Minister for Science and Technology, Dr Elioda Tumwesigye has urged University graduates to desist from living reckless lives and instead build meaningful lives and careers after school.
Minister Tumwesigye urged the students that graduated last weekend at the Kampala International University (KIU) main branch in Kampala to abstain from sex or use condoms and also to stay away from use of mind wrecking substances like alcohol and drugs.
“The fact that you are graduates makes you a class apart. Please treat yourselves with respect and be examples to other youths” he said
Minister Tumwesigye also asked the graduates to keep open minds as they look for jobs.
“The degree you have is just a stepping stone for you. Jobs are scarce and you might not get an immediate job in your field, start with what is available” he said
The minister also assured the graduates that government will continue to put in place measures and policies to help the youths start up their own businesses through putting up innovation business centres in different parts of the country. He further noted that government is willing to work with universities to improve research and innovation
At 20th KIU graduation ceremony on Saturday over 1000 students graduated with Doctorates, Masters, Bachelor’s degrees and diplomas in different fields.
Speaking at the same ceremony, the Vice Chancellor KIU, Dr Mouhamad Mpezamihigo said the University is focused on producing graduates that are not only skilled but also able to meet the demands of the job market and creating own jobs through innovation
He further asked the new graduates to continue seeking knowledge that will be useful in their career and social development