By Kanakulya Fred: KIU Guild Union Minister for Information and Public Relations 2019-2020
We bring warm greetings to our great community members, from KIU Guild Union leaders of 2019/2020 academic session. We hope you will enjoy reading this November 2019 edition of KIU Giraffe Times (KGT) news publication. The KGT is a newspaper that consists of news and events happening within the KIU environment of which KIU Guild Union is part of.
As KIU Guild Union 2019-2020 academic session, we appreciate the university management for creating a safe space for students to freely explore their potential. And we appreciate the university administrators for being approachable, good listeners and for caring about the students under their care.
The KIU Guild Union consists of four members each from all the existing six colleges or schools such as SCIT, SEAS, CEODL, CHSS, SOL, and CEM respectively. However, it is statutory that among these four-member representatives, there must be a female student amongst them.
In this regard, an important point to note is that, for one to be eligible to contest for KIU Guild Union leadership, one must have spent at least a year as a student, with a CGPA above 3.0, and the term of office is only for one year respectively.
As a Guild Union, we believe in passionate Leadership that is result-oriented, in order to overcome challenges and that leadership comes from God. Beyond being on-campus politicians, we are leaders who aim at serving our fellow students, and this has been our drive, since we took over from our predecessors, as student leaders.
During the first 100 days of Leadership at Kampala International University we have managed to achieve the following as accentuated below;-
The Orientation of New Students
To start with, on 06.09.2019, the Guild Union was able to successfully organize an Orientation for the new entrants in the August 2019/2020 intake, where they were formally inducted as students into the KIU fraternity.
The Orientation was attended by the University Administrators including the Vice-Chancellor (who took the students through the induction process), Deputy Vice-Chancellor Finance and Administration, Dean of Students, Campus Administrator, Lecturers and the Guild Union leaders, who gave wonderful messages to the new students, which were motivational, inspirational and encouraging alongside.
As a result, we want to seize this opportunity to thank all the new students for choosing KIU as their first choice. KIU as a private leading university in Uganda is one of the universities in the country with the highest number of enrollments per intake.
As an annual routine within the university community, from 24.08.2019 to 07.09.2019 the Guild Union organized a Trade Bazaar, which enabled the new students to purchase whatever they wanted inside the university premises, instead of struggling to get them elsewhere, being that most of them are apparently new to the environment. As such traders and organizations within the country, who wish to participate in the trade or event, apply to the university and afterwards, obtain approval to showcase their products and/or services to students and staff for the period of time stipulated. This, therefore, minimizes the difficulty the new entrants’ face, especially when they want to buy scholastic materials and other much-needed basic requirements that will aid them to settle-in comfortably. We thank God that it ended successfully.
In line with the sequence of events, on 07.09.2019, the Guild Union in collaboration with the Dean of Students’ welcomed the new students officially at Kampala International University (KIU), through an annual entertainment event tagged ‘Fresher’s Ball’. During the event, we were able to bring in Ugandan top artists like Fefe Bbusi, among others, for the pleasure of our new students. And as a Guild Union, we call this as an achievement!
Then, on 20th September 2019, the Guild Union successfully organized a Public Lecture with the theme “Colonialism in Africa: The Case of Western Sahara”. This was intended to amalgamate ideas on how we can help our fellow African country which is still under colonialism. The event was well-attended, as the chief guest was the 2nd Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of East Africa for Community Affairs, Rt. Hon. Kirunda Kivejinja and the Ambassador of Western Sahara to Uganda, H.E Mohammed Bachir, among other notable personalities, including hundreds of students, were all in attendance.
Western Sahara is an African country, which is still under colonisation by a fellow African country, which is Morocco.
This event also opened up good networking opportunities for our students, as they were able to connect with great personalities that graced the occasion, thus, being a platform for a greater-tomorrow for most of them, if maximized correctly.
Lastly, we take this opportunity to thank the university management for the endless support they are giving us, which has enabled us to implement our programmes as designed, and we promise to deliver more, before the end of our tenure as the 2019/2020 Guild Union members.
“Kampala International University, Exploring the Heights!”
“For God and My Country!”