"I can sum up my visit with three words. 1)Milestone 2)Vision 3)Imagination. I am honored to experience something of the future and to be apart of the redefinition of space and its transformation. I congratulate Dr. Ian and the CIU administration on its commitment to the vision. Only dreamers can accomplish what CIU has accomplished in such a short time. The possibilities are endless at this point. Keep dreaming. Keep imagining. "
These were the remarks made by Bishop.Dr.D Zac Niringiye on the 11/09/2020, as he visited CIU's new campus in Muyenga for the first time. He was accompanied by Dr.Moses Galukande, the chair of the University council, Dr.Ian Clarke the promoter and Dr.Rose Clarke Nanyonga, the Vice Chancellor of the University.
Dr.D.Zac Niringiye is a retired Assistant Bishop of the Diocese of Kampala, Church of Uganda, and Clarke International University's Chancellor.
On March 20th, government ordered the closure of all education institutions to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus.
However, on September 20th , President Museveni said that after a period of over six months, schools will reopen to allow finalists complete school.
“We have decided to reopen schools for candidate classes including P.7, S.4 and S.6 plus finalists in tertiary institutions like colleges and universities,” Museveni said.
The President explained that experts think it is safe for finalists to resume studies because they are only 1.5 million which represents only 10% of the total number of 15 million learners in country.
“Each group will have bigger space for social distancing. If they follow Standard Operating Procedures, they will be safe. The cost of waiting any further is very high because of the jam of transition.”
“If the batch of 2020 don’t move on, what will happen to batch of 2021? We can’t afford to have both in 2021. It can be done safely if people follow SOPs.”
Museveni however noted that non-finalists can only be thought of in January.
On several occasions, owners of private schools have called upon government to come to their help since they borrowed money from various financial institutions.
Museveni said since Ugandans have tested both scenarios of no deaths because of the lockdown and one of laxity and death, they should be careful with their lives.
“Our scientists are sure if people strictly adhere to guidelines, they will be safe. Many people moved on by listening to advise of false prophets that the virus was not there. In this case, by sowing negligence and disobedience we are reaping more sickness and deaths,” he said.
“We should put emphasis on observation of SOPs. Provided SOPs are strictly followed at a personal and group level, the virus can be contained.”
Uganda as of today the 21st of September has recorded 6,287 cases and only 63 deaths since the first case of Coronavirus was recorded in March.
Innovative interventions that foster mental health well-being during and after COVID-19 are a critical priority to enhance coping strategies and sustain mental health well-being for many people. More importantly, we need providers who are well trained and accessible. Our new partnership with Tutapona allows us to offer a training solution for providers who are seeking to enhance their skills to provide trauma-informed care. We had a virtual graduation this morning with our pioneer group. We invite candidates for our next intake in October. Read more about the program here. https://ciu.ac.ug/…/Tutapona-s-Certificate-in-Trauma-and-Ad…
After over a decade of working towards this point, Clarke International University is finally moving into a new home – the Clarke International University (CIU) owned building and campus in Bukasa. The setting is dramatic, the building look out over a stunning view on one side, and surrounded by a towering cliff face on the other. The journey to this point has had plenty of drama as well, huge efforts have been made to get the team to this point; many sacrifices, and much investment both personally and financially from founder and promoter Dr Ian Clarke.
The move is significant for a number of reasons. It signifies the solid commitment of CIU to ensure the permanence of the university, institutionally, and physically. It is a purpose built facility, as opposed to a rented structure which we need to make compromises with. It also crucially removes the last barrier preventing the university from being able to apply for a university charter. Having their own home satisfies the National Council for Higher Education’s (NCHE) requirement for chartered universities to own their own campus. Finally, the university can now apply for the University Charter.
This milestone is also just the first step. This first phase is the building which provides a permanent home for CIU in a new campus. There are however great and grand plans for continued growth. The master plan, which will be achieved over some years, is for a campus that can accommodate over 4,000 students. This plan was developed with an architect specialized in university design. It will be a facility purpose made for learning and student life, with immense care taken to ensure the fulfilment of the NCHE requirements for universities, and making excellent use of the natural beauty of the environment and cliff faces around us.
‘’We see today as the milestone that opens us up to the possibility of growth in our current programs, and development of new programs, all with the explicit goal of #making a difference.
”We thank the university founder and promoter Dr Ian Clarke for his continuing investment into the University, without which this would not be possible.’’
‘’We thank Dr Rose Nanyonga Clarke for steering this ship to bring us to this point. We thank our Registrar for being a constant and for her wisdom over the years, and our Director of Finance for the very tricky job of managing limited funds. We thank all those who are too numerous to name for working as part of the CIU leadership and family, for their dedication and commitment to the university, and we hope that they enjoy their new place of work. ‘’
‘’And we especially thank our students for choosing CIU. We hope that this new development helps to confirm to you that you made the right choice in doing so. ‘’ – Sean Clarke ,CEO Clarke Group Education
As a values based university, this facility will allow the team to grow in directions that make the most impact on their communities and nation.
Originally posted by Glim