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PHOTOS: Celebrations As Victoria University Holds 3rd Graduation Ceremony

Each passing year Victoria University is growing bigger and stronger ever since businessman Sudhir Ruparelia bought it from a UK based educational conglomerate. From running a single faculty, the University has since rolled three other faculties, expanding their curriculum scope.

And last Friday, Victoria University hosted graduating students, parents, the media and stakeholders in the education sector at its third graduation ceremoney which took place at Kabira Country Club ballroom.

Over 40 students graduated with degrees, diplomas and certificates. The theme of the graduation ceremony was ‘transformational Education in the 21st Century’. We bring all the days action in the photos below. 

 

University Kicks Off Semester With Freshers Ball

One of the oldest tradition for universities world over is throwing a freshers party to welcome new students and old students from the long holidays. It is a party that officially kicks off life at University and the academic year. 

And last Saturday at Kampala Parents’ School, students at Victoria University kicked off their academic journey at the Jinja Road based University with a sumptuous freshers ball organized by students and guild leadership. 

As expected of any social event organized for young people, Victoria University freshers ball was full of dance, karaoke, singing competitions, food and cake cutting. This was made complete by a series of performances by student entertainers from Congo and South Sudan.

As one of the top universities in Uganda, Victoria University stands out as a pivot of academic excellence in the heart of the city offering fresh and an intellectually thriving environment that nurtures critical and progressive thinkers thus pushing the pedagogical boundaries.

The University offers a wide range of programmes that are tailor-made for the market. It fosters and encourages innovation and creativity through research under 4 faculties of Health Sciences, Business and Management, Science and Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Victoria University To Hold Third Graduation

Victoria University in Kampala will hold its third graduation ceremony on Friday 7 September 2018 at Kabira Country Club from 8am to 12:30pm under the theme ‘transformational Education in the 21st Century’. The graduation will see the triumphant students receive degrees, diplomas and certificates in different professional fields.

“Victoria University would like to congratulate all of the 2018 graduates on making it to the finish line. We expect to see all our graduates in their finery for the ceremony,” a felicitous message from the University stated.

The University has four faculties - faculty of Health Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Technology and Business and Management. Each faculty has an assortment of degree, diploma and certificate courses.

At this occasion the graduates will receive their awards before the university council, University’s promoters, senate, parents, invited guests and staff of the university. The event will be attended by invited dignitaries including ambassadors, Chief Executive Officers, top businessmen among others.

As one of the top universities in Uganda, Victoria University stands out as a pivot of academic excellence in the heart of the city offering fresh and an intellectually thriving environment that nurtures critical and progressive thinkers thus pushing the pedagogical boundaries.

The University offers a wide range of programmes that are tailor-made for the market. It fosters and encourages innovation and creativity through research under 4 faculties of Health Sciences, Business and Management, Science and Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Rajiv Ruparelia Donates To PWDs At Skills Expo

Rajiv Ruparelia, the managing Director of Crane Management Services (CMS), a subsidiary of Ruparelia Group, dug into his generous pockets and donated gifts worth millions to to People with Disabilities at the Skills and Talent Expo 2018.

The expo organised by Rena Community Development Association took placeon Thursday at Mengo Senior School, in Kampala. The event attracted participants from Kampala and Wakiso districts.

The expo according to Twaha Katende, the executive director of Rena Community Development, the expo which is held annually aims at finding a solution to the problems faced by PWDs. He said this year’s theme was to achieve self-reliance and better livelihoods.

In his speech, Rajiv Ruparelia, called upon the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development to come up with capacity building programmes that can help the disabled acquire skills and meet their desirable goals in future.

“As Ruparelia group, we have been at the fore front of working closely with the disabled. That’s why in all our buildings, we have decided to set up some places where these people can work,” he said.

He said these facilities were accessible at Kampala Boulevard Building, Hardware City, Market Plaza and Kingdom Kampala.

Rajiv Ruparelia funded over 60% of the budget for this year’s PWDs annual expo also called upon the members to work together for the benefit of their association.  He also reminded them that disability is not inability.

What You Need To Know About Royal Ascot Goat Races

This Saturday, 25th August, all roads lead to Speke Resort Munyonyo for the return of the much acclaimed Royal Ascot Goat Races after a six year lull. The Royal Ascot Goat Races, which was last held in 2012, was the most popular event on Uganda’s social calendar.

This year’s event, according to Sheen Ruparelia, one of the organizers, will bring that amazing experience back with fun-filled activities everyone can participate in. The goat races will entail six races over the course of the day, with each race featuring 10 goats. Many Prizes will be won by revelers.

“Our focus is on the races and activities around that, but there will be hospitality tents available, a food court with up to 10 types of cuisines; a beer garden, cocktail and champagne bars, sport games, silent disco areas, and chill-out lounges,” she said.

First ever goat races

The Royal Ascot Goat Races, held at the Speke Resort on the shores of Lake Victoria, have been an annual Kampala tradition since 1993. During those years, Kampala’s A-listers have been living a life of luxury and merry as the goats raced until it went into a sabbatical in 2012.

This probably explains the excitement surrounding the social event’s return on Saturday.      

Big on fashion

The most iconic thing about the goat races is fashion. The goat races have always been about fashion and glamour. And this year, the event will be big on fashion without diverting from the main purpose of the races, Sheena Ruparelia said.

“This day is still going to be big on fashion. We have a competition for the best dressed individuals, best hats and couple. We look forward to seeing all those beautiful outfits.

A panel of judges will be walking around with lots of great prizes. We will also have the hospitality tents and activity tents with sports games, silent disco, chill out lounges and of course the kids area.” she added.

Networking

The Royal Ascot Goat Races is a place to network, make new friends and bump into those you have not seen in a long time. Since it is a corporate event, it is a place where you can land onto a life changing opportunity or deal.

Music, drinks and a good life

The Goat Races round this time have a few interesting additions such as the silent disco, chopper rides, helicopter flyovers and fire works. Expect action packed races, competitions with big prizes to be won, food and drink outlets and a wide variety of other entertainment for both adults and children including an aerobatic display, fireworks display & evening entertainment.

Goats actually race

Sheena Rupparelia during the launch of the foat races last month at Speke Apartments said that the goat races will stay true to itself - the actual goat races - with a lot of fun and engagement.

The goat races will entail six races over the course of the day, with each race featuring 10 goats. You can bet on which goat will win a race and win cash and other prizes. 

Giving back to community

Over the years, a percentage of the proceeds from The Royal Ascot Goat Races has been distributed to benefit a section of the underprivileged community. And this year, continuing with their social responsibility tradition, The Royal Ascot Goat Races will once again give back to society, with Totos Tag Rugby and Outreach programme being this year’s beneficiaries, Naiya Rajiv, one of the organizers said.

Under the Totos Tag Rugby programme 250 children train at the Kyadondo Rugby Club every weekend. Toto’s Tag Rugby has been instrumental in rugby development in the country. Many of the national team players have gone through this programme.

Proceeds From Royal Ascot Goat Races To Benefit Tag Rugby

The Royal Ascot Goat Races, continuing with their social responsibility tradition, will once again give back to society, with Totos Tag Rugby and Outreach programme being this year’s beneficiaries, the organizers have confirmed.

Under the Totos Tag Rugby programme 250 children train at the Kyadondo Rugby Club every weekend. Toto’s Tag Rugby has been instrumental in rugby development in the country. Many of the national team players have gone through this programme.

The Royal Ascot Goat Races, which was last held in 2012, will be happening on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at its customary venue of Speke Resort, Munyonyo. Tickets to the Goat Races will go for Shs50,000.

“The Goat Races were easily the most popular event on Uganda’s social calendar for all the time they were held, so we wanted to bring that amazing experience back with fun-filled activities everyone can participate in,” said Sheena Ruparelia, the event coordinator, at the relaunch press conference last month.

“Our focus is on the races and activities around that, but there will be hospitality tents available, a food court with up to 10 types of cuisines; a beer garden, cocktail and champagne bars, sport games, silent disco areas, and chill-out lounges,” she added.

The goat races will entail six races over the course of the day, with each race featuring 10 goats. Anyone can sponsor a race, or buy a goat to participate in a race. The proceeds generated from the races will then go to a selected charity.

KISU Hosts Giants Of Africa Basketball Camp

On Monday, representatives of Giant of Africa, camped at Kampala International School (KISU) for a three day basketball clinic. The continental non profit organization uses basketball to educate and enrich the lives of Africa Youth.

Giants of Africa also trains coaches who hone their skills by working with top international coaches.

The Giants of Africa team took the youngsters through motivational speech before training sessions in shooting, better ball movement, and proper spacing among others.Federation of Uganda basketball Association President Ambrose Tashobya  said the clinic provided a big opportunity for the kids.

“It’s a great opportunity for the young ones. It can change them to better humans as they are now Learning from the best. We believe that these three days will leave a lasting impression to the young ones. We have able players to make it to the professional level anywhere.”

Before the left the country for Nigeria where they will have a similar clinic, the Giants of Africa were hosted to a dinner by the Ruparelia Foundation which is the philanthropic arm of Ruparelia Group which owns KISU.

Giants of Africa aims to provide quality facilities, coaching and instruction while enhancing the growth of the game of basketball within Africa. Founded in 2004 by Masai Ujiri, Giants of Africa wants to develop a program that will enable them to make coaches better and to help youth have a better foundation and grass roots system.

#GoatRacesKla: Speke Resort Offers Discounts On Accommodation

Speke Resort Munyonyo has announced big accommodation discounts during the weekend of The Royal Ascot Goat Races. This, the hotel said is to enable their clients enjoy the goat races and ‘enter a world filled with all the fun & unforgettable experience’.

While the goat races will happen on 25th August, the goat races weekend offer starts on 24th and runs till 26th August. This means you check in a day earlier to prepare for the goat races and leave a day later after the fun filled event.

“The Goat Races were easily the most popular event on Uganda’s social calendar for all the time they were held, so we wanted to bring that amazing experience back with fun-filled activities everyone can participate in,” said Sheena Ruparelia, the event coordinator, said at the launch of the event recently.

“Our focus is on the races and activities around that, but there will be hospitality tents available, a food court with up to 10 types of cuisines; a beer garden, cocktail and champagne bars, sport games, silent disco areas, and chill-out lounges,” she added.

“We are excited about the return of the Goat Races, which we consider the social event any fun-loving person would look forward to the most in Uganda. We jumped at the opportunity to partner with the Goat Races because no fun event of this kind is complete without Tusker Malt. We want guys to really make the most of it,” said Grace Namutebi, Brand Manager, Premium Beers at Uganda Breweries.

The goat races will entail six races over the course of the day, with each race featuring 10 goats. Anyone can sponsor a race, or buy a goat to participate in a race. The proceeds generated from the races will then go to a selected charity. Tickets to the Goat Races will go for Shs50,000, with early bird offers, and special discount days also planned, where one can get a ticket for as low as Shs30,000.

Continuing with their social responsibility tradition, the goat races will once again give back to society, with Totos Tag Rugby and Outreach programme being this year’s beneficiaries. Under the programme 250 children train at the Kyadondo Rugby Club every weekend.

SoccerFest Competition To Promote Talent

For the 3rd year running, Victoria University is organizing its annual edition of Victoria University SoccerFest which aims at bringing together youths in their Senior Six and Senior Four vacations, whilst promoting and identifying talent in the sport for future participation at the university level.

“The extended period of time during vacation for Senior Four and Senior Six leavers can often find them idle, however through SoccerFest they can actively participate in a fun-filled, life shaping competition,” the University said. “Participants will stand a chance to win awards and accolades for winning team, runners up and outstanding individual performances highlighted during the tournament,”

First aid and medical services will be on standby at SoccerFest which will be held at Kampala Parents School sports arena. Last year, the University partnered with Federation of Students Football Association (FESFA) and Soccernet Uganda.

Students from St. Mary’s College Kisubi, Kings College Budo, Turkish Light Academy, Greenhill Academy, Makerere College school, St.Henry’s College Kitovu and Uganda Marty’s Secondary School Namugongo. A select team from different schools also participated in the gala.

The University is yet to announce which schools will participate in this year’s event which will take place on 14th July, 2018 at Kampala Parents School.

Goat Races Will Be Big On Fashion - Organizers

This year’s Royal Ascot Goat Races which were recently launched after a sabbatical will be big on fashion and entertainment, without diverting from the main purpose of the races, Sheena Ruparelia, one of the lead organizers said.

“So many events have come and gone but there is nothing like the goat races that captured our hearts. We are excited. Preparations are underway. Our aim is that the goat races stays true to itself - the actual goat races,” Sheena said at the launch which was recently held at Speke Apartments.

“This day is still going to be big on fashion. We have a competition for the best dressed individuals, best hats and couple. We look forward to seeing all those beautiful outfits.

A panel of judges will be walking around with lots of great prizes. We will also have the hospitality tents and activity tents with sports games, silent disco, chillout lounges and of course the kids area.” she added.

She said there will be a total of six races, each race will have ten goats. Individuals or corporate companies can either sponsor a race or buy a goat. The Royal Ascot Goat Races, held at the Speke Resort on the shores of Lake Victoria, have been an annual Kampala tradition since 1993.

The Goat Races round this time have a few interesting additions such as the silent disco, chopper rides, helicopter flyovers and fire works. This year's Goat races will entail six races over the course of the day, with each race featuring 10 goats.

According to Naiya Ruparelia, proceeds from the event will be directed at kids who play tag rugby at Kyadondo Rugby Club but come from underprivileged homes and backgrounds.

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