The place of a great institution in career choice

UCU

BY JOHN VIANNEY AHUMUZA

Have you ever imagined what it would mean to associate with history? Do you even know that attending a great institution or school airlifts one’s status to greater heights in professional practice? How much does the history of the institution you intend to join matter to you?

Let us first take a look at the following facts: the oldest, existing and continually operating educational institution in the world is the University of Karueein, founded in 859 AD in Fez, Morocco. The University of Bologna, Italy, was founded in 1088 and is the oldest one in Europe. The Sumerians had scribal schools or É-Dub-ba soon after 3500BC. In Uganda Makerere is the oldest university, established in 1922. 

Uganda Christian University (UCU) was founded in 1997 by the Anglican Church of Uganda, upgrading from the premier Bishop Tucker Theological College, which was established in 1913 and named after the pioneer missionary Bishop Alfred Robert Tucker.

UCU’s chancellor is the Archbishop of Uganda, the Most Rev. Stanley Ntagali and the vice chancellor, Dr. John Senyonyi. The university was the first private one to be chartered in 2004 by the National Council for Higher Education.

UCU aims at producing graduates with a difference, as reflected in its grand mission of “A complete education for a complete person”.

There is hardly a company or institution that will not prefer a UCU graduate for employment given the opprotunity to choose.

I have traversed the country with the career team offering free career guidance to students in secondary schools as a way for UCU to give back to the community. Throughout these journeys, I was humbled by vibrant alumni that are found holding various offices across the country, serving the nation in their respective capacities.

This is the beauty of selecting UCU as a study institution. Lecturers and tutors go the extra mile in shaping the destiny of learners. 

Learners are equipped with communication skills and critical thinking is a key priority for the UCU teaching staff targets. Above all, the students are prepared to serve the world from a Christian perspective.

There is no doubt that Jesus continues to be the greatest prophet ever. He was so great yet humble in service.

This philosophy is enshrined in the UCU motto, “God the Beginning and the End.” This continues to provide a mirror through which our alumni and staff view and shape themselves in service delivery.

When you study at UCU your life will never be the same again. You will experience a life revolution that will impact your career dream for the better. Furthermore, your spiritual, social, economic as well as political empowerment shall be infinite, watering your life to eternity.

The writer is a lecturer at Foundations Studies Department 

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