UCU Law graduates to practise in the UK

By NICHOLAS OPOLOT and AGATHA MUHAISE Uganda Christian University’s (UCU’s) law degree holders have been officially accredited to apply for the bar course in England and Wales. This means that law graduates of UCU meet the standards required for one to apply for a bar course in the United Kingdom (UK) and become barristers (equivalent to an advocate in Uganda), in the UK. The news came after Hope Atuhaire, an alumnus of the university who graduated in 2015, was accepted to sit for the bar course after a significant struggle….

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Job’s faith tested through Fire Job 1

Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi Vice Chancellor Wealth and godliness are two words we do not ordinarily associate. How many stinking rich people can you name in Uganda (or elsewhere) who are exemplars of godly living? Besides, devout Christians with great wealth face temptations of pride and profligate living. It is easier for us to think that great wealth was ill-gotten. Of course this is a generalization, and there are exceptions, but at the same time, it is hard for one to be wealthy and maintain a godly life. The…

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Grace and mystery in a UCU classroom

By Thomas Froese The short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” is a story taught in my literature class at UCU. It’s written by esteemed American writer Flannery O’Connor. At its end, the grandmother, a character in a lady-like flowery dress, is shot three times in the chest. It’s a horrible and violent death. The rest of her family had already been killed. It doesn’t first seem like a promising way to share the good news that believers around the world hold so dear. But O’Connor, a devout Catholic,…

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The boda boda riders’ concern

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BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT I love my country  so dearly that a blind man would   be able to tell. My patriotism shows itself  in my daily life in this heck of a city bustling with so much beehive activity. Let me show you how. Think of the notorious traffic jams, the pungent smell of cattle headed to the city abattoir, hawkers who sometimes use obscene language to entice unsuspecting customers and a mass of diverse bodies sauntering to and fro God knows where. Indeed beauty can be found in unusual…

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Social media becoming a workplace menace

BY SOLOMON MWIJE It is not a surprise that every ‘Tom, Dick and Harry’ holds a smartphone. The smartphones are trendy and come with high-tech applications that catalyze easy communication,  often rendering the user addicted. The 2016 Global Media Research Report by Statista, says there are about 2.34 billion users of social media worldwide and these numbers are expected to rise tremendously to about 2.95 billion because of the current global social network penetration of 31 percent. As of 2016, over 1.71 billion people are actively using Facebook, 1 billion…

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Be available to God

Isaiah 6:1-8 Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi Vice Chancellor I had been married for two years, and although I had a wonderful family and a promising position at the Department of Mathematics, there was a persistent and inescapable nudge toward resigning my position at Makerere University to go into itinerant evangelism and the ordained ministry. But I had at least two drawbacks. My wife, as she often says it these days, was a clergyman’s daughter who had vowed to steer clear of marrying a clergyman. The girls in the family…

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Tips for handling exam pressure

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BY STAFF WRITER It is a few days to the final exams of this year and students should be in the final stages of preparation to sit for their papers. In this period you may experience tension and anxiety. This feeling has to be handled carefully   if    one    is to succeed. Many students wait for the last few days towards exams to have all the required data in the brain. This is a wrong mentality because it creates fear and panic. It will be very difficult for…

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Dr Elizabeth Kizito Stirring creativity in agricultural students

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BY PATTY HOUSTON-HOLM On paper, the Ugandan chicken industry looks good. The Uganda Bureau of Statistics reported a 3.2 percent poultry production increase from 2011 to 2012. This means more local food, including eggs, and improved income for farmers. However, for a fourth year Uganda Christian University (UCU) student, Allan Dickson Mulepo, that’s not good enough. He is concerned that only 37 percent of each slaughtered chicken is used, with various parts going to waste. During a research proposal defense in UCU’s science lab, Dickson   Mulepo presented his research…

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Students of law tipped!

BY ISAIAH TIBITA I n a heated discussion organised by the Law Society of Uganda Christian University on November 9, under the topic “Rule of Law: How far off the paper?”, students from the law faculty were tipped on how to take the rule of law far beyond paper-work and class discussions. When asked by The Standard on whether the symposium served its purpose, Patrick Ssemwogere, the speaker of the UCU Law Society, said that the symposium brought to light factors that affect the rule of law in Uganda. Some…

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The Insight: Note to exam invigilators

BY JOHN VIANNEY Recently, while walking in the UCU compound, there were two students ahead of me, one male, the other female. They were engaged in an interesting discussion that caught my attention, which I will dub, ‘How to successfully cheat during exams.’ This prompted me to move closer to them so I could hear more. I pretended to be busy on my phone while I listened in to the dialogue. The following interesting strategies were exposed by these two students on how to effectively cheat in the exams without…

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