Top Executives Stir Excitement at Victoria University

The government of Uganda through the Minister of Finance, symptoms Planning and Economic Development, more about Matia Kasaija has today signed a memorandum of understanding with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Vice President Sungho Choi for the establishment of Saemaul Model Village in Uganda Project.

During the signing ceremony at the Ministry Headquarters in Kampala, Kasaija revealed that the project worth $ 2.5m is in line with the Vision 2040 strategies on strengthening fundamentals for harnessing opportunity and social protection.

“The project implementation period is 2015- 2018 and will be executed by Mpigi district local government under the Ministry of Local Government. Government will also commit $ 500,000 as counterpart funds for this project,” Kasaija explained.

Kasaija noted that the project is aimed at supporting government to achieve its strategic goal of unlocking rural growth in order to increase agricultural production, increase beneficiary farmers’ income, reduce poverty and improve living conditions.

“The project will promote a community based integrated rural development model following the Saemaul Undong approach of the Republic of Korea (ROK) with a beneficiaries’ mindset of self-help, diligence and cooperation.”

Kasaija observed that it’s time Ugandans discover that it is through self-help that society can be liberated from poverty unlike just waiting for help from government time and again.

The project will be rolled out in seven villages in Mpigi district where members will chose any an agricultural project for which KOICA will fund according to the laid down project budget.

Kasaija has cautioned all accounting officers to ensure that the money meets the intended purpose and promised to rise a red flag against all the will involve in misappropriation of the funds.


KOICA will not only provide financing but also dispatch a team of experts to undertake training of the project beneficiaries about the Saemaeul Undong strategy that has seen South Korean transform into a developed country in the shortest period.
It was a moment of joy, order fun and learning last Saturday as senior six leavers joined Victoria University students and staff to listen to top Ugandan executive officers at the campus premises along Jinja Road in Kampala.

New Vision CEO Robert Kabushenga was the most inspiring speaker, page taking students through simple life etiquette which young people normally ignore but eventually costs them dearly.

“A first class degree without values does not guarantee a job opportunity, purchase ” Kabushenga bluntly told students as they choked on laughter.

“If you come to my office smelling like a brewery or distillery and with an overgrown beard, I can’t give you a job,” he added, sending the excited students into another bout of laughter.

He emphasised that employers “are always looking for disciplined and results-oriented workers. Improve your employability.”

According to the fast-growing institution’s secretary, Dr Michael Kakooza, the Career Day was held to bridge the gap between employers and the students.

He observed that the campus emphasises practical courses to give birth to “desirable and employable graduates.”

Leah, Miss Uganada addressing the house
Leah, Miss Uganada addressing the house

Critical thinking and ethics courses are mandatory at the university.

Kabushenga challenged students to read extensively to widen their scope of knowledge and also be innovative at their places of work.

On discipline, Kabushenga said, “I would rather take a third rate student than a first class one with an atrocious behaviour because I will spend more money to manage the horrible behaviour.”

He warned that students from institutions known for violence are in for a rude awakening.

“If you come from a school with horrible discipline, I can’t employ you,” he added, in reference to the recent mob justice case at Nsibirwa Hall, Makerere University.

The event saw students exploit the golden opportunity to meet and interact with employers face-to-face, gain firsthand knowledge about current vacancies and opportunities available in the industry sector, and to market themselves to prospective employers.

Such events are common in western Universities such as Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard.

Mr Ethan Musolini, CEO, Success Africa spoke widely on building a successful career, urging students to always have confidence and pursue their dreams relentlessly.

Miss Uganda Leah Kalanguka told the youth in attendance not to measure their success by material gain.

“It’s important to have what drives you in this life. It should be passion backed by energy. You must be dedicated to achieve your goals,” she inspired the students who were listening attentively.

According to Kalanguka, open-minded people are bound to meet little resistance when undertaking a difficult task.

She urged the young people to build stronger networks of eminent people to help in decision making.

Mr Charles Ocici, Executive Director Enterprise Uganda informed the congregation that, “Ambition and self-belief is the only sure way to drive our life to prosperity and fulfilment. It is the key in meeting our varied ambitions.”

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