VC urges against defaming UCU

BY EMMANUEL OKOT The Vice Chancellor of Uganda Christian University has urged staff members to desist from joining enemies of the institution in slandering and negatively criticising it. Dr. John Senyonyi appealed to staff to exercise maximum restraint and responsibility when representing the university during interaction with outsiders. “Some people might be criticising the university because they don’t have full information. Joining them to criticize or slander it is in itself a way of actually shooting yourself in the foot,” Dr. Senyonyi said. He made the remarks on Friday, August…

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Abstinence is still outstanding

FRANK OBONYO The multi-national organisations, which I call ‘Bulldozers of Africa, are at it again! According to one of the dailies, an official of the United Nations Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has asked nations to stop preaching abstinence to teenagers because it is “not practical.” The agency’s HIV and Health Education Advisor for Eastern and Southern Africa, Ms Patricia Machawira, said the “majority” of the teenagers are sexually active, adding that it is high time governments stopped “wasting time” preaching abstinence but focus on promoting safe sex. I appreciate the fact…

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‘Team Royals’ lost the battle but won the war

One of the most outstanding concepts for consolidating UCU staff cohesion was the recently concluded Staff Day competitions. The whole exercise started with a phone call I received from the Directorate of Human Resource office that my name was proposed to be the male captain for the first UCU core value of Christ-centredness and our brand name was “The Royals”. Our theme colour was to be forever “Purple” which all branded later as “bishops colour”. Our team manager was to be Mr David Bukenya and the female captain, Mrs Anita…

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Youth reaping from social media

CALEB BAMWESIGA After Alex Talemwa’s internship at The Standard of Uganda Christian University ended in 2015, he needed to find another job. However, since job opportunities in Uganda are scarce, Talemwa had to prove his worth before the potential employers in the media industry. Despite the fact that he was already good at writing, editing and taking pictures not many people outside knew his abilities except his colleagues at The Standard who would not employ him anyway. What Talemwa did was to hit FaceBook to market his abilities. “I was…

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When students sacrifice lecturers

JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA Any academic journey through any higher institution of learning leaves a lot to desire. Apart from learning experiences encountered in life’s changing moments, one of the key dilemmas faced is when a lecturer wants students to do something and yet the very students want something else! Communication barriers in the lecture room certainly make it difficult for students to get the most out of their education. Many times, lecturers or tutors fail to create engaging sessions that would aid them connect with their students on a one-to-one…

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Parents’ sincerity vital for children

JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA Uganda has indeed progressed in embracing universal education. It is interesting that the school-going children have also done tremendous work somehow enabling illiterate parents to grasp a few English words for communication. In some homes, even lower primary school pupils have been used as references for interpretation. This academic wave has also come with new dynamics that need serious attention. For example, in many pre-primary and primary schools, non-boarding pupils are in most cases subjected to daily homework. The assumption of such schools is that parents, guardians…

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UCU retains best exhibitors award

BY EMMANUEL OKOT Uganda Christian University (UCU) was last weekend crowned the overall winner of the 11th Annual Higher Education Exhibition 2019 organised by the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). It was the second consecutive year that  the university was ranking the best exhibitor during the same exhibition. A sharp ululation pierced through UMA showgrounds in Lugogo, Kampala on the quiet hot Saturday evening, after UCU was declared the best exhibitor and called to the podium to pick their certificate. UCU won the category of Chartered and Public Universities,…

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UCU Sports recognised

It was a delightful moment for the Uganda Christian University sports fraternity at the second edition of the Vice Chancellor’s Award ceremony.  Held at the Vice Chancellor’s garden on Thursday February 21, the event was attended by sportsmen and women, their coaches, the Director of Students’ Affairs, Mrs Olive Birabi, the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Development and External Relations, Mr David Mugawe, and other members of the university community.  Outstanding players and coaches including Elias Isiagi, Moses Odeke, Nason Bwesigye (volleyball), Lady Cardinals captain Maureen Kinavudori, Peter Ssebulime, Ruth Aturo,…

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Arua campus emerges best

BY DOUGLAS OLUM The Arua Campus of Uganda Christian University has dominated the first-class list of the Sixth Part of the 19th Graduation at the university’s main campus on Friday March 1. At least 394 students from the Arua campus, Kampala campus,  the Main Campus and Uganda Martyrs Seminary Namugongo (UMSN) are receiving diplomas,  first degrees and master’s degrees at the event.  Nearly 280 of those are from the Main Campus. Arua has 87 graduands, Kampala has two and the UMSN has 26. And out of nine graduating with first-class…

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