Ven.Dr. Daniel Kajumba(Archdeacon Emeritus/Chair Adonai Adventures)
It is an honor to be part of a new generation whose passion is embedded in changing the relationship between society and universities
Sustainable Partnerships in Education especially in Higher Education are the core values for better exit strategies to transit students into realistic aspirations. There is high potential in Africa Graduate University (AGU) in that directly contributing and challenging standards of higher education Systems in Uganda impacts on the sustainable economic growth.
Current debates on the conflict between free Primary Education (UPE) and the lack of support on the exit of students into career realisation is reason behind the provision of a much needed non- profit making University as highlighted in: The Global Higher Education for Sustainability partnerships (GHESP) 2001.
The role of education in imparting knowledge, values, skills and attitude is directed towards sustainable development. There must be a level playing field that balances economy, society and environment: this can only be realized through recognizing higher education aspirations and goals
The UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UDESD) recognizes UNESCO’s efforts to work with Government Ministries particularly in Uganda to assist the Ministry of Education implement strategies, ensure that goals and aspirations are met as planned. This would also support the realization of the Millennium Development Goals by UNESCO and the government of Uganda to come up with a strategy to guide the implementation of the UNDESD in Uganda.
In the series of lectures Newman delivered in Dublin in 1854, he defined values, or “intellectual virtues”. These values remain at the very heart of universities to this day: free speech and free inquiry, and intellectual honesty. To these values Newman linked the moral obligation to convey the results of research to others. This obligation both demands and explains the unity of research, teaching, publication and other ways of transferring knowledge to the wider world 3. It is the ground on which we still stand, and reminds us that knowledge transfer is not an invention of the 1990s. Universities have always existed to serve society, from their special position of honest independence.
Like most Universities in Uganda (AGU) support the realisation of dreams with minimal costs which is recognised in the mission statement:
Provide the highest standards of professional education service through research, training and teaching
AGU intends to go a step further by implementing realistic exist strategies which are to be incorporated with in the University’s last year of Education. Its is our responsibility not only to equip our students with knowledge but to also give them survival tools to meander through the unforgiving world channels to achieve economic prosperity. We must not contribute to institutional risks of creating heavy dependency on white collar jobs which are becoming exclusive