Kabale University Participates in the Mini Higher Education Exhibition at Kololo Ceremonial grounds
Kabale University participated in the Mini Higher Education Exhibition in the National Council for Higher Education’s grand celebration to celebrate its 20th anniversary of immense contribution to Uganda’s education sector
The event brought together fifteen educational institutions and showcased the Universities’ commitment to academic excellence and innovation at the university.
The event took place on 12th October and was graced by the President of Uganda, H.E. President Museveni, who attended as the chief guest, and his wife who doubles as the Minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni Kataha.
The Mini Higher Education Exhibition served as an ideal platform for Universities to demonstrate their innovations and Projects.
Kabale university’s representatives from the Communications, Branding and Marketing Department were on hand to interact with different delegates, visitors, and academic enthusiasts, offering insights into the institution’s academic strengths and its contribution to Uganda’s educational landscape.
Some of the projects exhibited at the mini exhibition include the Site Selection to Protect Papyrus Endemic Biodiversity in Uganda –SEBU Project, (this project seeks to collect data on the distribution, abundance, habitat use of birds, reptiles and amphibians in order to determine priority areas for area-based protection and to advocate for their protection.), the Blended Learning Solution to Advance Gender Equality in Education in Uganda project that was designed to test an innovative solution that promotes gender equality and empowers women in the teaching profession in Uganda, the KAB Innovation cloud space, among others.
The presence of the President of Uganda, who graced the occasion as the guest of honor, added a significant level of importance to the event. His attendance proved government’s commitment to higher education and the critical role Universities like Kabale play in shaping the nation’s future.
According to the President, modern education particularly at the higher level revolves around two principles one being understanding nature and the second one understanding its natural laws.
According to the President, it is crucial to ensure clarity because the mystification of knowledge can confuse people who are learning from you adding that a University’s role is to facilitate an understanding.
“Your role is to facilitate an understanding of nature, its natural laws, and how these principles can be harnessed to address challenges, or conversely, how they can be misused to generate societal issues,” said President Museveni.”
President Museveni also said that Uganda should adopt the biotechnology law, allowing the country to utilize it as a safeguard against potential misuse by malicious individuals using the example of people who say that God does not exist.
“This is where I don’t agree with these universities which say there’s no God in science. You talk of gravity but who created it? But that is another issue, the atheists, the scientists, and those who believe in God, can handle it.” Said President Museveni.
The First Lady who also doubles as the Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet Museveni, commended her predecessors within the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government for their innovative efforts in defining the regulatory role of higher education in the nation.
Hon Janet also said that the significant growth from 67 higher education institutions 20 years ago to the current total of 265, is clear evidence that the government has cultivated an environment conducive to expansion.
“This shows that NCHE’s work has increased four-fold to monitor and authorize many higher education institutions to operate.”
Prof. Mary J. N. Okwakol, the Executive Director of the NCHE, revealed that the council was founded in accordance with the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act of 2001, which underwent amendments in 2003 and 2006. This Act granted the council the authority to regulate and provide guidance for the establishment and management of higher education institutions, standardize qualifications, and offer advisory services to the government on matters related to higher education.
She outlined establishment of the secretariat, an expansion in staff numbers, and securing a permanent headquarters after 13 years of renting as some of the achievements of the National Council for Higher Education for the last 20years.
The Mini Higher Education Exhibition at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds was not only an opportunity for Kabale University to showcase its academic and innovative capabilities but also prove that higher education is important in the growth and development of the country.
The event attracted a diverse audience, including, educators/heads of Higher places of learning, Government officials, and delegates from different organizations all came together to celebrate the National Council for Higher Education’s 20th Anniversary celebrations.
The celebrations ran under the theme “20 years of the National Council for Higher Education; Transforming Higher Education In Uganda”