals for three years, helping the team to win trophies in 2018 and 2019. 

The 26-year-old graduated with a Diploma in Business Administration from UCU in 2019. However, she continued playing for the Lady Cardinals.

“I am grateful to the university for providing me with the opportunity to play the game that I love, at the highest level in the country,” Aturo said, noting that she would not have found it easy to join a club in Finland if she had not got a chance to play for the Lady Cardinals. She was in UCU on a sports scholarship. 

Ruth receiving her award for the Best Goalkeeper at the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship.
Ruth receiving her award for the Best Goalkeeper at the 2018 COSAFA Women’s Championship.

It was while at the Lady Cardinals that Aturo became a household name, with the Uganda football association naming her Player of the Year in the national league in 2018.

Like many student-athletes, Aturo faced the challenge of balancing performance in class and on the pitch. 

Her challenge was even tougher, however, given that she is the captain of the national women football team, meaning she had class, club and national football team issues to concentrate on. However, to her, the answer remained in “being consistent, working hard and remaining focused.” 

“While in Finland, I will be far from home but it’s an exciting experience that I cannot let pass,” she said. “My ultimate goal is to make it to the highest level, and this is a step in the right direction.”

Born on July 19, 1995, in Soroti, eastern Uganda, Aturo initially started playing as a center forward. However, later, she discovered that she could perform even better between the posts. 

She began playing football in Senior Two at Soroti Senior Secondary School. From there, she joined Kawempe Muslim Secondary School in central Uganda, for A’level. It was her performance in the women’s soccer team of Kawempe that caught the attention of scouts who connected her to a scholarship offer at UCU. 

She says it was at UCU where she was able to harness and grow her skills, and maximize them to the full potential, something which would later prepare ground for her to captain the national team.

Sam Lukaire, the Sports Administrator at UCU, is happy that the investment the university has made in sports is finally paying off. 

“The right coaching through the sports program provided by the university has had an impact on the athletes, enabling such moves to happen,” Lukaire says. 

He encourages Aturo to continue working hard to reach her full potential. Aturo’s deal was completed towards the end of December last year, but her travel was delayed until end of February. She says she used that time to watch videos about her teammates at Kotkan Tyoaen Palloilijat on YouTube, to try to understand how they play and their football philosophy. 

Her longtime teammate at both club and national team level, Hasifah Nassuna, acknowledges that Aturo’s next step in football is only the beginning of her exposure to playing football at the greatest level. 

“I am happy for Ruth. It is definitely not going to be easy as it only gets harder,” Nassuna said. “But I’m confident in her abilities as a goalkeeper and a leader on and off the pitch.”

As she arrives in Finland, Aturo is loaded with big dreams, hoping to not only etch her name in the global footballers’ hall of fame, but also to leave a legacy as one of the greatest ever Lady Cardinal players.

Pictorial: Vice Chancellor Prof. Mushengyezi visits Hanze University…

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi, recently paid a visit to Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen, Netherlands with the objective of enhancing the partnership between the two universities.

During his visit, Prof. Mushengyezi interacted with some of the six Uganda Christian University (UCU) students who traveled to the Dutch institution early this year for a six-month exchange programme, to pursue a Diploma in International Marketing Management. The students include Martin Wakabi, Mirembe Faith and Musa S. Agakhan, among others. All these are from the UCU School of Business.

Prof. Mushengyezi (L-3) poses with staff at Hanze University… and some of the UCU students on the exchange programme. Photo/ Courtesy.

UCU prioritizes exchange programs because they “expose our students to new challenging environments and ways of doing things and cultures,” as noted by Prof. Mushengyezi, when flagging off the students to the Netherlands in January, 2022.

UCU intends to continue venturing into such partnerships with universities world over with a sole purpose of availing students as multicultural experience and exposure as much exposure as possible.

The Vice Chancellor interacting with staff members at Hanze University… Photo/ Courtesy.

Disclaimer: Mobile phone photos used.

UCU online Education: Despite Challenges, it’s here to stay

By Patty Huston-Holm and Nicole Nankya
For those who think Uganda Christian University (UCU) started online learning because of the country’s Covid lockdowns, think again. 

The movement started five years prior. The succession of government-ordered education lockdowns from March 2020 through December 2021 simply accelerated education delivery known globally as online, virtual, digital, edu-tech, and e-learning, among other terms.   

With a directive from former Vice-Chancellor Rev. Dr. John Senyonyi, Dr. Stephen Kyakulumbye, senior lecturer and business chair, Center for Open Distance Learning, was leading the charge early on, as well as when the new Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi, came on board in the height of the pandemic. 

“People who lagged behind were running around buying and borrowing laptops to get on board,” Kyakulumbye recalled of the mid-2020 period. “It was clear that Covid and restrictions were not going away and in order to work here, they had to adapt.”

On a late March 2022 morning and from his office inside the UCU admissions building, Kyakulumbye shared the story of how e-learning began at UCU five years ago, how it accelerated in 2020 and what role he played in it alongside the late Dorothy Mukasa and her successor as manager for UCU e-learning, the Rev. Dr. Jessica Hughes.

“It was not Covid that got us thinking about online education,” he asserted. “The pandemic both slowed us down and moved us faster.” 

The slowdown occurred because of the Ugandan government’s concern about fairness for economically and technologically disadvantaged students and because of the normal bell curve with middle and late adopters. The hastened move was motivated by job security.

“Jump on board or lose your job,” Kyakulumbye said, adding that he observed “the diffusion theory in action.” The theory is one that seeks to explain how, why and at what rate new ideas and technology spread. 

At UCU, the idea for virtual learning was advanced in 2016 when five UCU faculty members were chosen for an on-line teaching, virtual training out of Muranga, Kenya. Kyakulumbye, already known for his expertise in Information Systems Curriculum Design, relished the fact that he was among the five. 

Likewise, when Covid hit and on-line learning was a necessity to continue education while avoiding the deadly virus, Kyakulumbye was front and center because of his academic credentials and experience.  He has a doctorate degree in Information Systems (University of the Western Cape South Africa), a master’s degree in management studies with an ICT specialization and a bachelors in computer education.  His subject matter expertise includes on-line digitization of curriculum since 2010.

The work to get UCU deeper on line involved acquiring software to do compression, understanding that the hardware being used by faculty and students ranged from phones to computers, and instructing teachers and students in the new way of learning.  

Rev. Dr. Jessica Hughes, Manager, UCU e-learning
Rev. Dr. Jessica Hughes, Manager, UCU e-learning

In the midst of Kyakulumbye leading the charge and before Uganda had ready vaccines, he got a mild case of Covid. Still, and with a team that included the current manager for UCU e-learning, Rev. Dr. Jessica Hughes, and despite the Covid-related death of the then-manager Dorothy Mukasa, UCU pushed ahead – moving content and assignments onto an online platform called Moodle. 

“The perception still is that online is all about the lecturer’s content,” Kyakulumbye said. “If you do it right, there is peer review, peer chatting, e-badge awards and more.” 

One challenge was the bandwidth for lecturers to upload videos, assignments, and other content. According to Kyakulumbye, another challenge was lecturer “workarounds” such as having students send completed exams as email attachments, resulting in lost marks. 

Regarding unaccounted-for student test results, Hughes said, “ln that time, there were a lot of things happening that caused that result, which is unfortunate. We are continuously working to ensure that our processes are leading up so that students don’t have that experience again.”

Hughes, a lecturer with the Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology with her first master’s degree in human performance systems, specializing in instructional design, defined the difference between online and physical studies as learner- and teacher-centered.

“A big difference is that in the classroom, it is teacher-centered education where by you sit for two hours and the lecturer talks for two hours,” she said. “Online learning should be learner-centered, by which students engage in more research, critical thinking, and analysis.” 

The UCU plan through 2025 includes delivery of face-to-face, on-line and blended curriculum. Due to emergency guidelines issued by the National Council for Higher Education, all the courses are being revised across the university to address online learning. At UCU, at minimum, all courses will be blended.

“The library is expanding the digital resources for research so that research students are able to use books and online journals,” she said. “When you come to campus, you have a blended experience, whereby some work will be online and some physical.”

Hughes said the online movement at UCU is leading the way throughout Uganda, making it “a very exciting time to be here.”

‘Giving a voice to the voiceless’ – Inspiring women into investigative journalism

By Patty Huston-Holm with Israel Kisakye, Vanessa Kyalimpa and Yasiri J. Kasango
In mid-May 2021, Cecilia Okoth broke a story about how health care workers were charging money for the government’s free vaccination against Covid-19.  The next month, she wrote about hospital patient expenses, treatment, and lax safety regulations regarding coronavirus.

UCU Vice Chancellor Assoc. Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi exchanges signed copies of the Memorandum of Understanding with AIIJ Executive Director Solomon Serwanjja.
UCU Vice Chancellor Assoc. Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi exchanges signed copies of the Memorandum of Understanding with AIIJ Executive Director Solomon Serwanjja.

Expose’ stories like these in the height of the pandemic are nothing new to this New Vision investigative reporter. In 2018, she uncovered a scam involving cancer patients and wrote about a possible solution to the stigma of HIV-AIDS in men. In 2019, she reported about “brokers” who lure public hospital patients to private facilities and how Karimojong girls were trafficked, with some ending up with the Al-Shabaab terrorist group.

These are only a few of the investigative journalism pieces authored by Okoth, a 2010 graduate of Uganda Christian University (UCU) and a speaker for a March 2022 event focused on engaging more women in deep, fact-finding news stories. The occasion was co-sponsored by the UCU School of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMC) and  the Kampala-based African Institute of Investigative Journalism (AIIJ) with the nonprofit, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), in Nkoyoyo Hall of the UCU Mukono campus.

The School of JMC and AIIJ  have a new Memorandum of Understanding that seeks collaboration in research and training of investigative journalists in the country.

Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi, Anna Reisman, Solomon Serwanjja and Monica Chibita cut cake to mark International Women’s Day, aligned with the investigative journalism event at UCU in March.
Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi, Anna Reisman, Solomon Serwanjja and Monica Chibita cut cake to mark International Women’s Day, aligned with the investigative journalism event at UCU in March.

“We are doing a lot of research in areas for journalism within Uganda and we think that UCU offers us that margin, but also think that UCU would love a space where they take their students for internships and could benefit from the guest lectures that we’ll have,” said Raymond Mujuni, of AIIJ and an editor and talk-show host at the Nation Media Group in Uganda.

Before an audience of 100, Okoth served on panel of journalists and media scholars who discussed press issues under the theme “Women and Investigative Journalism: An untapped opportunity.” Other panelists were Dr Patricia Litho, a communications specialist and trainer; Dr. Annette Kezaabu, the Head of Postgraduate Studies at the UCU School of JMC; and Anna Reismann, the country representative KAS Uganda and South Sudan.  Mujuni moderated the discussion.

“In our early time of investigative journalism, we didn’t have such training to equip the young female journalists,” Okoth said at the event. Later, she shared how, as her career seemed to be stagnant, she stumbled on a deeper story she saw at a routine press conference.

“When I arrived, I immediately noticed an anomaly,” she recalled of the press event. “Many patients were lying on the verandas at the institute. I later learned that patients had to bribe medics to access the radiotherapy machine which was known to be free of charge. That was the story I wrote after a three-month investigation. My career has never been the same.”

In an interview after the March 2022 event, Okoth shared her thoughts about challenges and opportunities, especially for women. Investigative journalism is tough enough, but tougher for women as the difficult assignments often go to men.

“The onus is on a woman to fight and prove that you can equally accomplish a ‘man’s’ task,” she said. “Investigative journalism involves unearthing well-tucked secrets by the powers that be or highlighting the injustices and abuses of power. It is giving a voice to the voiceless. However, in trying to accomplish this, you will rub some people the wrong way or even get frustrated along the way, or face threats.”

Investigative pieces require time, patience and stamina for the reporter, and a budget for a newsroom – all four of which can compromise the quality of the work, according to Okoth. The content of the investigations can be “very disturbing” psychologically with risks from perpetrators reporters are researching to expose wrongful deeds.

“As journalists, we are told that no story is worth your life,” she said. “So, you have to know when to retract when an assignment gets dangerous.”

At the same time, deeper fact-finding stories provide opportunities not only to clear up corruption but also to gain recognition as reporters. Okoth has received accolades, such as the August 2018 editorial innovations award, 2019 runner up in the Uganda National Journalism Awards explanatory reporting category, and 2020 Nominee for the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) Knight International Journalism Awards. She also has had several training and mentorship opportunities globally.

“As a field journalist, I have seized the opportunity to transform the lives of people I have been assigned to report about,” Okoth said. “The stories I have covered have helped start uncomfortable conversations that have created awareness or led to policy change.”

Another panelist, Dr. Kezaabu, implored lecturers to mentor their students on life skills, adding that “the skills taught in class can be compromised if we don’t teach or mentor our students on how to focus on their life and conduct themselves.”

“Go for it if it’s your passion, if it’s your conviction, go for it,” added panelist, Dr. Litho, encouraging upcoming female journalists to break the bias. She added that ladies should not be relegated to soft stories like beauty contests.

“As journalists, we are often told, you are as good as your last story so that technically means your best story is one that you have not yet done,” Okoth, mother of a 16-month-old son, said. “This pushes me to work harder…Plus, being a mother shouldn’t deprive someone of career goals. You can definitely achieve both.”

In addition to hearing speakers, attendees watched a documentary film known as a Thousand Cuts about the life of Maria Ressa, a female investigative journalist who put her life at stake to hold the Philippine President accountable for killing innocent people under the disguise of drug abuse.

The March activities were attended by UCU Vice Chancellor, Assoc. Prof. Aaron Mushenygezi;  Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academics, Assoc. Prof. John Kitayimbwa; Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Finance and Administration), David Mugawe; Dean for the School JMC, Prof. Monica Chibita; head of the School of JMC undergraduate studies, John Semakula; and AIIJ executive director Solomon Serwanjja.

UCU signs MoU with UNBS to standardize academic products

By Jimmy Siyasa

Uganda Christian University (UCU) and Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at collaborating on the formulation and promotion of quality standards in Institutions of Higher Learning.

According to the MoU signed on Wednesday, UCU will operate in the core capacity of a ‘research agency’, and supply the Bureau of Standards with the necessary research data that will inform the standardization of curricula, short courses, student internships, and training, among others, nationally.

In return, UCU students will be attached to the internationally accredited laboratories of UNBS and trained on how to undertake quality analysis of product samples, in order to establish safety features UNBS considers before certifying a product. 

“Part of our mentoring and coaching of the university students will involve attaching them to our international standard laboratories,” said David Livingstone Ebiru, the Executive Director of UNBS, who further noted that it is important that students are initiated into a “quality culture” while they are still university.

“The students are future manufacturers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Therefore, it is important that we try to create awareness on quality standards before they go out into the business world,” he said.

The recruitment of UCU trainees in the laboratories will in the long run enrich the manpower at UNBS, easing the problem of “understaffing”, which was cited as a major challenge in the agency’s 2020/2021 Annual Report to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives.

“The university takes excellence as its mark and this is what we hope for in what we do. So we are very excited for this opportunity since we are at a point where we are transitioning into a research-based university,” said Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Balyejusa Kizito, Director of the Research, Partnership and Innovations directorate. “

UCU’s Vice-Chancellor Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi welcomed the initiative in his speech. “We are ready to work with you on developing standardization curricula, quality assurance courses, teach standards to students and our staff, and other people out there,” Mushengyezi said, after signing the MoU, during the ceremony held at the UCU Principals’hall.  

The UNBS team led by Executive Director David Livingstone Ebiru (Front row- 2nd Lt) and UCU top management staff led by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi ( Front row- 2nd Rt)pose after the signing of the MoU. Photo/ Jimmy Siyasa

This is the first Memorandum of Understanding that the Bureau gets to sign with a Ugandan University for this cause; UCU has been prioritized as a piloting ground for the project before it can be extended to tertiary institutions and other universities- both private and public. 

U.S. Embassy sponsors multimedia training for UCU journalism students

By Yasiri J. Kasango
Thirty Uganda Christian University (UCU) students in the School of Journalism, Media and Communication have multi-media skills compliments of training sponsored by the United States Embassy in Uganda.  The students were trained for two weeks in February 2022.

Ultimate Multimedia Consult, a journalism and communications organization based in Kampala, conducted the training.

For the first week of the training, the students were taught how to write stories and to incorporate video, audio, photos, text and animation. The second week of the training was reserved for practical exercises, where the students were sent to the field to gather information and generate multimedia stories.

John Semakula, head of undergraduate studies at the UCU School of Journalism, Media and Communication, hands award to Elsie Tukahirwa after the training.
John Semakula, head of undergraduate studies at the UCU School of Journalism, Media and Communication, hands award to Elsie Tukahirwa after the training.

Before applying the skills outside the training room, the students pitched their ideas before a panel comprised of embassy officials, trainers from Ultimate Multimedia Consult and UCU lecturers.

The training comes at a time when the university is focusing its energies on producing all-round multimedia journalism graduates who are able to meet the realities in the current journalism job market.

Stories of Asenath Were, a second-year student, and Steven Kolawole, who is in third year, were considered the best.

“I’m grateful for everything I learnt in the training, and most especially the gadgets I got,” Kolawwole said.

Writers of the best four stories having multimedia components were awarded cash and technology with a directive to use their new equipment to produce products for UCU – namely for the Standard and UCU Partners. The first two – Were and Kolawwole – were given a smartphone, a tripod stand, and sh100,000 (about $28). The third and fourth-best stories were of Elsie Tukahire Kukunda and Irene Best Nyapendi. Kukunda and Nyapendi were awarded sh400,000 (about $113) each.

Asenath Were praised the US Embassy and Ultimate Multimedia Consult.

“I can’t believe that I was able to perform well since my story pitch looked shaky,” she said. “I am speechless.”

Prof. Monica Chibita, Dean of the School of Journalism, Media and Communication, gives award to Aseneth Were, the best female student in multimedia story composition.
Prof. Monica Chibita, Dean of the School of Journalism, Media and Communication, gives an award to Asenath Were, the best female student in multimedia story composition.

To further instill the need for students to acquire modern, real-world skills, in 2021, Uganda Partners, under a mentoring collaborative with students from the UCU School of Journalism, Media and Communication, embarked on a podcasting mentoring project, where students apply classroom learning to script podcast material, conduct interviews and edit audio. The podcast initiative is part of the UCU/Uganda Partners e-lab model initiated in January 2021 and is aligned with the university’s mission to prepare students for both continued learning and the world of work.

U.S. Kampala embassy spokesperson Anthony Kujawa and his deputy, Dorothy Nanyonga, commended Ultimate Multimedia Consult and UCU for spearheading the training of students.

“Multimedia is the future of communication in the world today,” Kujawa said, encouraging students to embrace the model to tell their stories.

At the closing ceremony, the Dean of the School of Journalism, Media and Communication, Prof. Monica Chibita, commended the U.S. Embassy for choosing to partner with UCU in many aspects, including the Save the Mothers’ project and the Fulbright scholarships.

Chibita also thanked Ultimate Multimedia Consults for training UCU staff during the Covid-19 lockdown and encouraged students to keep in mind journalism ethics while telling stories using the multimedia platforms.

Ultimate Multimedia Consult team leader Gerald Businge thanked UCU, and particularly the School of Journalism, Media and Communication, for the opportunity given to him to train students.

Prof.  Elizabeth Balyejusa Kizito, the Director for Research Partnerships and Innovations at UCU, urged the trainees to put into practice the skills that they had acquired.

UCU skills 300 teachers and clergy in South Ankole Diocese

By Frank Obonyo

Uganda Christian University (UCU) has trained over 300 primary and secondary school teachers from South Ankole Diocese in competence-based teaching and psycho-social support during the post-Covid era.

The two-day training, which is a pilot program and part of UCU’s mandate to offer corporate social responsibility to the church was held at St. Mathew’s Cathedral in western Uganda’s Kyamate village, South Ankole Diocese.

Dr. Mary Kagoire, the UCU Head of Education Department, urged teachers to incorporate learners’ community experience with that of class so as to make learning more engaging.

“The children whom you are teaching have been out of class for over 2 years,” she said. “This means that they are active and are used to playing. It is a whole new experience for them to sit in one place for a longer time. You need to know them by name and address their individual challenges.”

Director of Admissions, Mrs. Christa Oluka, addressed psycho-social support skills as a necessity in the post-Covid-19 period. She said the pandemic and lockdown caused many children to suffer from psychosocial stress, anxiety, fear of the unknown, depression, denial – issues that schools need to acknowledge and help resolve for effective learning to take place.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs, Rev. Assoc. Prof. John Kitayimbwa speaks to a small group of teachers seated outside a church shade in Kyamate, Ntungamo district. Photo/ Andrew Bugembe.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs, Rev. Assoc. Prof. John Kitayimbwa, called upon teachers to embrace competency-based learning, where students are at the center of the learning.

“Our training has shifted from lectures to competency-based methods,” he said. “And, we have adopted blended learning, especially for our postgraduate students who not only have career goals to achieve but have other responsibilities as well.”

The Bishop of South Ankole Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Nathan Ahimbisibwe, said in addition to the lessons from the training to help students, teachers need to improve on their own skills and knowledge through obtaining higher education certificates.

 “Teachers have been working comfortably without thinking of attaining higher qualifications, but with the newly introduced Uganda National Teacher Policy (NTP), all of them will be required to have degrees,” said Bishop Ahimbisibwe.

The aim of the policy is to provide a framework to professionalize and standardize the teaching profession and enhance the development and management of teachers. Its vision is a transformed teaching profession and learning environment for a skilled and globally competitive human resource. 

Bishop Ahimbisiwe, who also doubles as Chairperson, Provincial Board of Education, advised teachers without bachelor’s degrees to take up the opportunity of studying for the Higher Education Certificate (HEC) offered by UCU to elevate the academic status of practitioners, who have not scored the required minimum points for entry in a university. 

He also advised other dioceses to welcome UCU to train and equip their teachers and clergy in their respective areas of interest.

School of Law receives Humanitarian Law books from ICRC

By Muduku Derrick Brian 

The Uganda Christian University (UCU) School of Law has received a donation of publications and books on the subject of International Humanitarian Law (IHL), from the International Community of the Red Cross (ICRC). The assortment of literature, delivered in multiple khaki boxes, was handed over to Miriam Aceng, Associate Dean at the School of Law by Jane Patricia Bako, a representative of ICRC, yesterday, Friday, March 25, 2022. 

The donation comes to enrich the School’s International Humanitarian Law literature stock and to further enhance the knowledge base of students that undertake the course unit, during their course of study.

“This is a great initiative for the School. Students here offer International Humanitarian Law as an elective course unit in their fourth year of study. These books will help them in their academic work,” said Miriam Aceng, while receiving the assortment at the School’s premises. 

She also noted that the publications will aid students currently writing their dissertations in line with Humanitarian law and those who participate in international law moots and essay competitions will especially benefit from the donation. 

Aceng says that the books will be accessible to all students.” We are going to have some copies here at the School but also a shelf will be set up in the library for students to access these books,” she said in the presence of the Acting Deputy Librarian, David Bukenya.

Some of the book samples. Photo/ Derrick Muduku.

Speaking on behalf of ICRC- Uganda, Bako, the organization’s Communication and Prevention Manager, appreciated UCU’s focus on IHL as a course unit and said the organization was eager to boost the School’s effort in equipping students with knowledge within that field.

Bako noted that a survey they conducted revealed UCU as the only university in Uganda offering IHL as a full course unit; a finding that impressed ICR; hence the donation. “We know that UCU is the only University that teaches International Humanitarian Law as a course unit of its own, unlike other universities which fuse it with International law,” she said

“These books will ensure that there is teaching and reading material that will ensure that students understand this concept even more.”

Bako also challenged the administration to ensure that with possession of such knowledge, students are enlightened enough in the legal aspects of IHL, in order to address the issues that affect society such as police brutality, human rights violation, among other socio-political or economic evils. 

Agnes Kabatooro, a law student who witnessed the handover ceremony was excited about the new literature and said she was looking forward to benefiting from these publications so that she can achieve her dream of being a lawyer who will be of impact to society.

Miriam Aceng, Assoc. Dean of Law (L), David Bukenya Acting University Librarian (C), and Bako Jane, ICRC representative. Photo/ Derrick Muduku.

The donation comes as part of an ICRC effort to equip universities offering IHL with literature that would facilitate student learning. It had been a few days since they donated to Makerere, among other universities. 

The ICRC is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence and to provide them with assistance. Among its mandates is the facilitation of the incorporation of International Law in education institutions.

URA Commissioner General calls for integrity

By Jimmy Siyasa

The Commissioner-General of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) John Musinguzi Rujoki, challenged members of the Uganda Christian University (UCU) to embrace a life of integrity in their day-to-day professional and Christian life.

Preaching during the UCU Community Worship Service held yesterday, March 22, Musinguzi noted that much of his life’s success has been possible through divine favour he met through people who fund him a trustworthy person of integrity.

“I am where I am, not because I am qualified, but because the Lord has put his seal of integrity on me,” Musinguzi said, adding “I have not and I will not take a bribe as to pervert justice because I have discovered the root of integrity- Jesus Christ.”

He told a story of how he got born again in the 1990s to the congregation- both students and staff- who were gathered at the UCU Nkoyoyo Hall, noting that giving his life to Christ is the best decision he ever made. Musinguzi, therefore, urged members of the congregation, especially students, to exercise integrity during their university tenure and while serving in various capacities.

“Use your time at University and at the fellowships to lay a firm foundation of integrity, so that when the opportunity to serve comes, the Lord will weigh you and find you worthy,” he emphasized.

John Musinguzi: I have found a distinction with the graduates of UCU. Video/ Andrew Bugembe.

Pictorial: Former Agricultural Science Dean honored in send-off celebration

By Israel Kisakye
The Uganda Christian University (UCU) Faculty of Agricultural Science bids farewell to Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Balyejusa Kizito, the outgoing Dean, as she early this year assumed a new university position as the head of the Directorate of Research, Partnerships and Innovation.

The send-off took place recently at the International Christian Medical Institute building at the UCU main campus in Mukono.

During the farewell, Dr. John Livingstone Mutyaba, a senior lecturer in the faculty, thanked Kizito for being a good mentor to everyone in the faculty.

“We still need your guidance, we shall miss you physically, but we know you are still with us,” Mutyaba said. “You have always guided me on family success and I will forever acknowledge you.”

Dr. Rosemary Bulyaba, the incoming dean of the faculty, together with her team, presented the gift (a refrigerator) to Kizito and also congratulated her upon the new post.

Kizito said she was glad to have worked with a team like the one she had at the faculty. She encouraged the team to always work harder and to value time. She promised to continue supporting the team in whatever way she can.

Dr. Kashub Tumwesigye, a senior lecturer, addresses audience at farewell party.
Dr. Kashub Tumwesigye, a senior lecturer, addresses audience at farewell party.
 Dr. John Mutyaba, a senior lecturer at the faculty, addresses audience at farewell party.
John Mutyaba, a senior lecturer at the faculty, addresses the audience at the farewell party.
Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Balyejusa Kizito and her gift (a refrigerator) from the staff of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences.
Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Balyejusa Kizito and her gift (a refrigerator) from the staff of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences.
Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Balyejusa Kizito, outgoing dean, and Dr. Rosemary Bulyaba, new dean, cut cake at the farewell.
Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Balyejusa Kizito, outgoing dean, and Dr. Rosemary Bulyaba, new dean, cut cake at the farewell.
Lecturers of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences with Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Balyejusa Kizito.
Lecturers of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences with Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Balyejusa Kizito.
The incoming Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Rosemary Bulyaba (second-right) and her team present a reward to Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Balyejusa Kizito (right
The incoming Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Dr. Rosemary Bulyaba (second-right) and her team present a reward to Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Balyejusa Kizito (right)
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