HURRAY TO IUEA’S FIRST EVER VIRTUAL GRADUATION!

Graduation day at IUEA usually encompasses a glorious display of events. From the academic procession, music, food to the brilliant fashion flaunts. However this year, it saddens us that we were unable to have the event in full capacity due to government regulations on numbers. None the less, the 7th graduation ceremony did not fall short of the usual oomph, color, and splendor.

 

At 10:00 am the mood was jubilant as the procession made its way to the 3Stoogies podium. The immaculately clad group consisted of the university vice-chancellor Dr. Emeka Akaizuwa, The Board of Trustees Chairperson Ambassador Moses Kiwe Sebunya, the proprietor Mr. Alwi Hassan, Resident Director Mr. Hassan Alwi, faculty heads, administrators, student representatives, and distinct members from the Ministry of Education and Sports. After the procession usher in, the Uganda national anthem and the East African Anthem were sung followed by Christian and Islamic prayers subsequently that saw all other events of the day commence. 

 

The chancellor of the day Ambassador Moses Kiwe Sebunya- sitting in for chancellor Dr. Emmanuel Mutebile (who unfortunately couldn’t make it to the event) commenced the ceremony by thanking all guests present both on campus and those joining in virtually. “It is a graduation to remember because you have lived up to the university’s values- Being the technological university of choice.” He further congratulated the students upon their success even in the face of a global pandemic. He went ahead to wish them all the best in their endeavors and urged them to keep the zeal of acquiring knowledge even as they step into the next journey of their careers. 

 

The Vice-chancellor Dr. Emeka Akaezuwa launched the Cyber Security warriors programme. 

“The Cyber Security Warriors (CWS) has been created to counter the problems companies face today. Since most organizations have moved online after the COVID-19outbreak, there is a need to protect their digital property and thus we created the Cyber Security Warriors, which is a partnership with other companies.” 

He went ahead to invite Mrs. Elizabeth Kutesa and Dr. Lakashmi Bhabuu who will be overseers and partners in the Cyber Security Warriors (CSW) project. 

Dr. Emeka continued to introduce the IUEA 10th anniversary and all the key milestones achieved during this period; 

2010 •IUEA receives License from the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). 2014• First students start classes. • Kano State Government in Nigeria sends 191 students for ICT training. • First Graduation; Faculty of Business and Management, Faculty of Science and Technology. 2015• Creation of the Engineering laboratories. • First graduation for Faculty of Engineering. 2016 • MBA programme is started. • MIT programme is started. • Faculty of Law created. • IUEA partnership with Princeton University for the exchange programme. • Kyambogo and IUEA Engineering partnership. 2017 • Innovation lab is created. 2018 • IUEA voted Best private University in Uganda. • IUEA Electric idea tops university innovators. • IUEA Launch first Alumni Dinner. • IUEA starts teaching Space Science. • IUEA Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) wins across the world 2019 • IUEA applies to NCHE for a Charter. • First Graduation for Faculty of Law. • IUEA voted Best private University for the 2nd time. • IUEA tops University Poetry Championship. • IUEA tops university Debate and skills Expo. • Shafiq Kiwanuka from IUEA wins African Boxing Heavy Weight Championship against Zimbabwe. •IUEA applies to UCC to build Uganda’s first satellite called UGA-SAT1. 2020• IUEA Launched the Faculty of Law. •IUEA wins the International University of East Africa EMC Jinja Rally.• IUEA Covid-19 Community give-back.•IUEA Online University Launch. •IUEA Cyber Warriors Launch. 

 

The Guest speaker, Dr. George Mutekanga from the ministry of Education in charge of private schools started off by sharing greetings from the First Lady Mama Janet Kataha Museveni the Minister of Education and Sports, and an apology from the Minister of higher education Dr. John C. Muyingo.  

“The world has changed and we are embracing technology more than ever and we are ready to give you all the necessary support you need" Dr. Mutekanga added. 

In the same vein, He called upon the University to maintain an upper hand in research to solve community problems with new inventions.

 

As the ceremony came to an end, the Vice-Chancellor commended the class of 2020 for being the first to take part in the inaugural IUEA virtual graduation. He reminded them that even if they have come to the end of their studies at IUEA, they are still part of us since they join a large body of the IUEA alumni. 

 

As a university, we would like to thank all our various members of staff and departments for organising the event and ensuring its success. Thank you.

Congratulations again class of 2020! Well deserved!