Makerere University celebrated the graduation of 613 students under the Uganda Business and Technical Examination Board (UBTEB), who received diplomas and certificates in various disciplines. The Centre for Life Long Learning (CLL) in the College of Education and External Studies hosted the fifth graduation ceremony at the Makerere University CTF2 Auditorium on February 3.
Anthony Mugagga, the College of Education principal, explained that CLL serves individuals who may not have entered mainstream university education but can pursue diplomas or certificates in vocational and technical education, examined and certified by UBTEB. The initiative aligns with the government’s call to promote science education and achieve SDG4, education for all.
Mugagga highlighted the importance of bridging the educational gap, especially for girls in rural areas, who may not excel at A-level but can utilize diplomas as a stepping stone to pursue degrees later. Emphasizing the practical aspect, he noted that skills acquired through UBTEB certificates and diplomas are directly applicable in various fields.
The deputy executive secretary at UBTEB, Geofrey Kawanguzi, commended Makerere University for its partnership since 2011, accrediting the university as an examination center for technical and vocational certificates and diploma programs. He emphasized UBTEB’s focus on real-life projects and practical examinations, providing learners with hands-on skills advantageous in the job market.
Moses Wanda, a former councillor for Jinja Municipality and one of the graduands, praised UBTEB for enabling individuals to become professionals even if they missed the opportunity to attain degrees.