Kibaki Com­mends Mak­erere’s Spirit of Ex­cel­lence

Diplomat East Africa - - The Region -

Re­tired Pres­i­dent Mwai Kibaki has given Mak­erere Univer­sity the go-ahead to have the pro­posed Cen­tre for Lead­er­ship, Pub­lic Fi­nance and Pol­icy as well as the East African Pres­i­den­tial Li­brary on the Cam­pus grounds named after him.

He was host­ing a high-pow­ered del­e­ga­tion from the Ugan­dan univer­sity who paid him a cour­tesy call in Nairobi.

The del­e­ga­tion led by the Univer­sity chan­cel­lor, Prof George Kagony­era, com­prised the Univer­sity Coun­cil chair­man, Dr. Charles Etyem and Vice Chan­cel­lor, Prof. John Ddumba-Ssen­tamu briefed the for­mer Pres­i­dent, who is one of the in­sti­tu­tion’s most dis­tin­guished alma mater, the var­i­ous de­vel­op­ments be­ing un­der­tak­ing in Mak­erere in its ex­pan­sion en­deav­ours. The del­e­ga­tion re­quested the for­mer Head of State to con­sider ac­cept­ing to have his name as­so­ci­ated with one of Africa’s most renowned univer­si­ties.

Kibaki said the pro­posed Cen­tre for Lead­er­ship, Pub­lic Fi­nance and Pol­icy and the East African Pres­i­den­tial Li­brary would en­hance the knowl­edge and the common good of the re­gion and its peo­ple.

He ob­served that the one univer­sal chal­lenge that con­fronts hu­man­ity right across the world re­volves around the de­sire to pro­gres­sively im­prove its well­be­ing and make life on earth more bear­able. The academia owes the world a huge obli­ga­tion in this arena. He told them, “At the heart of your pre­oc­cu­pa­tion as the top man­age­ment of Mak­erere Univer­sity, is to con­tin­u­ously find it wor­thy to keep ex­pand­ing the fron­tiers of knowl­edge.

“As one of Mak­erere’s alma mater, I am proud of the progress the univer­sity has made so far and the fu­ture plans Mak­erere in­tends to im­ple­ment in the days to come.”

De­scrib­ing the essence of his alma mater as the Mak­erere Spirit, Kibaki praised the Univer­sity, where he once stud­ied and taught, for carv­ing for it­self a place of hon­our in the East African re­gion and, in­deed, across the whole con­ti­nent over the years.

He noted ob­served with pride that the in­sti­tu­tion has never tired of seek­ing greater ex­cel­lence over its many years of ex­is­tence and that along the way, it has set­tled into an aca­demic cul­ture that has grad­u­ally of­fered a bench­mark for Africa’s as­pi­ra­tions in univer­sity ed­u­ca­tion.

Kibaki en­cour­aged the lead­er­ship of Mak­erere to re­main fo­cused on the spirit and let­ter of in­sti­tu­tion in or­der to en­sure it re­mains a Cen­tre of Ref­er­ence in ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion in Africa

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