Female students for the first time beat their male counterparts both in performance and numbers, as the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) graduated 872 students in a the 28th scientific graduation ceremony that was held at Kabojja Females Campus in Kampala.
Female students were 451 representing 52% of total grandaunts while their Male counterparts were 421 representing 48%.
“Out of the 58 First Class Degrees, Females are 30 and males are 28. 300 graduated with second class upper degrees, and 158 were female while 142 were male,” Dr. Halima Wakabi Akbar, the IUIU Academic Registrar observed.
Dr Akbar noted that the male students only slightly beat their female counterparts in the Second-Class Lower degree.
“Out of the 263 graduates with second Class degrees, 130 were female and 133 were male,” she noted.
Last year during the 27th Graduation, the female students almost tied with their male counterparts in form of numbers. The percentage was 50/50, with 1,131 Male students and 1,130 females.
Rehema Kantono, the University Public Relations Officer, attributed the females’ improved performance to the favorable study conditions surrounding female students in the University.
“IUIU focusses on ensuring favorable environment for the girls to equally compete in Education, and girls here are encouraged to aim higher,” said Kantono
While officiating his last graduation ceremony as the Rector of IUIU, Dr. Ahmed Kaweesa Ssengendo, the out-going rector thanked the female students for their continued hard work.
“They have indeed worked hard to make sure that our University achieve Gender Parity but I want to remind all of you to always be grateful to those that have helped you to this day,” he said adding,
“The University decided to celebrate this year’s graduation into two phases to allow all student to graduate because some students are still in internship and some had not cleared all dues. So, we expect another bunch to graduate in the second phase in March 2021.” He said.
The 28th graduation ceremony was held scientifically with some delegates and students attending via zoom as the University observed the Ministry of Health’s issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs), aimed at combating the spread of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
1200 students to graduate in March next year
The 851 graduands out of the 872, are among the over 2000 students who were supposed to graduate this year but others failed because they had not fulfilled all the requirement including academic requirement and fees requirements, by the time of graduation.
Ssengendo however assured the congregation that the university is preparing for the remaining 1200 students a second graduation ceremony that will take place in March 2021.
“I therefore call upon all the remaining students to clear with the University so that they graduate when the time comes,” he said
Some of the students who are still in internship include; students of Mass Communication and Advanced Diploma in Health Sciences across all Campuses.
Of those who graduated, 306 were from the Main Campus in Mbale, 296 from Kampala Campus at Kibuli, 128 from Females Campus Kabojja and 142 from Arua Campus in Arua.
A total of 14 Masters Degrees, 28 got Post-graduate Diplomas, 54 Certificates, 102 Undergraduate Diplomas and 674 Under-graduate Degrees were awarded to graduands.
Dr. Ssengendo Bids farewell
Dr. Ssengendo who was recently appointed as the Assistant Secretary General for Economic Corporations was succeeded by the Vice Rector, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ismail Simbwa Gyagenda yesterday after he (Gyagenda) being elected by the University Council as the new Rector.
“I want to officially inform all of you that this is my last graduation as the rector of IUIU, the next will be officiated by Dr. Ismael Gyagenda who has succeeded me,” he said.
Ssengendo urged Dr. Gyagenda together with others on the entire management to establish plans that consolidates success to IUIU.
“I am 62 years old but I joined IUIU in 1997 at 29 years old and have since served in various positions. This implies that I have spent 33yrs, more than a half of my years at IUIU,”
By the time of his retirement, IUIU has produced over 30,000 graduands in various disciplines, with 10,245 active students from 21 different countries with 87 different academic programs in seven (07) different faculties.
“We had now focused on establishing programs that promote Science and technology and on that we wanted to establish the faculty of Engineering in Mbale, which the current leadership will work on inshallah,” he said .