- 16th GRADUATION SPEECHES

 
   

 

UGANDA MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE

                             

  “Empowering you to Excel”

 

16th GRADUATION CEREMONY

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPEECH

BY

  1. JAMES L NKATA

DIRECTOR GENERAL-UMI

 

           

 

 

 

11TH MAY 2018, UMI MBALE BRANCH

 ADDRESS BY THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF UMI, DR JAMES L. NKATA DURING THE 16TH GRADUATION CEREMONY HELD ON 11TH MAY 2018

 

The Hon. Minister of Information, Communication and Technology

The Chancellor of Uganda Management Institute

Honorable Members of Parliament present

Chairperson and Members of UMI Governing Council

District Chairpersons

Chief Administrative Officers

Vice Chancellors and Heads of Other Institutions

Distinguished Guests in your respective capacities

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

I bring you warm greetings from Management and Staff of Uganda Management Institute at this 16th Graduation Ceremony.

Madam Chancellor and the Chief Guest, It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to our 16th Graduation Ceremony. Allow me Madam Chancellor

to welcome in a special way our Chief Guest, the Minister of Information, Communication and Technology.

 

Madam Chancellor, our mission to reach out to the whole of this country and to provide the much desired skills and expertise to the work force of this

country is only quenched when we reach out to branches like here in Mbale and we have graduands prepared with skills of today’s challenge.

We as an institute Madam Chancellor are not offering knowledge and degrees and diplomas for one to fill their cabinet with certificates, we are empowering a

workforce with the skills and expertise to ask “why”, find solutions to problems, become leaders in their various sectors

and be able to push the boundaries of achievement.

 

Madam Chancellor, in this graduation trail, I have mentioned the second phase of our estates master plan, Mbale is at the very heart of this journey.

We are almost concluding the first phase with a state of the art classroom and administration block in Kampala and a completed home in Gulu.

Our second phase will among others have a grand multipurpose 14 storey complex in Kampala, expand our facilities in Gulu and most importantly build a new home here in Mbale.

We are in advanced stages of acquiring land here in Mbale, thanks to the District and Municipal governments.

I promise the Mbale community that you will have a beautiful piece of architecture that UMI will call home no sooner than the process is complete.

 

Madam Chancellor I would like to encourage the local elite in this region to make use of our presence in Mbale. Please make time to come and enhance your skills,

earn your Masters’ degree or Postgraduate Diploma while you work here in Mbale, and you are lucky to do it with an Institute of great repute, we are here.

The civil society, NGOs and public agencies here in Mbale I implore you to make use of our horned and polished consultancy and research skills,

you can hardly get better elsewhere.

Come to us, let us conceive the projects together and help you roll them out. We have the capacity to help Ministries, Departments

and Agencies to monitor and evaluate the projects you roll out and we are here to help you deliver.

 

Madam Chancellor and our Chief Guest, I would like to highlight our center for professional courses which continues to be a trail blazer at the Institute and internationally.

I encourage the graduands here to make use of the center. We run professional programs such as Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). UMI is now one of the best performing accredited

study Centre for professional trainings in East and Central Africa. The Institute has of recent received 20 commendation letters from

the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM-UK). UMI has been accredited to teach digital diploma in professional marketing by the CIM-UK in addition to CILT-UK.

These are critical areas that promote accountability and reduce corruption especially in the procurement areas.

 

Madam Chancellor and Chief Guest in this graduation cycle UMI has graduated her first PhD graduands. We request everybody to join us celebrate this

remarkable achievement.

 

Madam Chancellor, today we graduate 271 graduands, out of which 171 are males and 100 are females who have satisfied the requirements

for the award of Masters Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Ordinary Diplomas.

 

I specifically would like to reach out to Mbale to join the PhD program and deliver the next cohort of PhDs. We have opened our masters programmes in our various

branches and I encourage the lot graduating here today to return and pursue their research for your Master’s degrees.

 

Madam Chancellor and our Chief Guest, here today allow me to emphasize the aspect of Community Social Responsibility being part of training menu,

we have offered to these graduands. Madam Chancellor, Our Chief Guest, invited guests and our most esteemed graduands,

a society that lacks the virtues and values of community is heartless and corrupt. It is our ultimate mission as an Institute to not only

impart management skills but equip our participants with a sense of responsibility to the communities where they live, grew up and serve.

It is the Philosophy that UMI imparts in the participants that move out of its gates.

 

UMI aspires to promote the aspect of community service in most of our trainings. We hope this new approach to our training will contribute to

the development of a concept of community and community service.

 

This second yet related subject of my speech today is the value of soft skills  Madam Chancellor and Our Chief Guest, as an Institute we have taken a

deliberate mission to focus these graduands here on the values and importance of soft skills in their day to day lives. Among the most enduring soft skills are:

  • Strong work ethics and accountability
  • Communication skills
  • Creative problem solving
  • Time management
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Branding and Marketing

 

As the nation gears itself for the middle income status it is paramount that our human resource is equipped to meet the challenges of a faster

more inquisitive world. It is to this end that the Institute offers expertise to skill the nation’s workforce with the required both hard and soft skills.

                                                                                                                                                                                

Challenges.

Madam Chancellor and our Chief Guest despite our successes, the Institute has had some challenges namely:

Lack of space for training and other services. Our programs are growing in popularity by the day. We have been forced to shelve some highly demanded

programs and also take on a few applicants due to lack of training space. This explains why we are fast tracking the infrastructure development.

 

Graduands

I wish to congratulate all of the graduands upon this major achievement and wish them well in their careers as they apply their newly acquired

skills, knowledge and competencies.

This major achievement which necessitated you to sacrifice your valuable time to do the various activities and the knowledge you have

gained at UMI will not only benefit you as individuals but your organizations and this country as a whole. The successes in development

of this country now lie in your hands.  Remember UMI Alumni are never in second places.  They always excel and struggle to be in the driver’s

seat all the time and remain in them.  Go out and demonstrate positively that you have been at UMI. From today you are alumni of UMI and we expect you to

contribute to the development of this Institute. Go out and be ambassador of this Institute.

 

To those who have passed the postgraduate programs with second lower class and above will be given provisional admissions for

Masters in Management Studies.  You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Allow me to thank you Madam Chancellor, Chairperson and Members of the Governing Council, my fellow members of staff for the tireless efforts

you have exerted to make sure that the Institute keeps running.  Your spirit of team work cannot go unrecognized.

I wish all Graduands a joyous day and a prosperous future as you hold the flag of UMI high up in the sky.

 

For God and My Country.

 Dr. James L Nkata

DIRECTOR GENERAL

May 11th 2018

 
 
 
   

 

UGANDA MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE

                             

  “Empowering you to Excel”

 

16th GRADUATION CEREMONY

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPEECH

BY

  1. JAMES L NKATA

DIRECTOR GENERAL-UMI

 

              

4TH MAY 2018, UMI GULU BRANCH

 

ADDRESS BY THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF UMI, DR JAMES L. NKATA DURING THE 16TH GRADUATION CEREMONY HELD ON 4TH MAY 2018

 

The Hon. Government Chief Whip

The Chancellor of Uganda Management Institute

Honorable Members of Parliament present

Chairperson and Members of UMI Governing Council

District Chairpersons

Chief Administrative Officers

Vice Chancellors and Heads of Other Institutions

Distinguished Guests in your respective capacities

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

I bring you warm greetings from Management and Staff of Uganda Management Institute at this 16th Graduation Ceremony.

 

Madam Chancellor and the Chief Guest, It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to our 16th Graduation Ceremony.

Allow me Madam Chancellor to welcome in a special way our Chief Guest, the Government Chief Whip. We would also like to thank our

Chief Guest in Kampala His Excellence the President who unveiled our second Master Estates Development Plan. The Institute designed a 30 year Master

Estates Development Plan ten years ago and am happy to report that the first phase is almost complete with the completion of our new structure.

The Institute contributed UGX12.036 billion and Government through the Ministry of Education and Sports contributed UGX 7.2 billion under the facility

from African Development Bank (AfDB). The Second phase is starting and will cost about UGX 65 billion.  

This multipurpose complex 14 floors modern building will include lecture theaters, lecture and training rooms, seminar rooms, conference rooms and facilities,

management clinic rooms, digital library, accommodation, recreation facilities, studios and offices. In addition the building will accommodate the graduation

and functions amphitheater and parking space of 400 cars.

 

Madam Chancellor and our Chief Guest, I would like to highlight our center for professional courses which continues to be a trail blazer at the Institute and internationally.

I encourage the graduands here to make use of the center. We run professional programs such as Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS)

Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). UMI is now one of the best performing accredited study

Centre for professional trainings in East and Central Africa. The Institute has of recent received 20 commendation letters from the

Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM-UK). UMI has been accredited to teach digital diploma in professional marketing by the CIM-UK in addition to CILT-UK.

These are critical areas that promote accountability and reduce corruption especially in the procurement areas.

 

Madam Chancellor and our Chief Guest, UMI is in a process of becoming an ISO (9001:2015) certified Institute by the end of the next financial year.

This will require the Institute to align its quality frameworks and operations to the internationally accepted Standards.

The Institute will be subjected to periodical quality audit by International Quality Auditors for purpose of ensuring compliance to the acceptable international standards.

This will position UMI to a world class MDI level. UMI will be the first higher education institution to be ISO certified in this country.

I thank both UMI and the International experts for the good work so far done.

 

Madam Chancellor and our Chief Guest, to be able to deliver on our services as per our mandate UMI restructured into four main schools with specific mandates. These are:

The School of Civil Service, Public Administration and Governance specifically mandated to carry on and continue with the original functions of IPA.

This school is doing a commendable job in building capacity for the public sector and many of the public sector graduands today are from this School. 

The School also conducts short and tailor made courses that suit the needs of the people and government departments.   

It is not true that UMI is no longer playing her original role as alleged by some people.  We are still solid National Management Training Institute.

 

The School of Business Management mandated to build capacity for the private and NGO sectors and is the largest school.

Most of the managers of our private sector organization and NGOs in this country have gone through this school.

 

The School of Management Sciences mandated to conduct Masters and PhD programs as well as promoting graduate research.

 

The School of Distance Learning and ICT mandated to conduct online programs for distance learners. It also promotes the integration of ICT in management.

 

In addition to the Schools, we are running three regional branches. Our language has changed, we are building towards fully autonomous branches and

I am here to declare, Gulu is no longer a center but a branch of UMI fully accredited by the National council for higher Education to

offer the awards for which you are graduating here today. Our other branches are, Mbarara and Mbale. We have fully established a home

in Gulu and we thank the Gulu District Administration for offering us land where we have constructed this structure and we are continuing to develop this our home.

 

Madam Chancellor and Chief Guest in this graduation cycle UMI has graduated her first PhD graduands. We request everybody to join us celebrate this

remarkable achievement. These graduands are unique in that they have undergone a rigorous training and practical orientation in their specialty.

These first PhD products in this Institute are distinguished Ugandans in our Public Sector and we pray that government takes advantage of their

expertise to boost our Public Service sector. We congratulate them and wish them the best.

 

Madam Chancellor, today we graduate 197 graduands, out of which 120 are males and 77 are females who have satisfied the requirements for the

award of Masters Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Ordinary Diplomas.

 

I specifically would like to reach out to Gulu to join the PhD program and deliver the next cohort of PhDs. We have opened our masters programmes in our various

branches and I encourage the lot graduating here today to return and pursue their research for your master’s degrees.

 

Madam Chancellor and our Chief Guest, here today allow me to emphasize the aspect of Community Social Responsibility being part of training menu,

we have offered to these graduands. Madam Chancellor, Our Chief Guest, invited guests and our most esteemed graduands, a society that lacks the virtues

and values of community is heartless and corrupt. It is our ultimate mission as an Institute to not only impart management skills but equip our

participants with a sense of responsibility to the communities where they live, grew up and serve. It is the Philosophy that UMI imparts in the

participants that move out of its gates.

 

UMI aspires to promote the aspect of community service in most of our trainings. We hope this new approach to our training will contribute

to the development of a concept of community and community service.

 

This second yet related subject of my speech today is the value of soft skills  Madam Chancellor and Our Chief Guest, as an Institute we have taken

a deliberate mission to focus these graduands here on the values and importance of soft skills in their day to day lives. Among the most enduring soft skills are:

  • Strong work ethics and accountability
  • Communication skills
  • Creative problem solving
  • Time management
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Branding and Marketing

 

As the nation gears itself for the middle income status it is paramount that our human resource is equipped to meet the challenges of a faster more

inquisitive world. It is to this end that the Institute offers expertise to skill the nation’s workforce with the required both hard and soft skills.

 

Madam Chancellor and Chief Guest, I am proud to report that UMI is strategically becoming a training Centre of repute in the East African region. We have:

  1. Staff development trainings: Twenty staff members are on post-graduate trainings, comprising of 5 Masters and 15 PhDs with a total cost
  2. of UGX. 2.1 billion. Of these, 45% are female and 55% are male and all are progressing well with their studies. In addition four staff have completed their PhD studies.
  3. We intend to achieve a target of 80% PhD holders of our training staff by 2020.

Allow me to present to you our staff who have recently graduated with PhDs from various Universities outside the Country.

Dr. Wahitu Fred

Dr. Kisitu Bruce

Dr. Kwatampora Ogutu Rose

Dr. Lwanga Namale Kawuma.

  1. Establishment of a Business Incubation Centre where young people with business ideas will be helped to incubate them into business innovations and business.
  2. A total of 80 students at UMI have benefitted from the merit based scholarships. Today we graduate the second lot of our students under
  3. these scholarships and some are here in this congregation.

 

 

CONSULTANCIES AND COLLABORATIONS

The Institute has continued to play its role as a key national and international provider of management capacity development training and consultancy services.

Over the last one year we have twelve collaborations that will enrich our quality of service and enlarge and embolden our footprint regionally and globally.

 

RESEARCH

Madam Chancellor, a University’s job is ultimately to add on the body of knowledge available at any one time and indeed

UMI is mandated as the higher institution of learning charged with enhancing skills of public servants, but also aligning the private sector

and civil society, with desirous skills to grow the country. May I report that in conjunction with the Cabinet Secretariat UMI is responsible for six (6) Policy briefs in this ending financial Year.

 

PARTNERSHIPS

In pursuit of regional presence, the following partnerships have been initiated by the Institute:

  1. Burundi’s National School of Public Administration:
  2. Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) -South Sudan:
  3. Office of the Prime Minister: The Institute has partnered with the Office of the Prime Minister, specifically on the Monitoring and Evaluation component
  4. of Government projects and programs

 

Challenges.

Madam Chancellor and our Chief Guest despite our successes, the Institute has had some challenges namely:

Lack of space for training and other services. Our programs are growing in popularity by the day. We have been forced to shelve some highly

demanded programs and also take on a few applicants due to lack of training space. This explains why we are fast tracking the infrastructure development.

For Gulu madam chancellor I am proud to report a “good problem”, we opened this facility ,our first home outside Kampala  a year ago, it is no longer

enough for the clientele in Gulu . We have embarked on a fresh project to provide more space for us to satisfy the demand here and our untiring effort

at providing both quality infrastructure and service is evidently appreciated in Gulu. And as UMI we say “Afoyo”.

 

Graduands

I wish to congratulate all of the graduands upon this major achievement and wish them well in their careers as they apply their newly acquired skills, knowledge and competencies.

 

This major achievement which necessitated you to sacrifice your valuable time to do the various activities and the knowledge you have

gained at UMI will not only benefit you as individuals but your organizations and this country as a whole. The successes in development of this

country now lie in your hands.  Remember UMI Alumni are never in second places.  They always excel and struggle to be in the driver’s seat all the

time and remain in them.  Go out and demonstrate positively that you have been at UMI. From today you are alumni of UMI and we expect you to contribute

to the development of this Institute. Go out and be ambassador of this Institute.

 

To those who have passed the postgraduate programs with second lower class and above will be given provisional admissions for Masters

in Management Studies.  You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

 

Allow me to thank you Madam Chancellor, Chairperson and Members of the Governing Council, my fellow members of staff for the tireless efforts you

have exerted to make sure that the Institute keeps running.  Your spirit of team work cannot go unrecognized.

 

I wish all Graduands a joyous day and a prosperous future as you hold the flag of UMI high up in the sky.

 

For God and My Country.

 

Dr. James L Nkata

DIRECTOR GENERAL

May 4th 2018

 

 
   

 

UGANDA MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE

                               “Empowering you to Excel”

 

16th GRADUATION CEREMONY

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPEECH

BY

  1. JAMES.L. NKATA

DIRECTOR GENERAL-UMI)

 

           

 

 

 

27TH APRIL 2018, UMI KAMPALA CENTRE

 

ADDRESS BY THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF UMI, DR JAMES L. NKATA DURING THE 16TH GRADUATION CEREMONY HELD ON 27TH APRIL 2018

Your Excellency the President of the Republic of Uganda and Visitor of Uganda Management Institute

The Hon. Minister for State for Primary Education representing the Minister of Education and Sports

The Chancellor of Uganda Management Institute

Hon Ministers present

Yours Excellences, Ambassadors and High Commissioners

The Head of Public Service

Chief of Defense Forces

Honorable Members of Parliament present

Permanent Secretaries present

Chairperson and Members of UMI Governing Council

District Chairpersons

Chief Administrative Officers

Vice Chancellors and Heads of Other Institutions

Distinguished Guests in your respective capacities

Ladies and Gentlemen

I bring you warm greetings from Management and Staff of Uganda Management Institute at this 16th Graduation Ceremony.

 

Madam Chancellor and the Chief Guest, Your Excellence the President of Uganda and the Visitor of this Institute, It is my pleasure and privilege to welcome you to our 16th Graduation Ceremony. Allow me Madam Chancellor to welcome in a special way our Chief Guest, His Excellence the President to this Institute. Our Chief Guest today, you will go into the history of this Institute as being the first Head of State of Uganda to come to this Institute. UMI has been in place as a Public Institute for the last fifty years and this is the first time a President of this country has presided over the graduation. We thank Your Excellence for giving this Institute and the function a privilege of hosting a Head of State.  We would also like to thank our Chief Guest to have accepted to unveil our second Master Estates Development Plan. The Institute designed a 30 year Master Estates Development Plan ten years ago and am happy to report that the first phase is almost complete with the completion of our new structure. The Institute contributed UGX12.036 billion and Government through the Ministry of Education and Sports contributed UGX 7.2 billion under the facility from African Development Bank (AfDB). The Second phase is starting and will cost about UGX 65 billion.  This multipurpose complex 14 floors modern building will include lecture theaters, lecture and training rooms, seminar rooms, conference rooms and facilities, management clinic rooms, digital library, accommodation, recreation facilities, studios and offices. In addition the building will accommodate the graduation and functions amphitheater and parking space of 400 cars.

Our Chief Guest, the Institute is committed to this venture and we seek your support. We are in a process of mobilizing UGX 10 billion to start off the project in the coming financial year. We intend to explore the Public-Private Partnership as one way of mobilizing resources. Our Chief Guest, in UMI we have a belief that you cannot have a solution for non-existent problem. We get into the problem and try to find solutions. Your Excellence UMI requests for a one time government capital investment into this project. Once achieved the Institute shall be able to better sustain itself for quite some time in addition to the current government support.  The facilities will increase the much needed space for our businesses to generate more resources.

 

Madam Chancellor and our Chief Guest allow me to welcome the Cabinet Ministers, the Head of Public Service, the Ambassadors and High Commissioners, Members of Parliament especially those who are our currents students, the Religious Leaders, the Chief of Defence Forces, the Commissioner General of Prisons, the Deputy Governor of Bank of Uganda, the Executive Director of Uganda Bureau of Statistics, the Clerk to Parliament and all our distinguished invited guests to this function. Thank you for honoring out invitation.

 

Madam Chancellor, as you are aware, UMI is a public other degree awarding Institution established by an Act of Parliament under the NRM government with sole mandate of providing education, training and research in public administration and management. It was transformed from former IPA with a wider mandate.  Our main business is to support the government and other organizations and countries in developing leadership, administration, management and governance capacities. We achieve this through providing the necessary knowledge, skills and experiences to both organizations and human resources. Madam Chancellor and our Chief Guest, we are proud of our continuing contribution to the development of strong public sector in Uganda for the last fifty years. We are also proud of the good performance of many organizations in this country that have benefited from our services.

 

Madam Chancellor, allow me to thank our Chief Guest for having spearheaded the process to creating a conducive environment that has enabled this institution to function without any interruptions. This explains the rapid growth of the Institute and the absence of disruptions and abuses in the Institute. We owe most of our successes to that environment. We also wish to register our appreciation of his efforts to enhance salaries of our lecturers, consultants and support staff. This has greatly motivated our employees and helped us to retain the most talented people in service of the Institute.

 

We thank the Minister of Education and Sports for her guidance and efforts to increase on the government financial support to the Institute. The Institute has now moved from the 3.5% to 14% of Government support to our annual budget. We hope with improvement of our economy the percentage will go up.

 

Madam Chancellor and our Chief Guest, in line with our mandate, UMI have trained the largest percentage of this country’s public servants and a big number of managers and administrators in the private and NGO sectors. We have helped many public and private sector organizations to build capacity for their service delivery. We feel we have made a contribution to some of the successes in both the public and private sectors our government has scored in the last 30 years. Madam Chancellor and our Chief Guest this Institute has been involved in transforming itself into a center of excellence in management capacity building in Africa. We have been involved in capacity building programs for many countries. In the recent past UMI was contracted to build capacity for the public sector in 31 countries and all the programs were conducted at this campus. The most notable ones are Permanent Secretaries, Directors and high lacking public servants of Southern Sudan (123), Somaliland(87), Ghana(78), Somalia Republic(50), Tanzania(45), Kenya(35), Mozambique(18), Afghanistan (17) Indonesia(10), Nepal(13), Ethiopia(7), Rwanda(7) and many others totaling to 530. We are continuing to attract many more international clients to our programs.  UMI has continued to be a center for training in procurement, logistics and marketing.  We run professional programs such as Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). UMI is now one of the best performing accredited study Centre for professional trainings in East and Central Africa. The Institute has of recent received 20 commendation letters from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM-UK). UMI has been accredited to teach digital diploma in professional marketing by the CIM-UK in addition to CILT-UK. These are critical areas that promote accountability and reduce corruption especially in the procurement areas.

 

Madam Chancellor and our Chief Guest, UMI is in a process of becoming an ISO (9001:2015) certified Institute by the end of the next financial year. This will require the Institute to align its quality frameworks and operations to the internationally accepted Standards. The Institute will be subjected to periodical quality audit by International Quality Auditors for purpose of ensuring compliance to the acceptable international standards. This will position UMI to a world class MDI level. UMI will be the first higher education institution to be ISO certified in this country. I thank both UMI and the International experts for the good work so far done.

 

Madam Chancellor and our Chief Guest, to be able to deliver on our services as per our mandate UMI restructured into four main schools with specific mandates. These are:

The School of Civil Service, Public Administration and Governance specifically mandated to carry on and continue with the original functions of IPA. This school is doing a commendable job in building capacity for the public sector and many of the public sector graduands today are from this School.  The School also conducts short and tailor made courses that suit the needs of the people and government departments.   It is not true that UMI is no longer playing her original role as alleged by some people.  We are still solid National Management Training Institute.

 

The School of Business Management mandated to build capacity for the private and NGO sectors and is the largest school. Most of the managers of our private sector organization and NGOs in this country have gone through this school.

 

The School of Management Sciences mandated to conduct Masters and PhD programs as well as promoting graduate research.

 

The School of Distance Learning and ICT mandated to conduct online programs for distance learners. It also promotes the integration of ICT in management.

 

In addition to the Schools, we are running three regional branches, namely Gulu, Mbarara and Mbale. We have fully established a home in Gulu and we thank the Gulu District Administration for offering us land where we have constructed a beautiful structure. We are still having challenges of acquiring land in Mbarara and Mbale.

 

Madam Chancellor and our Chief Guest allow me to report that these schools and branches are supported by several other units to deliver on their mandate.

 

Madam Chancellor and Chief Guest this day will be remembered in history as a day UMI graduated her first PhD graduands. We request everybody to join us celebrate this remarkable achievement. These graduands are unique in that they have undergone a rigorous training and practical orientation in their specialty. These first PhD products in this Institute are distinguished Ugandans in our Public Sector and we pray that government takes advantage of their expertise to boost our Public Service sector. We congratulate them and wish them the best.

 

In addition to the PhD graduation we are presenting to you 2,701 participants who have satisfied the requirements for the award of Masters Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Ordinary Diplomas.

 

Madam Chancellor and our Chief Guest, here today allow me to emphasize the aspect of Community Social Responsibility being part of training menu we have offered to these graduands. Your Excellency, Madam Chancellor, Hon Ministers, invited guests and our most esteemed graduands, a society that lacks the virtues and values of community is heartless and corrupt. It is our ultimate mission as an Institute to not only impart management skills but equip our participants with a sense of responsibility to the communities where they live, grew up and serve. It is the Philosophy that UMI imparts in the participants that move out of its gates.

 

UMI aspires to promote the aspect of community service in most of our trainings. We hope this new approach to our training will contribute to the development of a concept of community and community service.

 

This second yet related subject of my speech today is the value of soft skills  Madam Chancellor and Your Excellency, as an Institute we have taken a deliberate mission to focus these graduands here on the values and importance of soft skills in their day to day lives. Among the most enduring soft skills are:

  • Strong work ethics and accountability
  • Communication skills
  • Creative problem solving
  • Time management
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Branding and Marketing

 

As the nation gears itself for the middle income status it is paramount that our human resource is equipped to meet the challenges of a faster more inquisitive world. It is to this end that the Institute offers expertise to skill the nation’s workforce with the required both hard and soft skills.

 

Madam Chancellor and Your Excellence, I am proud to report that UMI is strategically becoming a training Centre of repute in the East African region. We have:

  1. Through the AFDB funding, the construction of the new UMI classroom 6 floors structure is progressing well. We thank the Government through the Ministry of Education and Sports for the support.
  2. Staff development trainings: Twenty staff members are on post-graduate trainings, comprising of 5 Masters and 15 PhDs with a total cost of UGX. 2.1 billion. Of these, 45% are female and 55% are male and all are progressing well with their studies. In addition four staff have completed their PhD studies. We intend to achieve a target of 80% PhD holders of our training staff by 2020.

Allow me to present to you our staff who have recently graduated with PhDs from various Universities outside the Country.

Dr. Wahitu Fred

Dr. Kisitu Bruce

Dr. Kwatampora Oguttu Rose

Dr. Lwanga Namale Kawuma.

  1. Establishment of a Business Incubation Centre where young people with business ideas will be helped to incubate them into business innovations and business.
  2. A total of 80 students at UMI have benefitted from the merit based scholarships. Today we graduate the second lot of our students under these scholarships.
  3. We received funding worth 106 million for components of gender, HIV/AIDS and Special Needs Education.
  4. We have received USD 1 million for ICT equipment which has boosted our ICT facilities in the Institute.

 

 

CONSULTANCIES AND COLLABORATIONS

The Institute has continued to play its role as a key national and international provider of management capacity development training and consultancy services. Over the last one year we have continued to:

  1. Collaborate with Danida Fellowship Centre: on trainings in Procurement and Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation;
  2. Collaborate with the UNDP in building leadership and Management capacity for Somali Civil Service. In the recent past we have trained over 50 civil servants from Somalia;
  3. In collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Sports through a funding by GPE, UMI is conducting leadership and management capacity development trainings for primary school managers countrywide. To date we have trained a total of 1,151 schools from over 30 districts with 2,337 HT/DHT (25% female) and 5,291 (22% female) members of school management committees;
  4. Implement trainings in several disciplines for various sectors including Ministries, and International Agencies and NGO sector;
  5. Over the last 14 years we have collaborated with Senior Command and Staff College, Kimaka to professionalize the UPDF in the area of leadership and management. We shall soon have a jointly developed curriculum with UPDF for diploma in Leadership and Management;
  6. The School of Public Administration, Governance and Leadership is in the process of developing a program in Security Management leading to awards of certificates and diplomas. It is intended for building security management capacity in organizations especially the private security organizations that provide private security to most of our business sectors. The curriculum is being designed in collaboration with the public sector security agencies;
  7. We are also moving to the frontier staff of government especially Senior Assistant Secretaries (Sub-county) and Parish Chiefs including Ward Agents. Following the President’s concern on the haphazard development of trading centers into towns, The Institute has developed a curriculum on basic skills development in urban planning and development and a dedicated ordinary diploma in public administration and management for Parish Chiefs and Ward Agents; In addition the Institute is in a process of developing a curriculum for capacitating political leaders with leadership skills especially at local levels.
  8. UMI has developed an Executive Short Course in Higher Education Leadership and Management for University Leaders. This course will go a long way to improve on how Higher Education Institutions are managed in this country. UMI collaborates with the East and South African-German Centre of Excellence for Educational Research Methodologies and Management (CERM-ESA); it is a joint project between the Moi University, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the University of Oldenburg, the University of Dar es Salaam and the Uganda Management Institute. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) funds this project with the support of the Federal Foreign Office. We are benefitting through PhD and training of UMI staff in doctoral supervision and research management;
  9. The University of Hamburg and UMI are working together on a short course on Disaster and Risk Management. Other areas include a) Joint research, b) Joint Programs, c) Exchange of academics, d) Joint lectures and seminars, and e) Exchange of academic material and information publications;
  10. UMI and Grand Valley State University, USA has started staff exchange where our staff give lectures at GVSU and they also come to give lectures here;
  11. Building institutional capacity for training leadership and management of Ugandan and Ethiopian Universities (LMEU) Project which is a cooperation between Uganda, Finland, Ethiopia and South Africa, where Dr Barifaijo is a board member, has staff exchanges where UMI staff each at University of Tampere and our PhD students are on student exchange.

 

Madam Chancellor, a University’s job is ultimately to add on the body of knowledge available at any one time and indeed UMI is mandated as the higher institution of learning charged with enhancing skills of public servants, but also aligning the private sector and civil society, with desirous skills to grow the country. May I report that in conjunction with the Cabinet Secretariat UMI is responsible for six (6) Policy briefs in this ending financial Year.

 

PARTNERSHIPS

In pursuit of regional presence, the following partnerships have been initiated by the Institute:

  1. Burundi’s National School of Public Administration: Under this collaboration, UMI will build capacity of Burundian Civil servants in various management disciplines including public procurement, leadership and management.
  2. Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) -South Sudan: The Institute has initiated a partnership with JICA aimed at building capacity for public servants of the Republic of South Sudan. The five (5) year project will be funded by JICA and UMI will be the implementing agency.
  3. Office of the Prime Minister: The Institute has partnered with the Office of the Prime Minister, specifically on the Monitoring and Evaluation component of Government projects and programs, and in developing a short course on Disaster and Risk Management.

 

Challenges.

Madam Chancellor and our Chief Guest despite our successes, the Institute has had some challenges namely:

Lack of space for training and other services. Our programs are growing popular by the day. We have been forced to shelve some highly demanded programs and also take on a few applicants due to lack of training space. This explains why we are fast tracking the infrastructure development. However due to the limited resources we find it a challenge to fulfill our plans. Once the challenge of lack of space is overcome our financial challenges will be drastically reduced.

 

Graduands

I wish to congratulate all of the graduands upon this major achievement and wish them well in their careers as they apply their newly acquired skills, knowledge and competencies.

 

This major achievement which necessitated you to sacrifice your valuable time to do the various activities and the knowledge you have gained at UMI will not only benefit you as individuals but your organizations and this country as a whole. The successes in development of this country now lie in your hands.  Remember UMI Alumni are never in second places.  They always excel and struggle to be in the driver’s seat all the time and remain in them.  Go out and demonstrate positively that you have been at UMI. From today you are alumni of UMI and we expect you to contribute to the development of this Institute. Go out and be ambassador of this Institute.

 

To those who have passed the postgraduate programs with second lower class and above will be given provisional admissions for Masters in Management Studies.  You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

 

Allow me to thank you Madam Chancellor, Chairperson and Members of the Governing Council, my fellow members of staff for the tireless efforts you have exerted to make sure that the Institute keeps running.  Your spirit of team work cannot go unrecognized.

 

In conclusion Madam Chancellor allow me to pledge to our Chief Guest our continued support, determination and readiness to support him in the efforts is taking to build this country. Our efforts in contributing to peace and security, good governance, leadership and democracy, enhancing quality education, increasing access to medium and long term development, developing public and private sector Institutions, developing human capital, supporting comprehensive planning and management of urban and rural development for social and economic development, helping the youth incubate business ideas and translating them into businesses and making Uganda a center of excellence in capacity support and building not only in Uganda but the World over,  is our package of support to him.

 

For God and My Country.

Dr. James L Nkata

DIRECTOR GENERAL

April 27th April 2018

 

 
 

SPEECH BY THE CHANCELLOR, HON NAMIREMBE BITAMAZIRE, AT THE 16TH GRADUATION

CEREMONY OF UMI ON 4TH APRIL, 2018, GULU BRANCH.

 

The Chief Guest

Hon. Ministers of Parliament

The Head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet

The RDC Gulu District

 Chairman LC5 Gulu District

Council Members and all District Officials

The Chairman and Members of the UMI Governing Council

Chancellors and Vice Chancellors of Sister Universities

Permanent Secretaries

Management and Staff of UMI, Gulu Branch

Distinguished Invited Guests

Graduands

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

I welcome you all at this 16th graduation ceremony of UMI at Gulu Branch for the Academic year 2016/2017. We thank you for your unfailing support to this Branch and UMI in general.

Chief Guest,

It is our submission that there is a growing need and an increasing demand for skillful, efficient and committed managers, leaders and administrators, not only to manage the rapid and multiple socio-economic and political changes in the country, but also to manage the development and growth programs in both the public and private sectors.

 

Issues of work ethics, integrity, efficacy, commitment, accountability and corruption compromise good governance and create serious performance gaps in the service delivery systems in the country causing public concern. I am happy to report that UMI is designing training modules to address the problem. These will be conducted alongside the conventional courses and skilling modules in management, leadership and administrative disciplines.

 

UMI wishes to assure Government of her sustainable and continued support to policies and programs targeting building and development of management capacities to drive Uganda to a Middle Income Status. In that respect I appeal to the Central and Local Governments to give UMI financial and material resources to enable her to implement her planned training programs.

 

Chief Guest,

The Director General in his speech gave a detailed report of our achievements, we owe such success to the Governing Council led by Chairman, Francis X.K Lubanga the Academic and the Administrative committees led by DR. Nkata the Director General. These people are doing an excellent job, and I highly commend them to you and to the entire congregation here present.

 

Similar commendation goes to the management and administrative staff at Gulu for their demonstrated commitment and hard work over the past academic year 2016/2017. Let me add that your management skills and cooperation with the participants and all stakeholders has resulted in success by all.

 

To the Graduands,

Those who have sponsored your studies at UMI, including parents and spouses, deserve our public recognition and thanks at this ceremony. THANK YOU ALL.

 

We are joining you all the graduands to celebrate your hard earned success. UMI empowers you to excel in your contribution to the local and national building development process. Your services should be commendable and life changing for individuals, communities and society in general. Avoid giving text book answers to real life problems in your operations as managers and as leaders.

 

On behalf of this congregation, I wish you a festive day and success hereafter.

 

Finally, I recognize and thank all the staff of UMI at Gulu Branch, Security Agencies, Government institutions, all partners and allies, the Press and all who support UMI and contribute to her success. Special thanks go to the Gulu District Administration and Political leadership for their interest, support and care for the UMI Branch in Gulu. Your investment both financial and material will no doubt benefit the District and the Northern Region in general.

Thank you. For God and my country.

 

Hon. Gerard Namirembe Bitamazire

Chancellor, UMI

4th May, 2018

 
 

SPEECH BY THE CHANCELLOR, HON GERARD NAMIREMBE BITAMAZIRE, AT THE 16TH GRADUATION

CEREMONY OF UMI ON APRIL 27, 2018

 

The Chief Guest, Your Excellence the President of the Republic of Uganda, and the Visitor, General Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

Hon. Ministers, present

Hon. Members of Parliament

The Head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet

The Chairman and Members of the UMI Governing Council

Chancellors and Vice Chancellors of Sister Universities

Permanent Secretaries

Distinguished Invited Guests

Management and Staff of UMI

Graduands

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

 

Your Excellency,

I am honored to welcome you to Uganda Management Institute and to host you at the 16th Graduation Ceremony both as the Visitor and also as Chief Guest.

 

You are most welcome your Excellency!

The entire community of UMI is honored and grateful for your acceptance of our invitation to preside over this ceremony today at the Kampala Campus.

 

Mr. President, your presence at the graduation is evidence of the Government Support to Uganda Management Institute in her efforts to realize her mission to develop practical and Sustainable Management, Leadership and Administrative capacities and capabilities in Uganda and beyond.

A total of 2,614 of whom 1,303 are females (49.8%), are graduating this year. These include those who are to graduate at Mbarara, Gulu and Mbale Regional Centers of UMI at subsequent ceremonies.

 

 

Chief Guest,

It is our submission that there is a growing need and an increasing demand for skillful, efficient and committed managers, leaders and administrators, not only to manage the rapid and multiple socio-economic and political changes in the country, but also to drive the development and growth process in both the public and private sector.

 

Mr. President,

Issues of work ethics, integrity, efficacy, commitment, accountability and corruption compromise good governance and create serious performance gaps in the service delivery systems in the public and private sector organization.

I am happy to report that UMI is designing training modules to address the problem. This will be alongside the conventional courses and skilling modules in management, leadership and administrative disciplines.

UMI wishes to assure your Excellency of her sustainable and continued support to government policies and programs in building and developing management capacities to drive Uganda to a middle income status. Within our mandate and competencies, and where need arises UMI will review her programs and introduce innovative units and courses to address the needs and meet the demand locally and regionally.

We thank the Minister of Education Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni and her team for the support and funding that has enabled UMI to develop her physical infrastructure through the HEST project of the African Development Bank.  Furthermore, the staff salary enhancement was a big Government motivation to our staff.

 

 

Mr. President,

We have made a number of achievements over the past years as elaborated by the Director General in his speech. We owe such success to the Governing Council led by Chairman, Francis X.K Lubanga the Academic and the Administrative committees led by Dr. Nkata the Director General. These people are doing an excellent job, and I highly commend them to you and to the entire congregation here present.

 

A request Mr. President:

Uganda Management Institute is soon embarking on the 2nd phase of the five years Master Estates Development Plan. It is estimated to cost UGX 65billion. The Institute is able and budgeting to raise UGX. 10billion only from internally generated revenue in the next financial year.

We are taking this unique opportunity to request for government financial support to enable us to implement that Plan.

 

To the Graduands, 

My special congratulations go to those who have qualified for the award of PhD degrees. These are the 1st cohort at UMI since her inception. Congratulations!

 

We are joining you all the graduands at this 16th ceremony to celebrate your success. UMI empowers you to excel in your respective careers and fields of operation. Stand tall and make your contribution to national building and development process commendable and life changing for individuals, communities and society in general.

On behalf of this congregation, I wish you a festive day and success hereafter.

 

Finally, I recognize and thank all the Staff of UMI, Security Agencies, Government institutions, all partners and allies, the Press and all who support UMI and contribute to her success.

I thank you your Excellency

 

Hon. Gerard Namirembe Bitamazire

Chancellor UMI

27th April 2018

 

 

 
 

SPEECH BY THE CHANCELLOR, HON NAMIREMBE BITAMAZIRE, AT THE 16TH GRADUATION CEREMONY

OF UMI ON 11TH MAY, 2018, MBALE BRANCH.

 

The Chief Guest

Hon. Minister

Members of Parliament

The RDC Mbale District

Chairman LC5 Mbale District

Council Members and all District Officials

The Chairman and Members of UMI Governing Council

Chancellors and Vice Chancellors of Sister Universities

Permanent Secretaries

Management and Staff of UMI, Mbale Branch

Distinguished Invited Guests

Graduands

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

I welcome you all at this 16th graduation ceremony of UMI at Mbale Branch for the Academic year 2016/2017. We thank you all for your unfailing support to this Branch and to UMI in general.

 

 

Chief Guest,

UMI welcomes you in a special way as a top Government official at this function. Your attendance indicates the commitment of Government to develop Higher Education Institutions and Universities into knowledge and skills training centers for human capital in the country.

 

We thank Government and highly appreciate the efforts made to provide an enabling environment for people to upgrade their knowledge and skills. This enhances their opportunities to realize their dreams through service to their communities and to the country in general.

 

Chief Guest,

As reported by the Director General in his speech, UMI continues to deliver on her strategic initiatives and objectives to build human capital capacities to address the current and future issues in the public and private sector service delivery systems.

 

The declining labor productivity, the widening performance gaps, lack of ethical work cultures and corruption compromise efficiency in the service sectors. Poor performance and inefficiency at both organizational and individual levels in the service systems must be addressed as Uganda gears to achieving Middle Income status in the near future.

The courses offered by UMI at various levels build managerial and leadership skills which the country requires to implement the strategic and long term development plans. In that respect I appeal to the Central and Local Governments to give financial and material resources to enable UMI to implement fully her planned and local priority programs at the Mbale Branch and at other campuses in the country.

 

Chief Guest,

The Director General in his eloquent speech gave a detailed report of our successes and achievements. We owe such success to the Governing Council led by Chairman, Francis X.K Lubanga, the Academic and the Administrative Committees led by Dr. Nkata, the Director General. These people are doing an excellent job, and I highly commend them to you and to the entire congregation here present.

 

Similar commendation goes to the management and administrative staff at Mbale Branch for their demonstrated commitment and hard work over the past academic year 2016/2017. Let me add that their management skills and cooperation with the participants and all stakeholders in the Region, and in Mbale in particular, has resulted in success by all. There is cause and reason for our celebration today.

 

To the Graduands,

Those who have sponsored your studies at UMI, including Government, parents and spouses, deserve our public recognition and thanks at this ceremony. Let us all THANK THEM!

This congregation is joining you the granduands to celebrate your hard earned success. UMI empowers you to excel in your contribution to the local and national building development process. Your management and leadership services should be commendable and life changing for individuals, communities and society in general.

 

The newly acquired knowledge and skills should add value to your managerial and leadership services in your respective portfolios. In other words the challenge to you is to apply the knowledge and use the skills to diagnose peoples’ real issues and needs and find appropriate and practical solutions to them.

On behalf of this congregation, I wish you a festive day and success hereafter.

 

Finally, Special thanks go to the Mbale District Administration and Political Leadership for their interest, support and care for the UMI Branch in Mbale. Your investment both financial and material will no doubt benefit the District and the Eastern Region in general.

I recognize and thank all the UMI staff at Mbale Branch, Security Agencies, Government Institutions, all partners and allies, the Press and all who support UMI and contribute to her success.

Thank you. For God and my country.

 

Hon. Gerard Namirembe Bitamazire

Chancellor UMI

11th May, 2018