Minister of Education and Sports Hon Janet Kataaha Museveni has advised hundreds of students that graduated Saturday at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, to be prepared to face severe competition in the job market.
The minister, in her speech which was delivered by the Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye, urged the graduates to continue to be ethical despite the competition.
“You are being released to a very competitive world,” she advised.
“Use the knowledge skills and values you have attained from this university to face the challenges ahead of you.”
The minister went on to encourage the graduates to stick to the discipline the learned in school during their job search and at work.
“You should treasure the values of hard work, honesty, transparency, accountability, respect for authority; all this will make you stand out wherever you go.”
At the graduation ceremony at the Kihumuro Main Campus, a total of 964 students graduated in various fields.
These included 587 males and 377 females. A total of 22 students were also recognized with first class degrees.
The university chancellor Prof. Charles L.M Olweny urged students to continue with studies.
“Learning never ends. I to appeal to each and every one of you as you collect your certificates, degrees and transcripts endeavor to register for your next course, be it Masters or PHD,” he said.
On his part, Minister Elioda Tumwesigye cautioned the graduates to safeguard their lives against harm and disease.
“When you go out in the world, please stay alive; don’t say, ‘now I am very happy I have graduated I have to enjoy,’” the minister said.
He also encouraged students to do more training and research to stay competitive.
“Uganda is going to be among the fastest growing countries in the world by 2026 competing with India according to Harvard; you need to be around to witness Uganda leading the world in development.”