By Kagenyi Lukka
Victoria University, the fastest growing private university in Uganda, has today held its 3rd graduation congregation ceremony at Kabira country club ballroom in Bukoto.
The private institution was established in Uganda in 2010 and was hence licensed by the National Council for higher education to execute its duties.
It was later bought by Uganda’s Richest man Dr Sudhir Ruparelia in 2013 and became a subsidiary of his business empire ‘The Ruparelia Group’ who have since transformed the higher institution of learning into one of those best performing and fastest growing privately owned universities in Uganda.
The 3rd graduation ceremony was attended by the chancellor Dr Martin Jerome Aliker, vice chancellor Dr Krishna Sharma, Academic Registrar Mrs Katushabe Ssemwezi, University council members led by their chairman and former Entebbe municipality MP Dr David Matovu Byatike, his vice Mr Joseph Biribonwa, Board Member Mr James Kalebbo, Justice Mary Maitum and Mr Joram Francis Kahenano.
The University promoters and Directors were represented by Kampala business tycoon Mr Rajiv Ruparelia who is also a Director in the institution.
The university’s partners and collaborators like Speke group of hotels, NFT consult, Reach a hand, Rai university, amity global business school, Coventry university, northwest global solutions limited and Greenwich university were all represented at the event.
The motivational/ guest speaker was Emmanuel Katongole, the managing Director of Cipla quality chemical a local chemical and pharmaceutical company that manufactures Anti-malaria drugs, Anti-retroviral drugs and other cetamols.
In his moving speech that touched whoever attended the ceremony, Katongole reminded the graduands to think big and start small.
“What a wonderful morning to see these young men and women graduating and the team that will transform this world!” he said.
The board member of the initiative for global development further thanked the University promoters Dr Sudhir Ruparelia and His wife Jyotsna Ruparelia for having started the institution that has produced today’s graduands.
“I have no doubt that everything that Mr Ruparelia starts will automatically succeed.”
He also called upon the ministry of education and sports, National council for higher education, private sector foundations and other educational institutions to join the great victoria university in promoting and transforming the society as envisaged in its policy manual.
Dr Katongole’ speech touched many as he narrated the ordeal on his family.
“Young boys and girls be firm, be positive in life, aim higher above all, put God first.”
“My mother was a house girl, she could move 10 kilometers away from home to fetch food for us. My three sisters were remove out of school as the old woman couldn’t raise fees for all of us, she concentrated on me and until I completed primary leaving examinations w I emerged as the best in Mubende district in 1975, I got a scholarship to study at Namilyango college, today I’m an MD,” he said.
The University chancellor Dr Martin Jerome Aliker thanked the University promoters for the efforts and support given to them that has enabled the University to grow from one faculty to four faculties namely: Faculty of science and technology, Faculty of Health Science, Faculty of humanities and social sciences and Faculty of Business and management.
The event reached its climax when the academic registrar invited the deans of the faculties to read the names of the graduands and the chancellor Dr Martin Jerome Aliker conferred upon them their diplomas and degrees.
The best four graduands from each faculty were also specially reward by the university.
These are; Peter Mugerwa Alvin [CJPA 4.55], John Paul Mulinga [CJPA 4.66], Birungi Irene [CPJA 4 .60] and Apolot Winnie.