UCU honours former Council with reminder of prayer and accomplishments

 

By Frank Obonyo

Through words, plaques and certificates, Uganda Christian University (UCU) has recognized its former council members for their dedicated service.

Chairperson of the University Council, Rt. Rev. Alfred Olwa, presented the accolades, expressing appreciation for the “illustrious service” and labour during a one-day council retreat held at the Speke Resort Munyoyo on February 12, 2021.

The honoured members include: Bishop Sheldon Mwesigwa, Mrs. Victoria Kisarale, Mr. Parity Twinomujuni, Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire, Prof. Michael Grace Kawooya, Mr. Patrick Bakka Male, Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi, Assoc. Prof. Michael Masanza, Mr. Timothy Kadaga and Mr. William Ronald Kikoso.

 “We have recognized you for the excellent service you have rendered,” Bishop Olwa said. “This is the reward for hard work, dedication and consistency.”

The former Chairperson of University Council, Bishop Mwesigwa, thanked the University community for offering them prayers and support during their term of office.

“I get surprised when people fight to get into leadership because it requires patience, tolerance, prayer and commitment,” he said. “We had unwavering support from all stakeholders.”

The former UCU Vice Chancellor, Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi, urged new council members to depend on prayer to succeed.

“As a Christian University, you have a testimony to protect, and this responsibility is on your shoulders,” he said.   “You carry UCU where ever you go, so you should protect its name.”

UCU Vice Chancellor, Assoc. Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi, expressed appreciation to the former Council members in what has been “a very challenging but rewarding time at UCU.”

He presented UCU’s key highlights of the last six months. These include: distribution of Gift Hampers to 773 full-time and part-time staff; successfully administered Take-Home Exams; online Pre-Entry interviews for Law, School of Medicine and Dentistry applicants; the first-ever virtual graduation; migration of most of its business to online operation; and receipt of grants such as NOHRED ii sh8.4 billion to reinforce PhD programming within the Faculty of Journalism Media and Communication, School of Business sh238 million to promote bird tourism and the Bishop Tucker School of Divinity and Theology sh14 million laptop project.

He added that UCU has become a benchmark for eLearning in Uganda and that the University has spent time and resources in building her online capacity.

The Board Chairperson of Stanbic Bank, Japheth Katto, who facilitated a session titled “Governance During Crisis,” advised the current University leadership to allow quick decision-making and risk taking.

He said there are so many external influences that have reshaped the landscape and this implies that UCU has to continue delivering quality programs and becoming an e-campus.

“The status quo can no longer be maintained because technology has made organizations to disappear,” Katto said. “There is going to be a time to let go as long as you do not compromise the values of the University.”

He called upon the University community to have a mindset shift because things have to be done differently in a crisis.

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