University students advised to maximize life at campus for career success

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Uganda is a paradox of poverty amidst plenty. The crisis of youth unemployment and the social dysfunction of university graduates reveals critical gaps in the nature of the education they receive. Most universities tend to exclusively focus on the technical content of the academic disciplines they offer, completely neglecting aspects of personal development that are essential in making an individual fully human and productively functional in society. The existing academic models severely fall short of providing the holistic education required to groom responsible young adults who combine professional competence, self-mastery, and human values.

As a solution to this problem, Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi organized a three-day National Pre-University Camp from Sunday 28th – 31 July 2019 at the Main campus Nkozi for all young people preparing to enroll for studies at any university in Uganda under the theme; Maximizing campus for career success: Growing In, Growing Up, Growing Out.

While closing the Camp, Uganda Martyrs University Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Prof. John Chrysostom Maviiri has advised participants to maximize their time at the campus and use it diligently to achieve their dreams.

In these three days, I understand you have known your capacity as a student, please don’t lose focus. Only maintain good friends that can add value to your career dreams and pursue them until you reach your goals, he advised.

The lead facilitator of this Pre- University Camp who is also the President of the Uganda Martyrs University Alumni Association (UMUAA), Ambrose Kibuuka Mukiibi explained that the Camp’s ultimate objective was to effectively prepare these youth to maximize their time at university by developing and following a well-thought-out Personal Development Agenda.

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He added that Pre-University Camp participants have been trained to develop insights for strategic career positioning and how to take advantage of every opportunity while still at university.

Kibuuka said, “Each of them has been helped to develop a Personal Career Vision and an Action Agenda to guide their lifestyle while at university. With this, they will develop personal attributes that enable them to achieve their worthwhile dreams and those of their communities.”

The facilitators of this three-day Pre-University Camp employed an Experiential Learning approach which was highly engaging, challenging, inspiring, collaborative, entertaining, deeply reflective, hands-on and personal. The camp was organized as a joint initiative between the University (UMU) and the Alumni Association (UMUAA) with technical support from the Institute of Advanced Leadership.

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