Vice President tasks UMI graduates to transform society
It's not enough to posess a PhD, the question should be what's the value of your PhD in providing solutions to society. It's the beginning of further research for social-economic transformation
The Vice President of Uganda, Edward Kiwabuka Sekandi has called upon gratuates of the Uganda Management Institute (UMI) to transfer their training into transforming the society through solving society challenges. He told them to utilize the skills attained at UMI to find solutions to the current challenges.
The Vice President was officiating at the 18th scientific graduation ceremony held at UMI Kampala campus on Friday 18th August 2020.
The occasion saw over 3354 graduates receive Degrees, and Diplomas in different displined for the 2018/2019 Academic year.
The Vice President tasked graduates to change work attitudes, be innovative and improve services delivery in their organisations and society using their skills.
"Apply the knowledge and skills received to improve the quality of service delivery for your organisations. Iam confident that the skills will enable you to change work attitudes, be more creative, innovative to address contemporary challenges" he said
He told the PhD graduates to continue with research that will find solutions to society aimed at social economic transformation.
"It's not enough to posess a PhD, the question should be what's the value of your PhD in providing solutions to society. It's the beginning of further research for social-economic transformation" he said.
The Chancellor, UMI, Geraldine Namirembe Bitamazire highlighted the need to take advantage of technology and science methods to do work while urging graduates adjust to the new normal ways of operation. She called upon graduates to transfer knowledge and skills of management attained at UMI to make decisions and solve problems in context of their work.
The Director General, UMI, Dr James Nkata expressed an urgent need of new governance skills to steer population through adopting new leadership different from the traditional ways of operation. He said that in the new 2020-25 Strategic Plan, UMI recognised new models of improving leadership capacity. He called upon partners to implement the strategic plan.
"The strategic plan has fused the 4th Industrial Revolution components including advanced artificial Intelligence, robotics, genetic engineering among other components" he said
Among the graduates, UMI confermed over 5 PhD holders who conducted their research in different areas including: "Drivers of the glass ceiling syndrome in Uganda" by Muhama Gladys, "Influence of organisation culture on knowledge management in public sector" by Everest Turyahikayo, "Critical central-local relationship in health care services delivery" by Yikii Christopher Agatre among others.
Established in 1969, UMI was an Institute of Public Administration to provide in-service training of public service in Uganda. After enaction of UMI statute in 1992, it transformed into UMI and granted semi-autonomous status to develop its own ciurses, award own certificate and Diplomas under Ministry of Education since 2001 and in 2006 UMI became Other Degree Awaiting Institution.