Kayla Namulondo

Kayla Namulondo

UNOC’s Chair Inspires Victoria University Graduands

While many young adults look at completing university undergraduate education as a conquest and a prestigious achievement, experience differs, with many people who have been down that murky waters saying it is the beginning of real life.

Graduating from university comes with its responsibilities and challenges especially in a country like Uganda where opportunities don’t come easily. It takes being innovative, assertive and lucky to get going.

And as students of Victoria University graduated at Kabira Country Club in Bukoto, Kampala, a world of certainty for many waited them. But in all this, they were chanced to have a man of reason among them to pep talk them and prepare them for a life of chasing opportunities.

Dr. Emmanuel Katongole who spoke at the third graduation ceremony of Victoria University is a man respected for his accomplishments - rising from a peasantry life to one of the most influential business people in Uganda’s corporate circles.

Addressing the graduating students, Dr Katongole, astute as ever, made mention of the things that these young adults must do to sail through the next life of laboring, finding your footing and contributing to the building the country.

Now that that these now graduates are going into the job market, he tips that employers are looking for a graduate from a well managed university like Victoria University. He says employers are looking for a person with ethics and integrity, transparency, quality, accountability and ability to execute assignments.   

“Thirty three years ago, at my graduation, as I sat and listened to the chancellor of Makerere University then, the vice chancellor, chairman of council and the commencement speaker then, I was filled with dreams.

“Dreams that I too would contribute something to the country but also to empower myself and my family. I know these are the same dreams that you have.Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy, neither will it be that easy for you.

“But what matters is the drive, the desire that you are going to succeed, the determination, the dedication but above all it is the discipline and resolve that you put in,” 

Dr. Katongole was born in 1962 to illiterate village parents. They could not even write their names, he says, but he managed to beat all odds including losing his father who had moved to Kampala city as a labourer at a tender age of four leaving all responsibility to raise him to a woman who had no job. 

Determination, discipline, hard work, luck, academic excellence and resilience of his illiterate mother saw attend some of the best schools in the country enroute to completing university at Makerere University.

Dr. Katongole is now currently the Executive Chairman of Cipla Quality Chemical Industries Limited (CQCIL) the only company in Sub-Saharan Africa authorized to manufacture triple-combination anti retro-viral drugs.They also make malaria treatment drugs. He concurrently serves as chairman of the Uganda National Oil Company and other corporate boards including ABSA Bank. 

Over 22 African countries are using malaria  drugs from his CIPLA, registering close to 9bn malaria treatments per year. Becaus of CIPLA and Dr. Katongole malaria deaths in Uganda reduced from 400 to less than 200 per month. He has a dream of seeing a malaria free world.

La Cabana Restaurant Wins Signature Dining Award

La Cabana Restaurant, located at Speke Apartments, Wampewo Avenue, emerged winner at 4th Kampala Restaurant Week Awards Ceremony, taking home the coveted Signature Dining Restaurant Award, fending off competition from 18 other luxurious city restaurants and hotels.

“We would like to express our deepest appreciation to everyone who tried our dishes during #KlaRestaurantWeek as well as those who participated in the voting,” La Cabana Restaurant posted on their social media pages following the Tuesday triumph.

La Cabana Restaurant is Kampala’s premium and ritzy Brazilian churrasco grill restaurant in Uganda. Kampala Restaurant Week is the biggest foods and beverages event where restaurants and hotels showcase their food artistry.

Olives Restaurant won the Top Casual Dining Award and  Best Innovation Award, Karveli Restaurant Kampala win the Outstanding Service Award while Agaba Tumusiime won the cook off competition at the Awards Ceremony.

Victoria University, NFT Consult Sign MoU To Prepare Students

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Victoria University and NFT Consult on Friday presenting an opportunity to students at the University students to start a firm well nurtured career in Human Resource Management.

This MoU signing event was witnessed by the Human Resource Managers Association of Uganda represented by the Secretary General Mr Ajal Joseph. Victoria University Vice Chancellor Dr Krishna N Sharma and the General Manager of NFT Consult Ms Annet Kijjagulwe signed for their respective institutions.

Prior to the signing, the Dean of Humanities Mr Kasirye Fred identified the need to bridge the gap between the academia and the practitioners thus such partnerships. Dr Sharma identified the need for student centered teaching and learning if tomorrows unknown opportunities have to be harnessed.

The MoU is aimed at offering unpaid internship placement at NFT Consult for students enrolled for the HRM Degree course, engaging professionals in curriculum development to enrich university programmes, partner for Corporate Social Responsibility programmes and build capacity of HR in the land and beyond (offering both academic and non-academic training)

Ms Kijjagulwe asserted NFT readiness to be a key player in building the skill set to embrace the employers’ demands, today and tomorrow building on the efforts made by the lecturers at the University.

She tasked the guests present to always yearn to be better and offer quality to their employers and as gesture to improve the quality of the country’ Human resources by simple gestures such as time management, team appreciation, quality communication among others.

She challenged the students that would benefit from this partnership to always launch deep if they have to make significant contributions in all they do.  
As witness to the signing of the MoU, the General Secretary of the Human Resource managers Association of Uganda, Mr Ajal Joseph reiterated the need to train for the future. He alluded to the fact that the internet having created a disruptive environment, and that only the ready would harness the future job market.

Victoria University is home to four faculties- Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and management, Health Sciences and also the Faculty of Science and Technology. Through all these faculties the University presents a total 360 degrees training for its learners and thus identifies industry partners with which to ensure total teaching and learning.

INTERVIEW: I Want To Be A Better Woman – Miss Victoria University

Many young girls out there struggle to identify their purpose in life or fear to go for their dreams because they lack self belief or people with them don’t believe in them yet for Namuli Precious Priscilla being surrounded by good people at Victoria University Kampala was a turning point as she explains in this Interview with EARTHFINDS a few weeks after emerging as Miss Victoria University.

Congratulations for emerging winner of Miss Victoria University (VU) Kampala, please tell us about yourself – who are you?

My name is Namuli Precious Priscilla, a foundation student at Victoria University. I am a true Ugandan that loves and believes in God.

What do you like about Victoria University?

Victoria University is a place I could call a second home. It has all the suitable conditions that one needs to read, learn and excel. I got to meet people from different countries and I’m actually getting along pretty well, as I learn new languages too. All I can say is that it’s the place to be for a start to success.

What does it feel like being Miss Victoria University?

Oh! Well, I should say, I feel like a Queen already and this is such a good feeling because I know people are expecting a lot from me, which I’m ready to give as well.

What inspired you to join Miss Victoria University?

During my time in high school, I always told my friends that I wanted to become Miss Uganda and that one day they would see me among the contestants. I wasn’t really serious about it but I had it in mind.

My friends always said that I would need to go to the gym for like a year in order for me to contest and we always just ended up laughing it off. But when the pageant came up, students of the university told me to contest but I was scared, I had never done such a thing.

Though I liked things like that (pageants), I didn’t think I would see myself contest. Everyone around me saw the potential in me and I ended up in the contest. Now that I was already in, I knew there was no turning back, I had to make everyone that believed in me proud, so that pushed me to do all that I could.

What have you learned from Miss Victoria University competition?

I’ve learned not to undermine any single thought or dream in life because it could be your start off point to success. I’ve learned not to let anyone discourage me for as long as I have the potential to do something.

How is Miss Victoria University changing your life?

Being Miss Victoria University, I’m more like a leader now. I’ve always been the down to earth type of girl but now almost the whole country has read about me in the news papers. I’ve met different people now, people I didn’t ever think I’d meet in my life, so its such a big change in my life.

Is your family supportive of your decision to participate in a beauty pageant?

Oh yes! My parents are my biggest push in this. My dad always helps me out in case I have to talk to a group of people. He is not in the country but that’s how supportive he is.

My mum too, always around to make sure I look good and to ensure that people get the best and most out of me. My siblings as well, everyone in my family is really supportive about it.

As Miss Victoria University, What do you intend to achieve as a person and for the university?

I intend to better myself as a woman and as an individual, to take up any opportunity that comes my way because being Miss Victoria University has opened doors for me. I’m obviously the face of the University now and so I plan to take it to another level, encourage other vacists to join me.

How do you plan to manage time between reading books and performing your role as Miss Victoria University?

As they say, there’s always time for everything, if I’m needed in class for a lecture, I’ll always be there and I’ll also serve my duties as Miss Victoria.

What would be your priority objectives that you would want to achieve during your reign as Miss Victoria University?

My first priority would be to let the females in the university stand out and be able to speak up. I would also want to be able to forward students' problems, issues and concerns to the administrators for a better stay at the University.


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