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Dear Readers,

Welcome to the fifth issue of The KIU Giraffe Times. As we pass the half-year mark of 2018, the campus is more quiet than usual, compared to the most recent months which were characteristically brimming with activity. Among the exciting activities recently held were the Inter-Faculty Sports Gala and the colorful Cultural Gala, for which we are grateful to the different National and International Students Cultural Associations. A lot was showcased before excited and jubilant spectators and participants alike. The KIU students are second to none in these two major annual events. Bravo the KIU students! Bravo the patrons to the Associations and Bravo the academic leadership in the different Colleges and Schools. 

The extra-curricular activities at KIU are a bonus to our renowned provision of world-class education and excellence in academics. We take great pride in our dynamic staff, innovative practices, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and multi-disciplinary academic programs. KIU provides the best study and work environments, in an increasingly competitive higher education landscape. 

Moving forward in 2018, KIU is making innovation a strategic priority and seeks to encourage creativity and innovation that can back Uganda’s Vision 2040 where the country aims at leapfrogging in the areas of science, technology, innovation, and engineering. Through this initiative, the university will establish a competitive force throughout the scientific research community of the country and beyond. For example, in March 2018, a number of innovations by some of our brilliant students were exhibited at the National Universities’ annual exhibition held at the Uganda Manufacturers Association grounds under the auspices of the National Council of Higher Education.

KIU students are continuously mentored and trained by our own staff. Some of the exciting innovations include among others: 

The Petrograph App by Suleiman Abubakr, a student at the KIU Western Campus. This app assists in effective management of pre-eclampsia and provides other health related functionalities. 

Secondly, the Virtual Classroom App by Benson Ndayizeye, a student at the Main Campus. This application creates options of learning outside the traditional classroom, yet making it possible to interface with the lecturer and other students on location and in real time. 

Thirdly, The Personal Clinic App by Innocent Nyadru and Team who are students at the Main Campus. This Application simulates human conversations, or chats, through artificial intelligence. It presents the probable disease after inputting the symptoms and suggests the nearest doctor, address and contacts in the locality. 

Last but not the least, The Health Directory Authentication App by Daniel Muwanguzi and team, students at the  Western Campus. The HDA app examines and evaluates the authenticity of health facilities and practitioners. 

Furthermore, KIU will remain steadfast in preparing students by providing opportunities for them to develop their skills, abilities, and talents. In effect, this ensures that our graduates are better prepared for the competitive job market. For sure we keep getting better and better, and evidently so. We take advantage of modern technologies, hire the most competitive staff, and create an enabling for everyone to make a contribution to this successful journey of exploring the heights. 

On behalf of Management, let me extend my sincere appreciation to the visionary Board of Trustees (BOT), led by its Chair, Al-Haj Hassan Basajjabala, the University Council Chairperson and members, academic, administrative and support staff who do their best to ensure that KIU operates flawlessly. I also thank our students who continue to portray a good image of the university and remain focused on the core purpose of academic excellence integrated with all support non-academic functions of KIU.

On a sad note, we mourn the passing away of Mr. Adrian Kyamugina, a founding Member of KIU, a council member and chairperson of the Finance, and Strategic Planning Committee. Mr Kymugina was indeed a pillar of KIU who will be remembered for his positive contribution to the establishment, progress and development of the University. We also mourn the passing on among others Prof Rwomushana, Prof F. Byarugaba, Dr. Rao, Dr Fr. Evaristo Mukama and our three students at Western Campus. And all those who passed on whose names have not been listed but who were part of the KIU family. May their souls rest in eternal peace. We bereave with the families of the deceased. 

Dr. Mouhamad Mpezamihigo, Vice Chancellor 

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