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Speech By the Chairperson KIU of University Council, Prof. Fred Wabwire Mangen at The 24th KIU Graduation Ceremony On November 20th, 2021 Chairperson Council Speech


The Chief Guest, 
The Chancellor of Kampala International University, 
Honorable Ministers 
Your Excellencies Ambassadors & High Commissioners;
Honorable Members of Parliament
Chairman and Members of the Board of Trustees
Vice-Chairperson and Members of the University Council
Vice-Chancellor Kampala International University
Vice-Chancellors of Other Universities
Deputy Vice-Chancellors and Other Members of KIU Management
KIU Academic, Administrative, and Support Staff
KIU Student Guild Leadership
Parents and Guardians
The Media fraternity
Ladies and Gentlemen; in your respective capacities;

On behalf of the Kampala International University Council and on my own behalf, I warmly welcome you to this 24th graduation ceremony being held virtually for the 3rd time consecutively, since the start of the pandemic. I congratulate the young ladies and gentlemen on their various academic achievements and their parents, guardians, and sponsors for supporting their academic endeavors. In a special way, I congratulate the seven Ph.D. graduands, who are receiving their academic awards today.

Mr. Chancellor Sir, allow me to congratulate you, the Board of Trustees, the University Council, and the entire University Management on this great achievement which is a clear demonstration that indeed, KIU will continue scaling and conquering greater heights.

Kampala International University continues to rank as the best private university in Uganda and in the region, demonstrating its capacity as learning organization, that’s ready to successfully face the challenges that have resulted from the pandemic. For KIU, this has indeed been more of a learning curve, than a challenge. 

Today, we celebrate yet another great output as close to 3000 students graduate with degrees and diplomas. In the era of the pandemic and given the adverse effects on the whole education sector, I congratulate KIU on continuing to achieve what seemed impossible at the start. It is common knowledge that many institutions have been adversely affected and their activities disrupted, and it’s only those that were willing to learn and move forward that have managed to stay afloat, 

I am glad that Kampala International University has led on this front, which I can attribute to the commitment of all stakeholders to KIU, especially the Chairman Board of Trustees, Al-Hajj Dr. Hassan Basajjabala, and his entire Board.

I commend the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mouhamad Mpezamihigo for the exceptional and visionary leadership, the Deputy Vice-Chancellors, the entire management team, the University Senate, the academic and non-academic staff, the students, our strategic partners, and all key stakeholders that have played key roles in supporting KIU to make this tremendous contribution to the education sector.

Mr. Chancellor, Sir, I wish to reiterate the exceptional commitment and enormous support of the entire University Council to the vision of KIU. I would like to congratulate the Honourable members of the University Council who continuously and expeditiously bring their intellect and wealth of professional experience to the Council. 

Looking back at March 2020, it is clear that the world can be turned upside down and it is the human agency that causes us to survive. As you go into the world of work and employment, I urge you to contribute actively to this agency and contribute positively to the development of our country. I urge you to get vaccinated, wear your masks and sanitize religiously, and where possible, be part of the transformation that will render this pandemic history.  

Once again, I congratulate you, the staff of KIU, the parents and guardians, and all other KIU stakeholders. 

Keep safe as you celebrate and I wish you all the best. 
Exploring the Heights for God and My Country 

Prof. Fred Wabwire Mangen, 
Chairperson, KIU University Council