By Bernard Buteera
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University urged the Graduates of Mastercard Foundation to become good ambassadors of both the University and the Foundation in their Communities. He made the remarks in a speech read for him by Prof. Umar Kakumba, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, during a colourful function organised to congratulate and honour the 61 graduates of Mastercard of Foundation who just graduated at the 72nd graduation ceremony at Makerere University.
Prof. Nawangwe pointed out that Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University recruits academically excellent but underprivileged students and highly disciplined, therefore he expected them to excel even at their places of work and in their communities.
“Universities world over thrive from such partnerships and collaborations like Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program for academic and infrastructure development. I, therefore, call upon all stakeholders to support such initiatives, so that we can attract more partnerships of this kind in Uganda and Africa,” he said.
He pledged the support of the University to the Scholars Program, and that he was confident that the partnership between the University and the Foundation would go on for many years to come.
The Mastercard Foundation country head in Uganda, Mr. Adrian Bukenya, who represented the Foundation at the event, lauded the partnership between the Foundation and Makerere University.
“The Foundation is proud this partnership with Makerere University, which has produced tangible results through these young people who graduating today.” Mr. Bukenya remarked. He further revealed that the Scholars Program at Makerere University was one of the biggest on the African continent, and very visible through what the Scholars were doing in terms engagements within the Scholars Community.
Mr. Bukenya read the message from the President of the Mastercard Foundation, Ms. Reeta Roy, who urged the graduates to go out in the world and try out new things.
“Give yourself permission to have a dream, to try new things, to fail, and to learn. It is permission to move forward without a clearly defined path. Make mistakes and learn from them. By trying, failing, and learning you will get to know yourself.”Ms. Reeta urged graduates.
The Chief Guest at the function, Dr. Ruth Biyinzika Musoke, the Director, Skills Development at the Private Sector Foundation Uganda, urged graduates to lower their expectations as they venture out in the world of work. She cautioned them against expecting quick financial gains, emphasising that they would rather seek to gain real work experience and skills.
“My dear graduates, you are entering the job market at the time when the industry is recovering from challenges posed by COVID19, therefore lower your expectations. Do not expect to get those high paying jobs immediately; rather seek to gain real work experience from any job opportunity, however small that job may be.” Dr. Musoke said.
Dr. Musoke remarked that the Private Sector Foundation Uganda was proud to be associated with Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, and pledged to support the 61 graduates in finding placements for graduate internship and even jobs.