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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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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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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UCU students win regional film awards

Yvonne Bageire and John Cliff Wamala pose for a picture with their awards (Courtesy photo)

BY ELIZABETH NAKIRU Uganda Christian University (UCU) students on Saturday, November 11, won two awards at the inaugural East African Student Film Festival (EASFF) in Nairobi, Kenya. John Cliff Wamala won the award for Best Director (Non-fiction)while the team of 15 Mass Communication students who represented the university won Best Feature Film award. The students’ production portrayed the life of the Batwa of south-western Uganda; ironsmith work in Katwe, a Kampala suburb; and Akampene, a punishment island on Lake Bunyonyi. Joel Kwizera was nominated for Best Male Actor; Tracy Kirabo…

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University security now tight

The UCU security has been tightened at the university gates after a terrorism threat (Photo by Marion Bameka)

According to the DPC Mukono Police Station, Rogers Seguya, the Uganda Christian University (UCU) security department may need to tighten up on measures to ensure the safety of the university community. “Following the terrorist threats that are faced by the community lately, yesterday (September 11) I tried to cross-check with the security at the campus gates and I was disappointed on discovering that it is not as tight as I thought it should be,” said Seguya. “I wanted to see how serious the university security is. So I sent through…

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Freshers cautioned on dress code

DOSA chooses her best dressed students during the Fresher’s Ball (Photo by Joel Osekeny)

The Director of Students Affairs (DOSA), Mrs Olive Ayo Birabi, met with guild officials and emphasized the dress code especially for first-year students. As the freshers prepared for their ball, Mrs Birabi said that some minimum standards were agreed upon, which the guild officials communicated to the new students. “Specifically, the students should desist from wearing short dresses or skirts, and very tight pants for the girls,” she said. During the induction lunch that took place on September 21, Birabi spoke about the accepted dress code at Uganda Christian University.…

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HIV fight highlighted

Students from Makerere and hosts UCU pose for a picture during the UNAIDS event at the IUC building (Photo by Edwin Alecho)

TBY NICHOLAS OPOLOT The John Sentamu Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law has hosted an HIV legal clinic in partnership with the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and UNAIDS. Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Karusa Kiriagu, Uganda’s country representative of UNAIDS, said that there is need to transform the treatment of HIV to make it manageable. “The Government should take reasonable measures to eliminate HIV/AIDS along with the help of civil society organizations and other stakeholders. “We need to broker relationships and the capacity to fight HIV to create…

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Addiction affects all of us – DOSA

A man wearing a placard againt addiction (Photo by Francis Emukule)

BY FRANCIS EMUKULE “Addiction  is not only a Uganda Christian University (UCU) issue but a nationwide concern,” said the Director of Student Affairs, Mrs Olive Ayo Birabi, while officiating at the Annual Recovery Walk on September 23 at the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) gardens in Kamwokya, Kampala. “Those in high school shouldn’t indulge in consumption of any illicit content, and as UCU we are committed to work with everybody to reduce the impact of addiction in the country,” she said. Mrs Birabi  called upon everyone to contribute to the…

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2,060 new students have been admitted

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By Staff Writer A total of 2,060 new students both in Kampala and the Main Campus have been admitted this Advent Semester that kicked off on August 30. Of these, 1,700 undergraduates were admitted at Mukono campus while 300 were for Kampala campus. Sixty students were for post-graduate studies. Four thousand three hundred are continuing students for both campuses. Even though there has not been a significant rise in the number of new students as  compared to last year’s Advent Semester, there has been a slight decrease in the number…

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