Mbale, 9 Jumadil Awal 1434/21 March 2013 (MINA) – The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu called on universities in the OIC Member States to improve their quality of education and enhance Resources & Development in order to compete with world class universities.
The Secretary General made the call in a statement delivered at the 20th Graduation Ceremony of the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) held in Mbale, Uganda on 16 March 2013. The Secretary General further congratulated the graduates and advised them to continue to upgrade their knowledge and skills and keep abreast with the rapid technological advances in order to ensure continued progress in their lives.
The colorful ceremony, which coincided with the Silver Jubilee cerebrations of IUIU and the 50th anniversary of Uganda’s independence, attracted thousands of guests from the East African region as well as from countries as far as Nigeria in West Africa. The ceremony was also addressed by several officials who paid glowing tribute to the Secretary General of the OIC for his personal commitment to the promotion of higher education, science and technology among OIC Member States and for his unwavering support for the Islamic University in Uganda. Under the Secretary General’s patronage, the University has registered tremendous achievements ranging from increased academic programs to enhanced modern infrastructure development.
IUIU which started off with only 88 students in 1988 now boasts of over 8,000 students with six Faculties as opposed to only two Faculties at its inception. It has further expanded to other parts of the country by establishing three campuses in addition to the main campus in Mable, according to official web of OIC quoted by Mi’raj News Agency (MINA).
At this year’s graduation ceremony, a total of 1,856 students were presented with various awards. 55 % of them (1,022) were males while 45 percent (834) were females. (T/P02)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)