An economist’s take on graduate unemployment in Uganda

BY RICHARD SEBAGGALA And ISAAC MUSINGUZI The liberalization of higher education in Uganda was the beginning of change in the sector. Many higher education institutions have been opened, contributing to the increase in the number of graduates in the job market. Despite the impressive numbers of graduands, the issue of employment has attracted considerable interest in the recent past. For instance, it is estimated that Uganda’s general youth unemployment rate stands at 32.2 percent, while that for degree holders is 36 percent, and rising. Statistics from the Labour Department in…

Read More

The Bird’s-eye view: Greater good requires concerted efforts

Hanging around a representative sample of UCU staff has revealed two perception extremes. There is a section that is passionate about the university and work wholeheartedly every day to see it prosper. There is also another section whose association with the university is simply an opportunity to get paid at the end of the month.Sadly, the latter are the majority. To illustrate this, let us refer to the results of the survey conducted by the Career Development and Placement office among 500 new students, representing a quarter of the registered…

Read More