The late Prof. William Senteza Kajubi, a two-time Vice Chancellor, was praised by the United States Ambassador to Uganda, William W. Popp, and Makerere University professors for his significant contributions to the education sector.
The appreciation took place during the 4th Fulbright memorial lecture on November 7, 2023, at Makerere University. The event, held in memory of Prof. Kajubi, focused on “Uganda’s Higher Education in the Digital Age: Navigating the future through technological advancements.”
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, described Prof. Kajubi as the father of the education sector, emphasizing his legacy of advocating for equal access to quality education.
Prof. Nawangwe commended the late scholar’s dedication to national progress and his commitment to developing the education system. Prof. Kajubi’s notable achievements include being the architect of Universal Primary Education (UPE) and Universal Secondary Education (USE), ensuring education access for all children.
The U.S. Ambassador, H.E. William Popp, expressed admiration for Prof. Kajubi’s leadership, unity, and resilience. He highlighted the late scholar’s role as one of the first Africans to benefit from the Fulbright program in 1952, acknowledging the program’s continued support for change-makers.
Prof. Nawangwe discussed Makerere University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, emphasizing the adoption of digital technology through blended learning. He also stressed the university’s commitment to research aimed at alleviating poverty in Uganda.
The Vice Chancellor encouraged stakeholders to use available resources to drive positive change in their communities. He emphasized the importance of addressing challenges such as climate change, youth unemployment, and good governance.
H.E. William Popp praised Makerere’s collaboration with U.S. institutions and pledged ongoing support for the university. Prof. Anthony Muwagga Mugagga, Principal of the College of Education and External Studies, called for teachers to incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) in their teaching, inspired by Prof. Kajubi’s contributions to education over nearly 30 years.
In closing, the moderator of the panel discussion, Dr. David Kabugo, along with panelists, acknowledged Prof. Kajubi as a beacon of hope and progress in education. They recognized his unwavering dedication and indomitable spirit, considering him an inspiration for the education community.