The Rector of Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU), Associate Professor Ismail Ssimbwa Gyagenda has advised IUIU graduands to utilize the available technology and opportunities, and create their own jobs instead of becoming job seekers.
Gyagenda reminded the graduands that the world has changed, noting, “unlike our times when I graduated in 1979, there was a job waiting for me but these days there are no jobs,”
“Appropriately use the skills we have given to work with others to start something which may be; a small business, a consultancy, a project; there are so many opportunities around you like Facebook, WhatsApp, Snapchat, Instagram. There are a lot of people who are waiting for your service but if you have that old model where you think that a job will come to you, you will end up in disappointments,” he said.
Gyagenda was speaking at the 29th Graduation ceremony at IUIU, held at the Female Campus in Kabojja.
“I have confidence in you, we have trained you, given you the skills you have good character so go and change the world,” he said.
A total of 1,226 candidates graduated at the event. These were part of the over 2000 students who were supposed to graduate in December last year graduated.
607 (49.5) of these are female and 619 (50.5) were male.
This time, the male students performed better than their female counterparts. Of the 69 First Class Degrees, only 28 were female while 41 were male.
IUIU also graduated its first batch of 11 Hafidh (Quran Memorizers) and these are young children between 7 and 12 years, who were enrolled in 2019 with the help of $25000 which was donated to the University by Al-hajj Reno of the federal republic of Nigeria.
“Al hajji Reno has communicated to me that he is donating 3 classrooms and Wudhu area for the Quran Centre which we shall establish, to teach people Quran memorization and proper recitation (Taahfidh and Tilaawah),” he said.
While officiating the function, Al-hajji Moses Ali, the First Deputy Prime Minister and a member of the University Council assured IUIU that government continues to put together a peaceful environment where every talent and skill is supported to contribute meaningfully to national transformation.
“I salute the University’s innovative efforts in supporting government’s efforts to curb the spread of the novel covid-19 pandemic and indeed grateful with the donation of the Automated Hands Free Dispensers,” he said.
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