Statement from the Convocation Chairperson (2013-2016)
Theme: Outreach, Representation and Participation
Dunstan Atwijukye, 32, is a pioneer student of Kyambogo University 2001-2003. As Chairperson of the KYU Convocation, he aims to stimulate a culture of giving back to the University, increase the level of participation of alumni, and encourage greater alumni participation across the board.
â€œThe role of Convocation has not caught on at Kyambogo University yet,â€ says Dunstan, adding that graduates and staff â€œhave got to take care of Kyambogoâ€ and that a culture of giving back and protecting the Kyambogo brand has to be created across the University community. Dunstan plans to utilise his experience as an educator and community development expert to galvanise graduates and local business to increase outreach and giving, by supporting University activities, functioning, scholarships and fellowships.
â€œThe involvement of members of Convocation is one of our major challenges,â€ he adds. â€œMany alumni, while not negative about Kyambogo, remain indifferent. I plan to work on getting more members of Convocation involved. I also hope to remind Kyambogo graduates from all racial and cultural backgrounds that Kyambogo belongs to all of us.â€
Sub-committees that support the work of Convocation
One of the ways Dunstan intends encouraging participation is through sub-committees â€“ in which he is a â€œhuge believerâ€, citing their usefulness in encouraging participation, ownership, accountability and mentorship amongst members.
Several sub-committees exist, three of which â€“ Finance, Projects, Publicity and Academic Affairs regards as critical. The Finance and Projects sub-committees are responsible for fundraising, the Publicity sub-committee for disseminating Executive Committeeâ€™s vision for the future and for ensuring diversity of representation, and the Academic Affairs sub-committee for surveillance of â€œDomestic Academic issuesâ€ that nurture lifelong loyalty to graduatesâ€™ alma mater.
â€œI want to challenge and encourage Kyambogo graduates to think about what we all have to offer to Kyambogo,â€ he urges. â€œWe as graduates of Kyambogo should want better for our University. This is not just good for Kyambogo, but it is good for the value of the qualifications that we obtained at Kyambogo.â€
â€œI know there are thousands out there that love Kyambogo as much as I do,â€ concludes Dunstan. â€œI strongly urge all members to volunteer to serve on Convocation sub-committees. Take ownership of Convocation. My hope is that all will accept the challenge and offer their expertise and dedication so that we contribute towards making Kyambogo one of the top 100 universities in the world. Iâ€™m counting on all members to work with me to move the Convocation forward.â€