Sunday, 26 October 2014

Teach relevant skills, minister tells universities.Drive Hot News

The major challenge facing universities in the country is relevance derived from the courses they teach, Higher Education minister, Dr John Chrysostom Muyingo, has said.
Speaking at the 10th graduation ceremony of Gulu University on Saturday, the minister commended the institution for providing critical skills to students of the region emerging from war. “We appreciate the University for educating students from this region that is recovering from a long war. The government is committed to supporting the University,” Dr Muyingo said.
The minister emphasised that education provided by universities must be relevant to the needs of the population. 
“In order to survive in this current competitive world, universities should demonstrate a high level of relevance and skills imparted to their students must answer the needs of the market,” Dr Muyingo said.
The impact 
“If these graduates go on the streets someone or even the families where they come from will blame the university. We must demonstrate the relevance in the skills imparted, research conducted and outreach activities undertaken. Their impact will determine the students’ survival and employability,” he added.
He said research done by universities must be beneficial to the population where it’s found and should improve the quality of lives of the population. The minister cautioned students against living a reckless life. The graduation saw a total 1,379 students being awarded; certificates, diploma, Bachelors’ degrees, Master’ degrees, doctorates and honorary degrees.
The Gulu University Vice Chancellor, Prof Jack Nyeko Penmogi, asked resident to donate land for construction of a permanent campus. He said the university operates at a temporary site, a former institution of agriculture, because it hasn’t yet acquired its own land. He said people in Lango sub-region, where the university has a branch, have donated land.
The university awarded an honorary Doctor of Science to Mr Simon Nyutu Ghicharu, the founder of Mt Kenya University. Mr Ghicharu was recognised for the numerous contributions he has made towards the development of science courses and growth of tertiary education in Kenya and within East Africa