Unveiling the Finest Talent

BY FRED HIDULA Early this month Vilma Achieng was voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the National Basketball League playoffs after leading her side to winning the title. She also won the best rebounder, top scorer and best centre in the Zone V Club championship where the team won bronze. Achieng was born on 23, 1993, in Siayi County, western Kenya, to the late Joseph Owino and Rose Akinyi. She went to Wera Primary School from 1998 to 2007 before joining Raliew Secondary School for her O-level from 2008-2011.…

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Why does University limit extra-curricular activities?

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT Typically, my new timetable for LLB3 has been the most inconvenient since my arrival here as a new student. For the most part, I have to attend class from 8am to 7pm for three days straight a week. I am quite surprised because Uganda Christian University boasts of many amenities that enable recreational use. However, the timetable and academic curriculum structures disfavour students from participating in extra-curricular activities apart from those required to earn a degree. These may include hobbies and social, sports, cultural, or religious activities.…

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I am the living story of every Karimojong girl

Hailing from one of the most remote regions of Uganda and being raised by a single illiterate mother, Jane Frances Abodo came against all odds in a society that viewed the girl child education as futile. Francis Emukule caught up with her to share her story, after she delivered a public lecture in the Anti-Corruption Week at Uganda Christian University (UCU). Abodo, is the ninth among 62 siblings. Her story has turned out to inspire many girls especially from Karamoja, she says. My story “I was brought up by a…

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Growing up on a small police budget forced me to stay in school – Barasha

Late last year, Duncan Barasha was elected to the office of the Guild President after defeating three other opponents in a hotly contested race. The Standard recently caught up with him on a range of issues. Qn: Who is Duncan Barasha? Ans: I am a God fearing person who serves to please Him. I went to Aria Primary School the current Daffodils in Kololo. I later I joined Kiira College Butiki in Jinja for O-level and St Lawrence Citizens High School for my A-level. Qn: You come out as a…

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UCU community embarks on anti-corruption fight

BY MARION BAMEKA The overwhelming corruption indices among young people have forced Uganda Christian University (UCU) on journey to combat this vice. Martin Kizito, the head of department of Public Administration and Governance, told The Standard that the university council on May 25, 2017 resolved that UCU will hold an annual anti-corruption week to condemn the vice. The department of Public Administration will spearhead the campaign. “The idea of the council is that as a Christian university we should not burry our heads in the ground and pretend that corruption…

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Guild officials attend leadership conference

BY CLINTON TUMANYE Guild officials have attended a leadership conference that ran from January 4 to 7 at the main campus in Mukono. However only Guild leaders from the main and Kampala campuses attended. Different facilitators conducted diverse sessions aimed at improving the quality of young leaders. During the conference, the student leaders were sensitised on how to execute guild responsibilities effectively. Bridget Mugasira, the female warden at UCU main campus educated the students on various leadership attributes. Mugasira said, “Leaders should have a vision, ambition and positive values.” She…

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National Council commends progress on Medical School

BY FRANCIS EMUKULE The National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) has commended Uganda Christian University for meeting most of the prerequisites for a medical school. While inspecting the site of the school in Mengo, a team from NCHE noted that UCU had progressed well in trying to achieve its goal. Dr Innocent Besigye, a lecturer at the Makerere University College of Health Sciences who was part of the team, noted that there was progress in almost all the aspects in terms of infrastructure, human resources and ICT. “I think we…

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Expelled students celebrate victory against university

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT AND AGATHA MUTEBI In a historic twist of events, two students of Uganda Christian University (UCU) have become the first applicants to win a court case against the university. The students, Simon Semuwemba and Yasin Sentumbwe, petitioned the High Court in Mukono in 2016 against their dismissal. This had been purportedly executed by the Students’ Disciplinary Committee in an expulsion letter by the Vice Chancellor on April 19, 2016. The resolution had been passed on May 5 and 16, respectively. However, the court’s findings were that the…

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