2,248 graduate from IUIU

A total of 2,248 students have graduated from the Islamic University In Uganda (IUIU) Mbale.

At least 49% of the graduands were female, a percentage that the university’s rector Dr Ahmed Kaweesa Ssengendo said showcases the university’s contribution to the education of the girl-child.

Some 147 students graduated with first class degrees, the best of them being Abdurahman Mahad, Bachelor of Islamic Studies and Arabic Language who scored a CGPA of 4.97. He was awarded with the Prince Badru Kakungulu award.

State Minister for Higher Education Dr JC Muyingo (3rd Left) chats with IUIU rector Dr Ahmed Ssengendo (C) before the academic procession

Others who received awards were, Khasim Lukwago, Bachelor of Public Administration, and Uzaifa Lutalo, Bachelor of Arts in Education.

Ssengendo said the best students would be retained by the university and supported for postgraduate studies.

The chairman of the IUIU council Dr AbdulAziiz Al-Sebail applauded the government of Uganda for finally agreeing to guarantee the $13.7m (Shs 50.7bn) grant from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) to facilitate the teaching of science at the university.


Female students celebrate after being graduated

With the money, Al-Sebail said, IUIU is going to add the Faculty of Technology and Engineering at the main campus in Mbale with a number of disciplines that have already approved by the National Council for Higher Education.

Other science disciplines with a bias in medical sciences will be offered at the university’s Habib Medical School at the Kibuli based Kampala campus.

The IDB has also given the university funds for endowment project at Nsambya near Kampala. The project will have apartments and a shopping mall.

An excited female graduand takes a selfie

Besides the IDB funding, the university has also received financial support from the governments of Nigeria, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.