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First UPDF Officers Graduate in Makerere’s New Masters in Security Course



Author Jerome MUNYENTWALI Views

Makerere University concluded its graduation event in which a total of 13, 350 learners took home degrees and diplomas in various fields. Among these, 15 are members of the armed forces (UPDF) who pioneered the new Master of Arts in Defence and Security Studies at the university.

The graduates in Arts in Defence and Security Studies included Esiaru Franco, Baguma Alikira Fred, Kajjubi Fred, Kasimbazi Kanyima John Francis, Lengusuranga Fabian Letais, Lwagaba James, Mbidde Abubakar, Mwamunyange Catherine Vanessa, Mwebaze Harriet, Nangamba Ronald, Nyonyi Godfrey Renutus, Owamagyezi Gilbert, Sichei Naibei Anthony and Wamunddu Cassette Ignatius.

The Masters of Arts in Defence and Security Studies was introduced in 2015 following a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Makerere University and the Ministry of Defence in 2014 with the aim of professionalizing the army.

The programme is offered to UPDF Officers and is taught by members of staff from the Department of Political and Public Administration, Makerere University.

The programme is aimed at reinforcing the capacity of soldiers in the region to among other issues tackle the ever growing threat of terror.

Course units taught under the programme include, the theory and practice of military intelligence; global politics; command, leadership and management; training doctrine in defense forces; theory and practice of modern warfare; joint war planning; issues in African international studies; and research methodology in defense and security studies.

The graduation ceremony was attended by senior army officers namely; Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti, the Chairman of the General Court Martial; Brig Jim Wills Byarugaba, UPDF Chief of Training and Recruitment and Col. Steven Atukwase, the Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Defence and Security Studies Programme at the Senior Command and Staff College, KIMAKA.

Meanwhile, other notable officials who graduated yesterday included Justice Steven Kavuma who took home a Masters of Arts in International Relations and Diplomatic Studies and Polly Namaye (Master of Arts in Journalism and Communication).

During the graduation ceremony, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe congratulated the graduands and cautioned them against acts of indiscipline.

“The opportunities out there are immense, but only the disciplined will find them,” he said.

He expressed gratitude to the Government for considering the allocation of competitive research funds to Makerere University in the next Financial Year.

“With this support, Makerere University is set to increase her research output and impact on our socio-economic development,” he noted.

The Chancellor, Prof. Ezra Suruma warned staff and students against actions that compromise the moral integrity of the University. “

Source:Chimpreports.com





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