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[January 29, 2014]
Makerere chancellor lauds government on South Sudan [Daily Monitor, The (Uganda)]
(Daily Monitor, The (Uganda) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Kampala- Makerere University Chancellor Mondo Kagonyera has lauded the government for its stance on the South Sudan conflict and urged pessimists to look at the bigger picture.
Speaking yesterday at the second day of the 64th Makerere University graduation ceremony, Prof Kagonyera said Uganda gains a lot from a peaceful South Sudan."I want to commend the government for the timely intervention. Our gallant brothers and sisters have continued to make sacrifices." The chancellor on Monday also said reflecting on the regional developments of the conflict in South Sudan, DRC and Central African Republic, academic institutions have the onus "to nurture strong leaders, with a focus on instilling in them not only a humanitarian spirit but also a desire to positively contribute to society".
The fighting in South Sudan, according to the UN, has claimed more than 2,000 lives.
A total of 2,318 students from the Colleges of Business and Management Science and College of Computing and Information Sciences were awarded degrees and diplomas.
The vice chancellor, Prof John Ddumba Ssentamu, announced a Shs7.4 billion ICT project geared at improving weather information management and forecast in Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania and Rwanda.
Making partnerships The project is aimed at establishing a centre for Appropriate Weather Information Management that will design, implement and supervise improvement in timeliness, accuracy and access of weather information.
Prof Ssentamu revealed the project will be implemented in collaboration with 12 other universities, including the University of Bergen (Norway), University of Juba (South Sudan) and Dar-es-Salaam Institute of Technology.
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