University Deans, Student leaders call for increased funding for research and innovation
The Deans of Students and Guild Leaders from Different Universities have asked the Government to increase funding for innovation and research which can help to reduce unemployment in the country.
The Call was made during the 15th Annual Conference of Students and Guild Leaders held at Kabale University in Kabale Municipality.
The Guild President Mountains of the Moon University in Fort Portal, Owen Mukonyezi and Ms. Hibah Asiimwe, the Guild President Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) blamed the unemployment crisis on some academic courses that are no longer relevant to the job sector.
Deans of Students and student leaders pose for a group photo with the Vice Chancellor Prof. Joy Kwesiga after the Official Opening of the 7th Annual Deans Conference.
They asked the Government to promote innovation and practical courses that prepare students for immediate employment after graduation.
While addressing the press at the sidelines of the conference, the Kabale University Dean of Students, Amos Tukamushaba said the rate of unemployment especially among the youths can be tackled if the Government increases funding for innovation programs in the higher institutions of learning.
While giving a Keynote address at the conference, the Kabale University Vice Chancellor Prof. Joy Constance Kwesiga encouraged young people to go for short courses in technical skills in order to align themselves for self-employment.
This 3-day conference was held under the theme: “University Students’ leadership and employment in the 21st century” with the aim of sharpening the leadership skills of these strategic University Managers.